After taking a break from the festival for a few years, The Subways returned in 2012 to sub headline the Festival Republic Stage, and my god, am I glad they did.
I was sceptical when I saw them announced, they are easily good enough to play any of the other bigger stages at the festival but in the end their placement created one of the best atmospheres I have ever felt at a gig. Everyone seemed to be a huge fan and whilst the band played, the crowd sang every word of what was a fantastically well judged set list. I’ve now seen the band 7 times and they are always amazing, but Friday nights show was the best I have ever seen them produce. Everyone I spoke to who had also escaped the dreariness of The Cure on the main stage agreed, The Subways absolutely killed it and easily cemented their place as one of the great Reading bands. Lewis Lowe