Do you know what the best thing to do 23 hours after you landed in England from Florida is? Go to Reading Festival! There was a very good reason though: Gerard Way was making his global debut (but not actually debut) on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.
My love for My Chemical Romance has been well documented, and Gerard Way has been my idol for 10 years now. Before he came on stage, I was nervous. Really, really nervous. What if it wasn't the same without the band? He hadn't yet released his album- What if I didn't like it? How was I going to enjoy a set where I knew none of the songs?
Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. Seeing him walk on that stage after 3 years was hugely emotional. The crowd- which was pretty substantial for an opening act- went crazy and Gerard was noticeably moved by it. He's always been very vocal about his love for Britpop, and his tracks certainly make that passion clear. Although it's still very Gerard in sound, it has a more radio-friendly, pop sound that I can totally get on board with. I'm very much looking forward to hearing the album and catching some more of his shows soon.
We didn't stay long after Gerard's set. I was incredibly jetlagged, and Christie had to get back to Essex, so we didn't feel like hanging around for hours, especially as there weren't many other bands we were into playing on Friday.
Of course, I stopped for the obligatory Aero Mint milkshake. I looked everywhere for the Dough Ball Deli that treated me so well at 2000Trees but, alas, it was nowhere to be seen!
After a quick mooch around the stalls, which seem to become fewer and fewer each year, we bailed out and headed home. Although the festival itself was pretty rubbish (seriously, Festival Republic, every year the tickets get more expensive and every year the festival itself gets worse), it was worth it just to see Gerard again. I love that man!