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Palma Violets play raucous Reading & Leeds Festival warm-up show in Hitchin

Support on the night comes from Childhood and Ming City Rockers

Palma Violets play raucous Reading & Leeds Festival warm-up show in Hitchin

Photo: Caitlin Mogridge/NME

Palma Violets played a raucous warm-up gig for this weekend's Reading & Leeds Festival appearance last night (August 21) in Hitchin, which saw fans invade the stage during the band's final song.

All 200 tickets for the gig, which took place at tiny venue Club 85, were sold out, and fans also turned out in force to watch both support acts, Childhood and Ming City Rockers.

Led by guitarist/singer Sam Fryer and bassist/singer Chilli Jesson, Palma Violets set included a number of songs not on debut album '180', including a cover of Hot Nasties' 'Invasion Of The Tribbles' which saw a stage invasion from members of the crowd.

Speaking to NME after the gig, fan Carmen Lee said: "It was fucking amazing. To see a band like them play a venue this size is incredible - nobody ever comes here usually!"

Speaking of this weekend's headline set on the Festival Republic stage at Reading & Leeds festivals, bassist Jesson admitted there were some nerves in the camp, telling NME: "It's a big gig for us - Reading is where I met Sam, years ago. So undoubtedly, it's gonna be important."

Palma Violets play Reading Festival tonight (August 22), and Leeds Festival on Saturday (August 23).

Palma Violets played:

Rattlesnake Highway
All The Garden Birds
Tom The Drum
Step Up For The Cool Cats
Best Of Friends
Last Of The Summer Wine
We Found Love
Chicken Dippers
The Invasion Of The Tribbles

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