The Joy Formidable try to smash guitar at Leeds Festival

Emerge NME Radar Tour band get destructive on NME/Radio 1 Stage

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The Joy Formidable got destructive during their Leeds Festival slot today (August 28), with frontwoman Ritzy Bryan attempting to destroy one of her guitars.

The Welsh trio, set to play on the Emerge NME Radar Tour next month, played a lunchtime slot in the tent and the blonde singer and guitarist got in the mood for instrument-breaking from the off.

Shortly into opener 'Whirring' she began smashing her black guitar against the ground repeatedly, continuing to do so for several minutes as her bandmates played. As the song ended she held up the guitar - still intact but with damage marks and broken strings - to cheers from the crowd.

They went on to play five more songs of their frenetic, proggy indie-rock.

The Emerge NME Radar Tour, also featuring Chapel Club, Flats and Wilder on some dates, kicks off in Birmingham on September 27.

The Joy Formidable played:

'Whirring'
'Austere'
'The Last Drop'
'Cradle'
'Popinjay'
'The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade'


NME is coming live from both sites at Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend. Head to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage including news, reviews, videos and picture galleries.

Plus make sure you buy next week's issue of NME to get the definitive review of Reading And Leeds Festivals, either on UK newsstands from September 1 or digitally worldwide.

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