The Smiths icon dedicated ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ to the London band on Saturday
Palma Violets have reacted to Johnny Marr dedicating a song to them during his set at Reading Festival yesterday (August 24) – watch it above now.

The Smiths’ icon had devoted ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ to the south London band during his solo set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage on day two of the festival. The shout out followed Palma Violets’ own set on the same stage, during which they played songs from their debut album ‘180’.

Speaking to NME backstage after the dedication, keyboardist Peter Mayhew said: “I think it’s a very great honour.” He then shouted the news to his manager. Making reference to the fact that Haim member Alana had joined himself, bassist Chilli Jesson and frontman Sam Fryer for the interview, Mayhew also christened their union ‘Haima Violets’.

“I brought the band together, just so everyone knows,” Alana joked of the coming together. “I was here four years ago. And now I can shred it in a moment’s notice. I’m the fucking Yoko so don’t fuck with me.”

Haim are due to perform on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage at Reading today. They played at Leeds on Friday, where bassist Este told the crowd, “I cheated on my SATs.”

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, and for more information about this summer’s events.

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