Making their Reading debut, Of Mice & Men sure know how to make a strong first impression. Drawing the biggest crowd this tent has seen all day, people spill outside, desperate to see the metalcore superstars or — to be more specific — Austin Carlile. Make no mistake, he's undoubtedly the star of the show.
Reading Festival: Of Mice & Men
Venue: Reading Festival
Metalcore superstars create havoc in too-small tent
During set opener Public Service Announcement he swiftly proves he has more energy than even the most fresh faced attendees celebrating GCSE results, running around stage, arms a whirlwind of fury. He has an almost messiah-like grip over the crowd, looming over them centre stage. Everyone follows his every command, and the walls of death and crowd surfers come in abundance.
His band mates deliver a performance that is damn near flawless, delivering every note with laser-like precision. They look and sound huge: so huge in they may have already outgrown this tent. They prompt a packed block of people to bounce along wall to wall, and it even spreads to those who can't even get inside.
While the fans loudly lap up a setlist relying heavily on this year's Restoring Force, not to mention the odd old favourite such as O.G.Loko, a few more hits may be the only thing preventing the California five-piece's plans for world domination from coming to fruition. It's easy to picture this show destroying bigger stages, and Of Mice & Men are certainly the betting man's choice for metal band most likely to be topping bills in the future.