Reading and Leeds preview: Blink-182
Returning to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals for a second time are American pop-punk legends Blink-182. A band who undoubtedly rode the re-union hype to their headline slot in 2010, they still command a following of nostalgic 20-somethings who just can’t help but enjoy the band’s brand of singalong anthems and fart jokes. Now in their 40s, Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker are currently working on the follow up to 2011’s Neighbourhoods and whilst the jokes are now getting somewhat stale, they can call upon a back catalogue of hits. You know - and like - more than you are probably likely to admit.
Naturally, the set will be packed full of tracks like ‘All the Small Things’, ‘What’s My Age Again?’ and ‘Dammit’ as well as a few deeper cuts such as ‘Violence’ from 2003’s self-titled effort. However, whilst they have the hits, do they still have enough to engage the crowd at the end of a long day? We're inclined to think the pressure is off: no-one will be expecting Led Zeppelin-like grandeur, so what better way to round things off than some sloppy punk rock and 90 minutes of giggles?