Gossip’s Beth Ditto incites Reading Festival stage invasion

Singer welcomes chaos at NME/Radio 1 Stage headline set

Gossip singer Beth Ditto orchestrated a stage invasion during her band’s headline performance at the NME/Radio 1 Stage this evening (August 29).

Ditto entered the stage from the wings and went straight up to fans waiting at the tent’s front barrier, singing the whole of set-opener ‘Pop Goes The World’ dancing with audience members.

After the track, Ditto returned to the stage and her bandmates, taking the time to praise Glasvegas (who played on the stage before her) by screaming their name.


Later in the set, several fans invaded the stage during ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’, dancing with Ditto as she belted out the band’s signature tune – unlike at Leeds Festival yesterday (August 28), where Gossip didn’t perform the song.

The following track ‘Heavy Cross’ was just as unpredictable, with Ditto leaving a friend – known simply as Tashy – to sing the majority of the song, while she again spoke to audience members.

“It smells like bacon in here,” she said before playing ‘Yr Mangled Heart’. “Morrissey would not like that!”

After leaving the stage for a short while, Ditto returned and said, “We’re all gonna sing this song together,” before launching into an a capella version of Queen‘s ‘We Are The Champions’.

Gossip played:

‘Pop Goes The World’
‘Yr Mangled Heart’
‘Listen Up!’
‘Four Letter Word’
‘8th Wonder’
‘Love Long Distance’
‘Jealous Girls’
‘Men In Love’
‘Standing In The Way Of Control’
‘Heavy Cross’
‘We Are The Champions’

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