Blink-182 and Disclosure closed the final day of the event
Reading Festival 2014 drew to a close this evening (August 25), with headline slots from Blink-182 and Disclosure.
Californian trio Blink-182 closed the Main Stage with a show filled with pyrotechnics and toilet humour. Playing a similar set to their Leeds performance on Friday (August 22), the band kicked off their show with ‘Feeling This’ and ‘What’s My Age Again’.
As they launched into ‘Rock Show’, singer Tom De Longe screamed: “Blink-182 motherfuckers, this one is for the ladies.” They went on to perform a host of hits including ‘All The Small Things’, before they ended the show with Hoppus hopping on the drums.
Disclosure arrived for their headline slot on the NME/Radio 1 stage to flashing lights and visuals brandishing their face logo. Kicking off with their recent collaboration with Mary J Blige – a reworked version of their track ‘F For U’, the band then launched into ‘When A Fire Starts To Burn’, from their 2013 album ‘Settle’, which the set drew heavily from.
“Wow. How you doing?” the duo’s Guy Lawrence told the crowd. “We are Disclosure and it’s so good to be back in this tent.”
“Reading was the first festival we ever came to,” he added later. “Thanks for coming out to see us. It really does mean a lot.”
Their remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Running’ was a set highlight, as was ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’, after which the stage went black before the brothers returned to play their Sam Smith collaboration ‘Latch’.
The 1975 warmed up for Disclosure, playing to a huge crowd on the NME/1 Extra stage, arriving just after 8.40pm. The Manchester band kicked off with their debut single ‘The City’, from their self-titled debut album, which was released last year. “So how’s the weekend been Reading?” Frontman Matt Healy asked the crowd. “Oh mate we love being at this festival. We’ve been doing this for a long time and this means so much to is so thank you. We’re the 1975 from Manchester, let’s have a fucking party!”
Bringing a fan onto the stage wearing a 1975 tshirt, Healy then got the crowd to cheer for her before sitting down on the stage to sing ‘Pressure’. Telling fans how lucky they felt, the band then played ‘Robbers’, which was followed by their breakout hit ‘Chocolate’, and finale ‘Sex’.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hinted that they are soon to begin work on a new album during their Main Stage slot this evening. Flanked by dancers and an animated horn section, rapper Macklemore told fans at the end of their set that they will “see you with our second album” before leaving the stage in a haze of confetti and smoke.
Beginning with their global hit ‘Thrift Shop’, Macklemore later gestured to a fan holding a giant Spider-Man inflatable to pass it towards the stage, holding it throughout his next string of songs. “This is Spider-Man’s first ever hip-hop show,” he said. “Everyone say, Spider-Man, turnt up!”
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Vocalist Fences and rapper Schoolboy Q were among the cameos in the pair’s energetic set, joining the rap crew for renditions of ‘Arrows’ and ‘Cadillac’ respectively. “How many of y’all have showered since you get here?” the rapper asked the packed Main Stage arena to a small show of hands, adding: “fuck showers!” ‘Otherside’, ‘Same Love’ and ‘Can’t Hold Us’ followed, after which tup in a wig speaking in a British accent. ‘And We Danced’ then drew the set to a close.
Klaxons brought their third album ‘Love Frequency’ to Reading Festival tonight (August 24) as they played the event for the first time since 2010. Performing on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, the London band opened with ‘New Reality’. They followed it with early single ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ and a well received version of their collaboration with Gorgon City, ‘There Is No Other Time’.
The group’s logo was projected onto a screen behind the band, who were dressed all in white. “Yes Reading!” frontman Jamie Reynolds saluted the crowd before ‘Golden Skans’. “This is a strong contender for gig of the year.” He repeated those sentiments as the band brought their set to a close, telling the audience: “This might be our best Reading yet”, before finishing things off with ‘It’s Not Over Yet’.
The Horrors brought songs from their recent album ‘Luminous’ over on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage, which was cloaked in white smoke as green and purple lasers shot out of the stage throughout their 45 minute set.
Kicking off with ‘Chasing Shadows’ he band also played old favourites ‘Who Can Say’ and ‘Sea Within A Sea’ before finishing with a volley of tracks from their new album, including ‘So Now You Know’, ‘I See You’ and ‘Still Life’ from their 2011 album ‘Skying’. Introducing the latter, frontman Faris Badwan hailed the Reading Festival crowd. He said: “Thanks Reading. I thought Leeds were good, but you might have topped it.” The singer added: “This song is about stealing someone’s wife.’
