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Phoenix play one of the fastest gigs of their lives at Reading Festival

Band squeeze into shorter slot after technical delay

Andy Willsher
Pic: Andy Willsher
Phoenix played one of the quickest sets of their career at the Reading Festival tonight (August 27).

The French band were set to play the NME/Radio 1 Stage at 9.10pm (BST) but, due to an apparent technical difficulty with a synth, they appeared 15 minutes later than billed to perform tracks including 'Lisztomania', 'Lasso' and 'Fences'.

However, the group seemed determined not to cut any music, and raced through their set at break-neck speed, playing several songs a lot faster than they appear on record and not stopping between songs to banter.

Finally speaking, frontman Thomas Mars explained the reason behind the band's Herculian effort.

"This is the first time we've played Reading Festival," he revealed before 'Rome'. "It's nice, you're a great crowd!"

Gesturing to the side of the stage that they had one more song left, Phoenix wrapped things up by squeezing in closer '1901'.

Phoenix played:

'Lisztomania'
'Lasso'
'Consolation Prizes'
'Long Distance Call'
'Fences'
'Armistice'
'Love Likes A Sunset'
'Rome'
'1901'

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