It’s been a big year for US alt-hip hop duo Twenty One Pilots. In May they embarked on their biggest tour yet – scheduled to play 112 dates on three continents in 11 months. Then in June, the band released their massive song ‘Heathens’ as the first single from the Suicide Squad soundtrack. It’s safe to say they’ve been busy.
They’re not taking their foot off the gas though, and tonight at Reading Festival they played a spectacular show to thousands of adoring fans. Here are five of the most spectacular moments from their set.
When Tyler Joseph went crowd-zorbing
Taking a leaf out of Wayne Coyne and Diplo’s book, lead vocalist Tyler Joseph hopped into a giant, transparent ball and went for a roll. All over the audience.
When Dun did a crazy backflip
Not one to let Joseph hog the limelight, drummer Josh Dun had a few tricks up his sleeve too. Not only was he wielding demonic red face-paint and drumsticks, but he also took the opportunity to show off his gym skills. Emerging from behind his kit during chart banger ‘Holding On To You’, he did a full-360 degree backflip. The crowd lapped it up.
When Joseph magically appeared on top of a tall plinth
Towards the end of their euphoric set, Twenty One Pilots’ mercurial frontman went crowdsurfing. Halfway through set-closer ‘Car Radio’ he disappeared, submerged beneath a sea of adoring bodies. Then, pitch black. Seconds later the lights go up and Joseph appears, arms outstretched (with a ripped shirt and lacking one shoe) atop a tall plinth in the middle of the crowd. Like magic.
When Josh Dun crowd-surfed… with his drum kit
The levels of ingenuity Twenty One Pilots go to are just staggering. Not content with regular crowdsurfing, muscle-bound drummer Dun wanted to take his kit with him too. Suspended over the crowd on a weird spring contraption, Dun stayed aloft for the duration of poppy ballad ‘Ride’.
When the video screens came alive
If you thought the stunts, tunes and dramatic gymnastics were the only good thing about Twenty One Pilots’ Reading set, then think again. The trippy visuals displayed on the big screens were a wonder in themselves. At one point, the lights went down, and then the masked men in white overalls burst off the screen and started dancing on stage. All to rapturous applause.