Fall Out Boy Reading & Leeds Festival Performance Review

Last weekend saw the almighty return of the massively hyped summer festival, happeningright here in the UK streching over the course of three days which is of course Reading & Leeds festival. With this year’s line-up including a selectionof some of my all time favourite bands such as Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and one of this years co-headliners and Reading and Leeds festival regulars Fall Out Boy, this post idea has been on my schdualfor month uponmonths and finally I have been ableto watch the four-piece bands performance in the inspirationand hope of a definate visit to Reading Fest by myself in the future for sure.

Fall Out Boy Reading & Leeds Festival Setlist

  1. The Phoenix
  2. Sugar We’re Goin Down
  3. Irresistible
  4. Alonte Together
  5. The Kids Aren’t Alright
  6. This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race
  7. Novocaine
  8. Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes
  9. Save Rock and Roll
  10. Forth of July
  11. Hum Hallelujah
  12. Uma Thurman
  13. Dance, Dance
  14. American Beauty/American Psycho
  15. I Don’t Care
  16. Thnks fr th Mmrs
  17. Centuries
  18. My Song’s Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)
  19. Saturday

“Don’t let anyone shrink your dreams. Keep them extra large.” – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)

Bassist Pete Wentz is pictured communicating with the crowd on Sunday at Reading Festival.

As most of you Fall Out Boy fans may know by now if you follow Pete Wentz on his Snapchat and listened to his announcement, theyhave created and devised a new cocept which is named the Bloom Project. Fundermentaly, the Bloom Project is planned to be a visual masterpiece, which is an idea the guys formed a couple months back shortly after the ending of Wintour, which will include a short film that is hoping to be inspiring, creative and compelling. So as part of this new approach, Fall Out Boy were joined on stage during their appearences recently with other participants who were seen to handle fire and portray acrobatics who are part of the Bloom Project team. At first I was hugely sceptical that they might block and or take away from the bands limelight. Although the further I watched, they were not apart of every single song which I was somewhat relieved to discover because on the occasions when the other individuals joined the innovators back on the main stage, it proved to be quite refreshing to see a different visual concept that was entirely Patrick, Pete, Andy and Joe’s idea which for the most partwas actually inspired by the fanbase and community that support Fall Out Boy.

“The last thing you do that someone says is impossible is your last failure before your succeed.” – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)


A close up shot of frontman Patrick half way through their set.

A definate factor that I think made Fall Out Boy’s performance worthwhile was the choice of songs contained on the setlist not only for this festival, but across the Bloom project. For a festival enviroment, ‘Alone Together’ and again ‘Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes’ were such suitable songs for outdoor music events because of the steady tempo, it’s aloteasier for the festival goers to join in unison and relish the live music. Iwas sloghtly hoping to see ‘Jet Pack Blues’ performed at some point because even though it has been featured on previous setlists frequently, it would of jst tied in perfectly with the theme of the other two songs mentioned. None the less, I valued how the band encorpriated a heap load more new and old songs to simply switch up the setlist because in comparison to the the time I saw Fall Out Boy on their own tour last year, they didn’t perform songs such as ‘Hum Hallelujah’ or ‘Novocaine’ whic I personally would been amazed to spectate live so it was clearto see they consistantly have their setlist choices at the forefront of their minds especially for large scale events such as Reading & Leeds where they have the oppitunity to impress people who may not be fans of them yet. Im very much jelous of this setlist!

 “You mean the world to us.” – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)

Fall Out Boy used many visually appealing graphics on the main stage.

The bands time on stage was not to be missed and their overall performancefor me was ultimately one of their best to date. Lead singer Patrick Stump in particular, proved his worthiness of being an established musicican and band member with his vocals across the board being practically faultless in this senario. Not only did he sing and play guitar, but during piano appropriate like’Save Rock and Roll’ Patrick did have a decent piano solo which allowed his multi-instrumentalism shine through and brought something new back to the table. Of course with the micture of Pete’s bass, Andy’s drums and Joe’s guitar talents in comblination, Fall Out Boy proved why they were co-headliners at Reading & Leeds Festival this year and unlike any other performance review I have done in the past, I cannot find any faults at all this time around however, this just could be because I was not there in person to see it first hand.

“The next great thing is not going to come in the form of the last great thing.” – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)

Numerous fireworks and piro’s were used throughout the bands stage time as formation of the Bloom Project.

If you would like to catch up on Fall Out Boy’s time at one of the biggest festivals on this entir planet, head over to the links i have left below. Lets have a huge discussion about it in the comments below.

Performance Links:

Fall Out Boy Reading & Leeds Festival Performance – YouTube

Fall Out Boy Reading & Leeds Festival Performance – BBC iPlayer









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