The Kooks played a brief, 30 minute set to a packed out crowd on the same stage, coming on just after 6.30pm. Kicking off with ‘Eddie’s Gun’ from their 2006 debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, they launched straight into new track ‘Around Town’. “You guys are crazy!” frontman Luke Pritchard said, introducing comeback single ‘Down’. “We’ve been away a while so were gonna do a bunch of new stuff. But I hope you remember this,” he said before ‘Naive’.
New song ‘Bad Habit’ ensued, followed by early tracks ‘Seaside’ and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ before another new track ‘Forgive & Forget’. 2011 album title track ‘Junk Of The Heart (Happy)’ was up next, after which Pritchard told the audience: “Reading thanks so much that’s enough”. The band then finished the short performance with another new track, ‘West Side’.
Cambridge electro band Clean Bandit arrived on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at 3.30pm with a set which also included a cover of ‘Robin S’ 1992 hit ‘Show Me Love’. They were joined by guest vocalists Love Ssega for ‘Mozart’s House’ and rapper Stylo G for ‘Come Over’. The group ended their 40 minute performance with Number One hit ‘Rather Be’ which was greeted with huge cheers as the crowd sang along to the chart topper.
Jungle made their Reading Festival debut on the same stage earlier in the day, performing tracks from their 2014 self-titled debut.
Fronted by Tom McFarland and Josh Lloyd-Watson, the duo were flanked by a five piece band as they kicked off with ‘Smoking Pixels’ and ‘The Heat’. They went on to perform singles ‘Time’ and ‘Busy Earnin”, the latter of which brought the biggest reaction from the crowd.
Reflecting on his time as a punter at the bash in the past, McFarland told the crowd: “How you doing Reading? You having a good weekend? From my last experience at this festival getting into a shopping trolley on a Sunday night is not the way to go. Trust me.” They finished up with ‘Platoon’ as McFarland signed off saying: “Thank you so much Reading have a great day.”
Pop-punk group You Me At Six made a surprise appearance on the BBC Introducing Stage at 2.40pm ahead of their set on the Main Stage this evening. BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens introduced the band on stage, saying: “We’re delighted they’ve come to play for us.” The Surrey quintet were joined by a string ensemble as they ran through stripped back versions of their songs, opening with ‘Lived A Lie’. Frontman Josh Franceschi conducted the crowd as they sang his vocals for part of the song. “Right, this is fun,” he told them afterwards, “I guess the secret wasn’t a secret at all.”
The singer gave fans from the local area a shout out ahead of ‘Fresh Start Fever’, taken from their most recent album ‘Cavalier Youth’, which was released earlier this year. The sizeable crowd then helped him sing ‘Cold Night’, before which Franceschi pointed out a member of the audience with a plastic bag over their head. “Only at Reading,” he commented. The band then wrapped things up with renditions of ‘Wild Ones’ and ‘Room To Breathe’.
Earlier Twin Shadow (aka George Lewis Jr) brought his blend of synth pop to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, opening with ‘Golden Light’ from his 2012 LP ‘Confess’. He then went on to play a set featuring tracks from his forthcoming as-yet-untitled third album including ‘Locked And Loaded’ and earlier material from 2010 debut ‘Forget’ including’Castles In The Snow’ before closing the set with new song ‘To The Top’.
Brighton-based psych rock trio Wytches opened the NME/BBC Radio 1 Tent at Reading Festival, showcasing tracks from their forthcoming debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ ahead of its release on Monday (August 25). The band barely spoke to the crowd during the 30 minute set, which kicked off with ‘Burn Out The Bruise’ and also included ‘Gravedweller’, ‘Wire Frame Mattress’ and ‘Wide At Midnight’.
Yesterday at Reading saw a headline performance from Arctic Monkeys, who hailed the “fucking good crowd”. Earlier in the day, Jake Bugg played a secret set on the BBC Introducing Stage, and there were also performances from Royal Blood, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, The Hives, Foster The People, Circa Waves and Wolf Alice. Read the full report here.