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Sigma's 'Homecoming' Set Is One Of The Sweatiest, Happiest And Biggest Moments Of Leeds 2016

Towards the end of Sigma's 40-minute set, the crowd are instructed to crouch down then jump up. They duly oblige, popping up like whack-a-moles. It's a time-honoured trick straight out of the stadium playbook, but Sigma's set isn't about originality: it's mainstream crowd pleasing. And it's working: the sweaty throng are packed in tighter than clowns in a very small car.

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Leeds 2016: Disclosure And The Problem With Top-loading A Headline Set

If Foals and Disclosure’s co-headlining arrangement seems like bet-hedging on the part of the Reading & Leeds organisers – neither ready to subvert the tried-and-tested guitar-band norm, nor to fully embrace the idea of a dance act as outright headliners – then the Lawrence brothers’ Leeds set makes a compelling case for why they deserve to go it alone next time. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ worst-band-in-the-world status notwithstanding, this had the potential to be the most polarising of the weekend’s headline sets; in the end, it may just be the most crowd-pleasing.

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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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