Who: LCD Soundsystem

Where and When: NME/Radio1 Stage. Reading Festival, 10pm, Friday.

LCD Soundsystem

Vibe: Party time. Far from the Guns N’ Roses meltdown happening on the Main Stage, James Murphy and Co. showed Axl Rose how a true professional performs: exuding a genuine passion for music, respect for fans… and wearing splendid green wellies.

Best bit: Just one of the numerous set highlights was ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”, sparking a volcanic eruption of pogo-ing and dancing amongst the crowd. An extended ‘All My Friends’ was an electro masterclass.

Low point: “Take the water,” James Murphy told fans being offered bottles by event security at the front as the crowd swelled. “What other advice? Have safe sex. Don’t go on a date with anyone you wouldn’t marry!”
At this point we kinda craved the ridiculously-dressed Axl shouting the ‘C-bomb’ word like a real rockstar.

Banter: “I’m an arsehole, but not the kind of arsehole who says, ‘You’re the greatest crowd’ every time he plays. But so far you’re the best crowd we’ve had at Reading!” (James Murphy)

An energetic and heartfelt headline set that closed the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading on day one on a real high.

And the perfect antidote to Guns N’ Roses’ bloated, troubled, guitar-solos-by-numbers posturing.

Rating: 9/10

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