As the weather is warming up and summer is in full swing, our attention has turned to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals 2015, and all the killer bands we’re going to get to see there.
One of the bands we’re most stoked for is Pierce The Veil – and it turns out they’re pretty damn excited for the festival, too. So, we caught up with bassist Jaime Preciado for a quick-fire Q&A round of festival tips, favourite gig memories and more.
We’ll be running exclusive Q&As with all your favourite bands playing the huge summer weekender, so be sure to check back every Friday for brand-new interviews with the likes of Cancer Bats, Lonely The Brave, Turbowolf and more. While you’re here, get your tickets for Reading and Leeds now from the Kerrang! Ticket Store!
Read our quick-fire Q&A with Jaime below:
My early passions or influences were…
“I was into very Hispanic music because my parents would play that stuff all the time. Rock bands like Mana and even Mariachi singer Vicente Fernadez. At first it was strange but now I really enjoy it.”
When I was younger I always dreamed of being…
“A fighter pilot or just any pilot. Anything that got me in a plane.”
One of my favourite gigs to date is…
“I’m actually really looking forward for these Reading and Leeds shows!”
The person I would most like to meet (past or present) is…
“Probably my grandfather. I’ve never met him – he passed away before I was born, but I know he meant a lot to my dad and that he probably had some amazing stories and lessons he could have taught me.”
At a party you will find me…
“DJing. I am always the guy with the playlist for every occasion, and love being the guy to control the vibe of the party.”
One thing you must remember to pack for a festival is…
“Sunglasses. It could be cloudy, but you definitely don’t want be squinting watching your favourite band.”
The strangest thing to have happened at one of our live performances is…
“I’ve actually seen people in wheelchairs crowd-surfing. I’d go ahead and say that it’s not the smartest thing you can do, but definitely the gnarliest thing.”
This song never fails to get me dancing…
“Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Listen to it once, if it doesn’t get you moving, I’ll personally come over and show you how it’s done!”
My best festival memory is…
“Thrice at Warped Tour. The was before Pierce The Veil had formed, and it was when I had just started out in bands. They literally blew my mind, and changed the way I thought about live bands.”
My tour bus essential is…
“My Xbox One. I love passing a little time and playing one of the dudes in FIFA or Madden.”
My festival rider always includes…
“I’m not a beer guy – I really never liked it, but I do enjoy cider. So if there is any cider lying around I’ll probably have a couple!”
The stage you’re most likely to find me at will be…
“I definitely want to hang around our stage. I mean Metallica and our friends in Bring Me The Horizon are playing! And not to mention Alexisonfire! It’s gonna be insane!”
The band I can’t miss at Reading and Leeds will be…
“I’ve heard great things about Babymetal! I’ve never seen them live but I feel it’s gonna be something I think no one should miss… Ever!”
Don’t forget to check out these 10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading And Leeds 2015:
10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading And Leeds 2015!
It's fair to say that Reading & Leeds Festival are looking A-MA-ZING right now. So, what we did, right, was we put together this list of 10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading and Leeds 2015, but it was really hard and took us ages because we actually started with a list of like 40+ and now we're just sat here, filled with excitement wishing it was August 28 - 30 already. Okay, go and read the list!
10. Pierce The Veil Main Staging It
Imagine the piercing tones of Vic Fuentes tearing across a bright blue sky on a sunny August weekend. That's just what we think about when we need some time out. We call it our happy place. Oh yeah, and they're playing Reading and Leeds too! What a coincidence!
9. Marmozets Smashing Everything
Marmozets have been touring like absolute maniacs lately. If you've seen them you'll know how on it they are right now and if you haven't seen them then you need to. Honest. Killer riffs. Huge choruses. Non-stop madness onstage. Can we just fast-forward to August Bank Holiday now?
8. The Return Of Frank Carter
Frank Carter and Reading and Leeds go way back. In 2008 he headlined the Lock Up Stage with his former band Gallows. In 2012 he introduced the festivals to his second band, Pure Love. And now Frank's back to introduce his angry new band Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes to what he calls his, "favourite festivals". We can't wait for Frank to rip Reading and Leeds a new one.
7. Babymetal Being Babymetal
We're not really sure that Reading and Leeds are ready for Babymetal. They're opening the Main Stage on the day that Metallica play... and what a wake up that's going to be!
6. Alexisonfire Reunited
Canada's post-hardcore legends are back! Dallas Green and the gang make their return to Reading and Leeds – we've been practising our roaring and obnoxiously good clean vocals in preparation. OHHHHH YOUNG CARDINALS!
5. L-I-M-P Bizkit Is Right Here
Will Limp Bizkit's long-awaited follow-up Gold Cobra, the delicately named Stampede Of The Disco Elephants, finally be out by the time they hit Reading and Leeds? Who knows. Regardless we're dying go mad to the likes of Ready To Go, Rolling, Faith, My Way, Take A Look Around, Douche Bag, My Generation... you get the point! Oh yeah, and make sure you check out guitarist Wes Borland's other killer band, Queen Kwong, on the Pit Stage.
4. All Time Low's New Tunes In The Sunshine!
Ok, so we can't promise sunshine, but we're 100% guaranteeing that dancing about to the tunes on All Time Low's new Number 1 record, Future Hearts, will be one of the highlights of our weekend. Awwww yeah.
3. Bloody Royal Blood, Blud
A Number 1 album. A UK tour that sold out in minutes. Dates at Wembley Stadium with Foo Fighters. Annnnd they're gearing up to crush Reading and Leeds with what promises to be the set of the weekend. Do we need to list anymore reasons you need to see this? No. We don't.
2. Bring Me The Horizon's Arena-Sized Show In The Open Air
They absolutely totalled Wembley with a 5K-rated set that pushed the colossal room to it's limits. Projections of snakes, smoke cannons, fire – you name it, Bring Me used it. And now they're going to do the same to Reading and Leeds to prove inarguably that they can rival the likes of Metallica as festival headlining metal beasts.
1. Metallica. Metallica. Metallica.
When James Hetfield and co. hit the stage to headline Reading and Leeds 2015, you are going to know about it. Give them fuel, give them fire, give them that which they desire (which probably involving loads of huge amps and us moshing our heads physically off) and watch them go. It's going to be one of the 'Holy crap' moments of the summer. For real.
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