The Strokes also made it to the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals over the weekend. Although they didn’t speak much during their set, they played many of their hits and surprised the crowd with a guest appearance from Jarvis Cocker. Take a look at some pictures from the band’s second ever bill-topping Reading and Leeds weekend.
The band kicked things off with ‘Is This It’, and played a set that leaned heavily on the 2001 debut album (with eight tracks aired from the LP).
Julian Casablancas invited Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker on stage towards the close of his band’s set to perform a cover of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’. The Strokes’ frontman introduced him by saying: “We love and respect them, give it up for Pulp. And here he is, the Jarv, please welcome Mr Jarvis Cocker.”
If you missed the amazing on-stage collab, you can watch it here.
We caught up with some Strokes fans following the band’s performance to get their reactions to the set – and everyone appeared to be pretty pleased.
When asked who was better, Pulp or The Strokes, punter Nick Santry said “Hands down The Strokes, they’re with the times and Jarvis just isn’t. He was wonderfully fucked up onstage, but The Strokes ruled.” Amy Smith agreed, saying: “I enjoyed Pulp, but The Strokes were the whole reason I came. I loved it.”
However, a few of the fans we spoke thought Pulp stole the show. Rob Morrison saying of the sets: “I thought The Strokes were good, but Pulp were much much better.” Robbie Thornton felt the same, saying: “Although I prefer The Strokes really, Pulp played to the crowd much better and seemed to put more into it.”
If you missed out on Reading or Leeds Fest, or just want to re-live the experience, you can find all of our coverage from the weekend at nme.com/festivals/reading-and-leeds.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this week’s NME for a full serving of R+L reviews, interviews, and a lovely pull-out poster featuring My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way.