Bombay Bicycle Club kick off Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Plus the latest news on conditions from the festival site

London newcomers Bombay Bicycle Club gave the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival an energetic start this afternoon (August 24).

The first band to play the festival’s new talent arena, the Carling Stage, they packed the tent out while the rest of the festival site slowly began to fill up.

With band members climbing the lighting rigs during their set and their drummer dressing as a banana, they set a suitably chaotic standard for the weekend, drawing big cheers and spontaneous clapping from the early crowd.

Bombay Bicycle Club played:

‘Open House’

‘Sixteen’

‘How Are You’

‘Cancel On Me’

‘The Hill’

The festival is now in full swing, with over 500 acts set to play across sites in Reading and Leeds.

Despite fears of a washout when it was announced several campsites had to be closed due to flooding, conditions on at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival are currently good.

The ground in the main arena is firm, while forecasters predict sunshine across the festival’s three days (August 24-26).

NME.COM is bringing you live coverage from both sites all weekend, including news, pictures and reviews directly from the key stages.

Plus check out NME.COM’s Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festival picture galleries now.

Check out our full Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festival index now.

Check out our live reviews straight from the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival‘s key stages. We’ll have updates after every performance on the:

Main Stage

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Carling Stage

So keep checking throughout the weekend for the latest live reports.