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We Are The Ocean: “I grew up going to Reading Festival”

This year’s Reading & Leeds Festival will kick off on Friday, headlined by The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica. Against Me!, PVRIS, Bring Me The Horizon, Drenge and current Upset cover stars, FIDLAR will also play amongst a heap of other greats.

We Are The Ocean will be taking their place on the Festival Republic Stage on Friday (Leeds) and Sunday (Reading).

“I grew up going to Reading Festival,” says guitarist Jack Spence, “and I can vividly remember my teenage years standing in the crowd, so to be viewing these same stages from the opposite perspective is a humbling feeling, and makes me appreciate how far we’ve come.

“My first Reading Festival – as it happens, my first ever festival – was in 2005, and I don’t remember a single act. Now that I look back at the line-up for that year, I’m pretty disappointed in myself. My main memories are from the campsite (yellow site; see, I even remember the site).”

This year, he’s hoping to see a little more. “Kendrick Lamar and Manchester Orchestra are top of my list – and whaddyaknow, they’re both playing the same day as us. It must be kismet. It will be great to see bands we’ve known and toured with over the years grace the big stages this year; Lonely the Brave, Twin Atlantic – I would add Don Broco to this list, but unfortunately we’ll be the other side of the country when they play. Screw you, kismet.”

Following the event, the band will be heading out on a massive UK tour in support of their new album ‘ARK’, kicking off in November. “We’re also looking to get further afield in the coming months, return to Europe and perhaps go beyond. Festival season takes over the summer and it can be quite hard to do fully fledged tours, but we love to tour so as soon as we can get back at it, we will.

“I’m not sure I’m allowed to announce [the UK tour supports] just yet, but we’ve been striving to take a more hands on approach to our support acts recently, focussing on the music itself; choosing bands we like personally, that we think that fans of our band will like, and that will add to the night as an event, rather than an act that will just shift a few tickets.”

Reading Festival 2015 has now completely sold out, with the last few weekend tickets snapped up a few days ago. Tickets for Leeds Festival are still available. Read more about Reading & Leeds in the September issue of Upset.

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