Alt-J bring dazzling lightshow to the Main Stage at Reading Festival

Band perform hits from their Mercury Prize debut 'An Awesome Wave' and 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J warmed up for Reading Festival headliners Mumford and Sons tonight (August 28), performing a set which drew from their 2012 Mercury Prize winning debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ and 2014 follow-up ‘This Is All Yours’.

The four-piece performed an hour set on the Main Stage which saw them cloaked in smoke and a dazzling light show.

Kicking off with Miley Cyrus-sampling ‘Hunger Of The Pine’, the band played two tracks from their debut before they brought in second album single ‘Left-Hand Free’.

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The band, who were returning to the festival for a third time, said very little throughout their set other than when keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton admitted he was humbled by the size of the crowd, early on.

“It’s amazing to be back at Reading. Wow,” he said.

Alt-J performed a number of singles from their debut including ‘Matilda’ and ‘Tessellate’ before they brought the show to a close with ‘Nara’ and ‘Breezeblocks’.

“Well Reading that went really really fast, we’ve had so much fun,” added Unger-Hamilton. “We’ll see you again.”

They played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Bloodflood Pt. 2’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Warm Foothills’


Keep checking NME for all the action from across the stages this evening.