It is almost difficult to believe that it’s been an entire decade since Paramore jumped into our lives enriching us with their colourful, catchy pop punk that continues to remain relevant to this day. But if the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that Paramore haven’t always had it as easy as we care to believe. They have experienced it all; success tinged with failure, gain poisoned by loss and hair touched by almost every colour under the ever-dimming sunshine. But as the reach the mid-point of their musical careers, Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York have battled their way through the explosive minefield of negativity, and have, once again, found themselves at Reading and Leeds festival.
Since the announcement of the headlining act at RandL 2014, speculation has hung dangerously in the air. Yet as of the Saturday of Leeds Festival, Paramore’s contagious energy wiped clear the airborne doubt as they attacked main stage headfirst with nothing but passion, perseverance and three very vital (and somewhat ignored) session musicians.
Opening with the infectious Still Into You, Paramore power their way through an emotional rollercoaster of a setlist, and Leeds fans are only to happy to join along. With a shout out to co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age as being ‘the best live band I have ever, ever seen’, Williams loses herself in song after song; if she’s not leaping off strategically placed platforms, she’s writhing around on the floor wrapped up in her own furious hurricane of Paramore passion.
It comes as no surprise as to why Hayley Williams rapidly became the poster girl for pop punk for the past ten years. Her energy is vibrant as her petite figure is silhouetted against the heavy backdrop that shines into the starry (and dry!) night time air. Bopping, kicking and leaping her tiny frame across the stage, Williams and the boys appear to be enjoying themselves, leaving hope that the end isn’t nigh as soon as we may have thought; thank you.
Including the obvious favourites Ignorance, Brick By Boring Brick and Misery Business, Paramore’s setlist has a fair focus on their newer, less pronounced tracks such as Decode and Proof Paramore can safely say that they regained the faith of reluctant fans, and the admiration of new.
Hayley Williams is more often than not the centre of attention for pop punk fans everywhere, yet it’s their fans who are the focus of tonight. Williams encouragingly invites her fans, young and old, to join in wherever and whenever possible, to the point where she even invited one lucky Leeds Fest member (the lovely Ellie) onto the stage to join her on the Golden Microphone for the timeless Misery Business, as fans looked on and turned almost as green as Williams’ (current) hair.
All in all, Paramore still offer a fantastic live show, and we think that’ll be the case for years to come.