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​People Are Comparing Reading And Leeds Fest In 2000 To This Year

​People Are Comparing Reading And Leeds Fest In 2000 To This Year

Sometimes it's great to indulge in a bit of a throwback, allowing yourself to get all nostalgic remembering the days of scoffing prawn cocktail Wotsits, BBQ rib flavour Walkers and Punky Penguin ice creams.

But harking back to the better days doesn't always leave you feeling quite so fantastic about the modern age we're in... as proven by the fans of Reading and Leeds Fest, who've been glumly comparing this year's line-ups with those of 2000.

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This year, the dual festivals - which have been taking place over the August bank holiday weekend - welcomed the likes of Post Malone, Skepta, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, Annie Mac and Hannah Wants, along with a smattering of more rock-led names like Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, Wolf Alice and Panic! At The Disco.

Many fans have taken to Twitter to compare the calibre of this year's acts to that of the lineup from 2000, which, it seems, was a bit of a corker.

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Yup, that's a strong offering of Oasis, Pulp, Stereophonics, Primal Scream, Beck, Placebo, Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Eminem, Muse, Embrace, Blind 182, Rage Againsts the Machine, Ian Brown, Doves and many, MANY more. Pretty solid, that, isn't it?


One person also posted the line-up from 2000 to Twitter, saying: "Maybe the last time the Reading/Leeds festival was relevant #2000."

Someone else pondered: "Is this actually about decline of Reading? or festivals generally? Don't know who equivalent of 2000 Eminem is in career stage/success these days, but they don't seem to be coming to be 8th on the bill at UK festivals so much now?"

Others said that it wasn't the standard of acts that was the issue, but the type - with one person simply saying the lineup wasn't 'very Reading'.

But then sometimes it can be good to break the mould a bit. After all, we all remember the furore that came with Beyonce's headline set at Glastonbury in 2011, which eventually she absolutely smashed... Don't @ me.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]