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Nas Proved His Status As A Hip-Hop Legend With A Sublime Reading Performance

Earlier this month, [a]Nas[/a] revealed he'd finished work on his first album since 2012's 'Life Is Good'. His performance at Reading Festival could have acted as a first opportunity to preview some of that new music, but instead the New York rapper chose to remind the NME/Radio 1 Stage crowd why the first 20-odd years of his career have been so brilliantly exciting.

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Blossoms' Reading Set Proves They're Masters Of Good, Old Fashioned Fun

In the band’s NME cover feature, published earlier this month, Blossoms drummer Joe Donovan promised that their Reading & Leeds shows would be “massive”. By the time they wrap up their packed gig at the NME/Radio One Stage, they’ve only done half the job – Leeds is to come the following day – but the energy they beamed out would be enough for two stellar gigs.

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Die Antwoord Managed To Freak Out Absolutely Everybody At Leeds Festival

Towards the end of Die Antwoord’s set on the Main Stage, the camera lands on the image of a cherubic toddler raving it up on his father’s shoulders, drawing huge cheers from the crowd. To be fair, he does look like he’s having the time of his life, but after this 50-minute audio-visual onslaught – of crudely-drawn women disappearing into their own vaginas, of cartoon ghosts wielding outsized cock-and-balls that shoot lovehearts, and of the nightmare-inducing strangeness of Die Antwoord themselves – you have to wonder if his childhood ended this afternoon.

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