Gallows close day two at Reading Festival in raucous fashion

Frank Carter parts the 'red sea' during their set

Gallows closed the Lock Up Stage at Reading Festival in style tonight (August 23), with frontman Frank Carter surfing over an ecstatic crowd until he reached the back of the tent.

The band previewed three new songs from their forthcoming album, which Carter told the crowd would be out in February 2009.

He also took a dig at Slipknot, who cancelled their appearances at Reading And Leeds Festivals because of injury.

Referring to Gallows‘ secret gig at Camden Underworld last week (19 August), Carter said: “For those of you at the warm up show, you know how fucking mental it got. I broke two ribs. Still here though, Slipknot…”

The band then paid tribute to friends and touring partners Fucked Up, who were playing Club NME at the Rivermead Centre after the band’s set tonight.

Carter said: “Straight after we’re heading down the leisure centre to watch our friends. We’d love it if you came along – all 8,000 of you, yeah?”

Towards the end of Gallows‘ set Carter leapt into the crowd, who carried him to the back of the tent – although he stopped off halfway to attempt to climb up the lighting rigging. After that task proved fruitless, Carter found himself standing on a table near the tent entrance.

“How the fuck am I gonna get back?!” he asked, before instructing the crowd to “part like the red sea”.

After he marched back to the stage, the band finished off their set in style, inviting roadies to play extra guitars for final song ‘Orchestra Of Wolves’, and finally trashing their equipment.

Gallows played:

‘Just Because You Sleep Next To Me Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe’

‘Come Friendly Bombs’

‘Abandon Ship’

‘London Is The Reason’

‘Sick Of Feeling Sick’


‘Rolling With The Punches’


‘Will Someone Shoot That Fucking Snake’

‘Gold Dust’

‘Black Heart Queen’

‘In The Belly Of A Shark’

‘Orchestra Of Wolves’

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