Reading Festival 2013 Day One: as it happened

Deap Vally, Temples, Frank Turner, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, and Parquet Courts got the party started

The first day of Reading Festival 2013 came to a close earlier as Green Day headlined the Main Stage.

Introduced on stage by a giant, dancing pink rabbit, the Californian punk trio opened with ’99 Revolutions’. They swiftly followed it with ‘Know Your Enemy’ before launching into ‘Stay The Night’.

Later, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd: “This ain’t just any festival. This is the greatest festival in the world.” The band then went on to perform tracks from their 2004 album ‘American Idiot’ and classic record ‘Dookie’. For more on their set read the full report.

The rest of the day saw performances from acts including Deap Vally, Parquet Courts, A$AP Rocky and Major Lazer. DJ Skrillex headlined the NME/Radio 1 tent, playing to a massive crowd who spilled out of the tent. Dropping clips of other tracks like Khia’s ‘My Neck My Back (Lick It)’ and Missy Elliot’s ‘Work It’ into his set, he paused to ask the crowd: “Y’all like the heavy shit. This is a rock festival, right?”

Despite rumours earlier in the day, an on-stage collaboration with A$AP Rocky for ‘Wild For The Night’ failed to materialise, although Skrillex did dedicate the track to the rapper, who was watching from side of stage. He then dropped anthem ‘Bangarang’ in the closing minutes of his slot and told the audience before leaving the stage: “I just wanna say you guys have been fucking awesome tonight.”

Whispers around the site earlier in the day had suggested that Wiley, after no-showing both Glastonbury and Cockrock Festival earlier in the summer, might not turn up for his allotted slot headlining the new Radio 1Xtra stage. But the rapper bound onto the stage three minutes before his scheduled start time of 9pm and was in boisterous mood throughout as he blitzed his way through a hit-packed set, including ‘Wearing My Rolex’ and ‘Heatwave’.

Meanwhile, Scottish electro-pop group Chvrches played the penultimate set on the Festival Republic stage. Before playing ‘Gun’, singer Lauren Mayberry told the crowd “thank you for coming to see us. My 13-year-old self is a bit gutted to be missing Green Day, but my 25-year-old self is like ‘woaaaah’.” The band, whose debut album ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’ is released next month, finished their set with debut single ‘The Mother We Share’.

A$AP Rocky told the crowd on the NME/Radio 1 Stage he “came to tear this stage down in front of y’all” earlier tonight as he performed with members of the A$AP Mob, including DJ J Scott. Playing tracks from his debut album ‘Long. Live. A$AP’ such as ‘PMW (All I Really Need)’ and ‘Wild For The Night’, Rocky closed his set by inviting “bad bitches” on stage. “I want you all to know I love you all. Thank you for coming to see my today, I had a good time. I can’t leave without showing love to my bad bitches.”

He then played a version of A$AP Ferg’s ‘Shabba Ranks’ whilst waiting for the girls handpicked from the audience to make it on stage. When they arrived, he then played final track ‘Fuckin’ Problems’, before thanking the crowd one last time and exiting the stage.

Major Lazer also invited five girls on stage to dance during their hour long set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage this evening. Selecting the group from the front rows of the audience, DJ Walshy Fire told the girls: “You have to be able to dance really, really, really good. I will kick you off stage if you can’t dance.” The Diplo-helmed dancehall trio then began ‘Bubble Butt’ as the girls made their way on stage.

Earlier in the set, Fire encouraged the crowd to take their shirts off, saying: “I wanna see everybody with their shirts off, everybody in the front let’s go.” Diplo then faded hit single ‘Get Free’, which features guest vocals from Amber of Dirty Projectors, as the huge audience whirled their shirts above their heads and the trio – dressed in matching suits and red wellies – joined in.

Returning to Reading for the first time since 2003, System Of A Down delved into their back catalogue for their Main Stage gig. Playing off the anticipation of the crowd, frontman Serj Tankian opted not to initially acknowledge the fans but instead simply broke into a sinister, silent grin before bursting into ‘Aerials’.

The band then dusted off old favourites including ‘BYOB’, ‘Hypnotize’ and ‘Needles’, which guitarist Daron Malakion introduced by repeatedly singing: “After a long day waiting for my girl I like to take the tapeworms out of my ass.” A rapturously received ‘Chop Suey’ followed, inspiring crowdsurfing and sing-alongs en masse, while ‘Toxicity’ saw the band split the audience into two giant circle pits.

Deftones paid an emotional tribute to late bassist Chi Cheng from the Main Stage as frontman Chino Moreno dedicated ‘Change (In The House of Flies)’ from the band’s 2000 album ‘White Pony’ to him. For more on that read the full report on Deftones pay tribute to late bassist Chi Cheng at Reading Festival.

Earlier, Frank Turner paid tribute to Nirvana’s famous 1992 performance at Reading Festival this afternoon by appearing on stage in a wheelchair. