Kano went up against fellow stage headliners Biffy Clyro and The 1975 on Sunday night at Reading Festival. That’s some pretty stiff opposition, but the East London rapper more than held his own with a career defining set.
Appearing on stage to deafening chants of his name, the East Ham grime artist launched into ‘Hail’, the first track from this year’s critically acclaimed album ‘Made In The Manor’. The record marked Kano’s return after six years away, and tonight’s set confirmed he’s back at his best. Here are our favourite moments from his sensational festival-closing set.
When one reckless raver went climbing
Near the end of the show, Kano launched into urban anthem ‘3 Wheel-Ups’, and the place went off. One bucket hat-wearing raver took it to another level. Clambering up the main tent stantion, the shirtless loon got half way up before losing grip and sliding back down. Impressive.
When he thanked fans for sticking with him
Kano’s not a new artist. In fact, he’s been making his own brand of UK hip hop since 2002. So it was a nice touch when he stopped proceedings to thank his loyal fans: “Trust me, it means a lot to be performing here in front of you,” he declared to raucous approval. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that’s stuck with me for the past ten years.”
When one little kid had the time of his life
Reading isn’t just for the festival veterans, it’s for everyone, and one little tyke just wouldn’t stop raving. Perched atop his dad’s shoulders, the grinning child looked like he was having the time of his life and Kano even singled him out for praise at one point, to yet more thunderous applause.
When the crowd wouldn’t let him leave the stage
Eventually, the performance had to come to an end. The thousands of fans overflowing from the BBC 1Xtra Stage weren’t having it though. Cue another round of ear-splitting “Kano” chants and the East Ham rap king almost couldn’t leave. The game was up though, and with one last wave Reading’s latest hero was finally gone. But definitely not forgotten.