Villagers give Mercury Prize-nominated album a 'blues' twist at Reading Festival

Conor J O'Brien and co play 'Becoming A Jackal'

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Villagers gave their Barclaycard Mercury Prize-nominated album a blues twist as they played the Reading Festival this evening (August 28).

The Dublin band are nominated for their debut album 'Becoming A Jackal' and played an intimate set on the Festival Republic Stage, showing off songs from the release.

Frontman Conor J O'Brien teased the crowd ahead of 'Pieces'. "Does anyone want to hear a blues number?" he asked, before a slightly curious response from the crowd.

"We'll play it only if you guys are with us. Are you with us?" he asked, before jokingly getting the audience to repeatedly applaud before playing the track.

Villagers played:

'27 Strangers'
'Meaning Of The Ritual'
'Home'
'Becoming A Jackal'
'Pieces'
'That Day'
'I Saw The Dead'
'Ship Of Promises'


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