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Review: Metallica (Reading Festival - Main Stage)

Our highlight performance for Saturday - Metallica

Review: Metallica (Reading Festival - Main Stage)

Metallica (Credit: Reading Festival, Photographer: Jen O'Neill)

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

The choice to put Metallica as the Saturday night headliner at Reading Festival was a smart idea. Reading is known for its loud fans who “don’t care what you think about them”… it’s like a weekend-long pub crawl. The legendary US metal band matched their fans excitement by pulling off a thrilling set full of heavy bass, screaming guitars and thundering drums.

Kicking off with bass intense Fuel and ending their set with a trio of Master of Puppets, Fade to Black and Seek & Destroy, the rock gods were unrelentless. It was an all-encompassing experience, with fans through-out Richfield Avenue feeling apart of the action. The lighting design was truly spectacular, especially the lasers during One.

Their encore included a traditional cover of Whiskey in the Jar before classics Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman were belted. At some points, the crowd’s vocal performance almost matched the velocity of the bands.

The intensity of the set only increased as time went on, with the encore featuring lasers, massive lighting displays, huge black bouncy balls before ending with an impressive pyrotechnic display as Enter Sandman concluded.

Metallica were rumoured to be the most expensive Reading booking of all time, but it definitely paid off. The band, incapable of putting on a bad show, pulled off one of their best in front of thousands of adoring fans.

Preceded by not-quite-as-loud but still violently passionate sets by Bring Me The Horizon and Royal Blood, Saturday evening alone was worth the £200+ price tag of a Reading weekend ticket.


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