The votes are in! We asked NME readers to rate performances at Reading & Leeds festival last weekend. Here’s the best from 30 – 1, starting with Angel Haze, who played a storming set that whetted appetites for her upcoming album.
EarlWolf – Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt – showed why they’ve found significant success outside Odd Future.
Next up is Savages who played songs from their belting debut, ‘Silence Yourself’.
You voted Jagwar Ma in 27th place, who brought their brilliant baggy psych to the festival.
Major Lazer know how to put on a show complete with streamer guns, whistles and twerkers. Who knew a suit and wellies could look so good?
Chvrches went down a treat with songs from their debut album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’, out September 23rd.
Next up is Skrillex, who slaughtered the crowd with his relentless, OTT dubthumping.
Alunageorge performed a well-received set including the Rustie collaboration ‘After Light’. “It’s time to get sexy,” said Francis, before playing the slow jam ‘Body Music’.
A$AP Rocky closed his set by inviting “bad bitches” on stage. “I want you all to know I love you all. Thank you for coming to see my today, I had a good time. I can’t leave without showing love to my bad bitches.”
Merchandise showed why ‘Anxiety’s Door’ is one of the greatest songs of the year.
You voted Azealia Banks in 20th place. She performed with two Vogueing dancers, a load of sass and an incredible barnet.
Scott Hutchison led Frightened Rabbit through a selection of epic folk tunes. ‘Holy’ and the spritely ‘Swim Until You Can’t See Land’ cheered the sodden crowd as Hutchison led them in a one-note sing-along he dubbed “the human accordion”.
Disclosure rammed the NME Radio One tent for a set packed full of guest appearances. A crowd stretching far outside the tent saw Sam Smith arrive to sing ‘Latch’, Aluna Francis of AlunaGeorge join the band for ‘White Noise’ and Ed McFarlane of Friendly Fires guest on ‘Defeated No More’.
The recently returned Nine Inch Nails performed a set that was made up for its lack of hits with impressive, but minimalist, stage craft. Performing in front of a bank of white lights, the band began with ‘Wish’. A high octane set from the start, the pace slowed for 1994’s ‘March Of The Pigs’, which came in waves of softer and harder sounds.
Festival-goers were running to get to Chase & Status on the Main Stage, where they proved to be by far one of the biggest draws of the weekend. Opening with ‘No Problem’ ‘Eastern Jam’ and ‘Hypest Hype’, they performed atop a flashing ‘C’ and ‘S’, as MC Rage worked the crowd.
Bastille played to a packed out tent on the Radio 1/NME stage.
Frank Turner reenacted Kurt Cobain’s iconic wheelchair entrance at Reading festival. The singer has suffered a back injury and wanted to pay homage to the Nirvana singer.
A huge singalong to ‘Falling’ ensued as Haim played to a huge audience at Leeds. Shortly afterwards the band played played ‘Don’t Save Me’ and ‘The Wire’ to a similar reaction. Taking time out to scope the local “babes”, guitarist Alana and Este singled out one audience member in a Hawaiian shirt for a spot of mid-set flirting.
Drenge played to a packed out tent at both Reading & Leeds.
The Strypes pulled in a respectable crowd as they rattled through tracks from their forthcoming debut album including singles ‘Hometown Girls’, ‘Blue Collar Jane’ and ‘What A Shame’. They also performed their trademark Bo Diddley cover of ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’.
System Of A Down returned to Reading & Leeds for the first time since 2003, playing a set that spanned all five of their albums. Opening with their 2002 single ‘Aerials’, frontman Serj Tankian later weaved sections of the vocal melody of Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ into the breakdown of ‘Psycho’.
reen Day headlined the Main Stage, playing classic album ‘Dookie’ in full.
You voted Phoenix into the top 10 best performances at Reading and Leeds. They also took the time to teach Hai some French.
Eminem returned to Reading & Leeds to headline the festival. You guys were obviously impressed.
You voted Foals 6th, who stormed the show with songs from their latest album ‘Holy Fire’.
Jake Bugg returned to the festival exactly a year happened since everything kicked off, proving he’s not going anywhere soon.
Tame Impala, winners of NME’s album of 2012, brought their psych magic to the festival.
Down to the last three! In third place, you voted Alt-J, winners of last year’s Mercury Prize and writers of the great debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’.
You voted Palma Violets second place. Here’s Chilli Jesson giving the crowd exactly what they want.
And the winner is… Biffy Clyro! The band headlined for the first time and blew everyone else out the water.