It was that time of year again, Reading Festival rolls into the Berkshire area to deliver three days of one of the most diverse line-up instalments you are likely to see at a UK festival. Amassing genres from pop sensations to hardcore, all the way to pop punk and grime. As the sun soaked Richfield Avenue, we were at Reading Festival 2019 and we were ready to be entertained.
The first band we saw was Dreamers – a pop-rock trio from Manhattan, New York who had already made serious waves across the pond with the critically acclaimed debut record ‘This Album Does Not Exist’ and new record ‘Launch Fly Land’ that had amassed their most recent hit, ‘Die Happy’. Despite a few technical issues being visible when setting up to take to the stage, the three-piece made light work of putting that behind them as they thrusted into their setlist. Make no mistake, this was a band that had a point to prove and boy did they make it. Opening with the anthemic ‘SCREWS’. Any naysayers or newcomers to the band who were present in that tent immediately knew what was up from the first wave of the chorus. On a roll and feeding off the energy that the band were generating from such a engaging crowd – Dreamers ploughed through into the ‘Wolves(You Got Me) and the aforementioned ‘Die Happy’ to rapturous reception. Lead vocalist, Nick Wold took every spare moment to bask in the adoration from the crowd, inciting various arm swaying, fist pumps and sing-alongs – for a band making their debut performance in the UK, their infectious and tight set ensured that you could have been fooled into thinking they were seasoned veterans of playing in the UK. As their first songs merged into a time-machine, it was time for the Americans to bid farewell to the Reading Festival faithful but not without the delirium-inducing ‘Sweet Disaster’ capped off what was both an entertaining and absolutely captivating Reading Festival debut.