21st Century Appearances: 2008 Main Stage, 2007 NME Stage, 2006 Main Stage, 2005 NME Stage, 2004 Carling Stage
The Defining Reading Moment: The fifth birthday celebration and the mammoth cheering contest that ensued during “Rock N Roll Queen”.
The Subways are a criminally underrated band and I’m delighted to see them placing in a decent position on this list, as some proper recognition is long overdue, with three quality albums to their name loaded with awesome singles.
The band first performed at the Reading/Leeds festivals in 2004 and gave a great indication of what they are all about live: energetic high tempo performances with ridiculously catchy tunes. They’re the kind of band that will grab heaps of new fans with every performance. It was no surprise to see them booked again in 2005 this time on the NME Stage and then again returning in 2006 to perform on the Main Stage where they could showcase their obvious talents to a much larger audience. There’s nothing complicated about this band, it’s just straightforward rock and roll that is impossible not to sing along too. Billy, Charlotte and Josh all bring something to the band as well, not like alot of acts where one member is the star of the show, and the rest of the band are just a backing act.
They returned in 2007 for an impressive fourth year in a row and delivered a typical Subways set, and that is no bad thing. While their Main Stage set in 2008 would rank highly in my list of favourite Reading performances; it was just one of those sets where you can feel your adrenaline pumping and see it in everyone around you and the band were really feeding off of it. You can be sure it wont be long before this band are back at Reading/Leeds. Craig Brooks