Frank Turner covers The Streets and Nirvana as he launches Mongol Horde at Reading Festival

Former Million Dead man shows off his new side project at Richfield Avenue.

Frank Turner launched his new hardcore side project Mongol Horde at Reading Festival this afternoon (August 26).

The band, which also features Turner’s former Million Dead bandmate Ben Dawson and Matt Nadir, who is a member of the singer’s current backing band The Sleeping Souls, played a lunchtime slot at the event which saw them play a frenetic 30-minute set.

Turner, who had been hidden under a hood while the band completed their line checks, reappeared shirtless for the start of the set, and, after introducing the trio as “a new jazz combo”, he spent the majority of the band’s opening track in the crowd.


Among the tracks aired were ‘Stillborn Unicorn’, which Turner revealed was inspired by The Really Wild Show, ‘Casual Threats From The Weekend Hardmen’ and a thrashy cover of The Streets‘ ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’. They ended the set with a cover of Nirvana‘s ‘Territorial Pissings’ before exiting to loud cheers.

Reading Festival continues today with sets from Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Bullet For My Valentine, The Horrors and Kaiser Chiefs.

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