Blink-182 closed the first day of the Leeds festival with a characteristically foul-mouthed 90-minute set. After an intro tape of very sweary europop, the California trio launched into their set at breakneck pace, opening with 2003’s ‘Feeling This’ and an ecstatically received ‘What’s My Age Again?’, which saw bassist Mark Hoppus change the final line to “I was 21, twice.”
In a banter-heavy set, the band asked the crowd to shout ‘Blink-182! Blink-182’ at every band on the main stage for the duration of the weekend. ‘Always’, meanwhile, was peppered with references to testicles and oral sex, with the lyrics changed to, “I’m so sick if blow jobs, I hate them, I’m just joking, I love them, suck me off”.
“We are fucking awesome, holy shit, we’re doing a great fucking job,” Tom DeLonge said before ‘Rock Show’, which saw balls of flame erupt across the stage. Delonge then introduced ‘Enema Of The State’ by claiming “sometimes, when I’m doing it, I like to go back and do some old shit like take random pieces of furniture and stick it in my butt. That’s what this song reminds me of.”
Asking their lighting technician to turn the lights off, Blink played ‘Happy Holidays, You Bastard’ entirely in the dark before blasting out ‘First Date’. Hoppus then complimented the crowd: “You guys are awesome. I’m sure Reading will be bullshit compared to you guys.” DeLonge added: “Reading can suck your collective cocks and buttholes.”
The moody ‘All Of This’ from 2003’s self-titled album was followed by a cover of The Misfits’ ‘Hybrid Moments’, and the punk rampage of ‘Man Overboard’ saw fireworks emerge from the back of the stage and DeLonge shouting “Mark Hoppus, show us your dick.”
‘All The Small Things’ was met with a surge to the front and a girl dressed as the nurse from the cover of ‘Enema Of The State’ was hoisted above the crowd. The main set closed with ‘Carousel’. “We’re Blink-182,” Hoppus said as they left the stage. “That’s it, the show’s over, there’s no more songs. Go back to your tents.”
Nonetheless, Blink-182 returned with ‘Violence’, Tom hammering at his pedal board and Travis performing an edgy drum solo before the word ‘FUCK’ lit up in flames across the back of the stage. The show finished with fireworks, ticker tape and steam, which accompanied ‘Dammit’ and ‘Family Reunion’.