With tonnes of bands playing across seven stages, the first day of Reading Festival was packed to the gills with amazing music coming from top-of-their-game artists new and old. And Skrillex. (Actually, we take that back, he was kind of amazing – dude played from a tank. A tank!) The BBC are broadcasting this weekend from the site and we’ve plucked five of the finest performances from Friday, so you can join in the festival from the comfort of your sofa, which, considering the drizzly weather predicted for the rest of the festival, might actually be a wise move.
Green Day – ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’
Sparking off the biggest sing-a-long of the day, Billie Joe Armstrong went all Springsteen on us for this epic rendition of Green Day’s most affecting punk power ballad.
Frank Turner – ‘The Way I Tend To Be’
Frank Turner at his favourite festival felt like he had to make his mark. He did, by arriving on stage in a wheelchair, replicating Kurt Cobain’s famous stage entrance for Nirvana’s headline set at the festival in 1992 and playing this summery slice of jangle-pop “about making stupid phone calls when you’re drunk”.
Peace – ‘Follow Baby’
Peace bought some grimey glamour to the NME/Radio 1 Stage for their early afternoon slot. ‘Follow Baby’ secured its summer anthem status with this rousing performance.
Fidlar – ‘No Waves’
Not sure if a song about rehab is quite appropriate at such a rowdy festival as Reading, but Los Angeles punks Fidlar made it work. Their set also included a killer, unexpected cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’.
Deap Vally – ‘Baby I Call Hell’
Raw riffs and headbanging drums were the order the afternoon thanks to Deap Vally, who did their ace skronky blues thing over in the NME/Radio 1 tent.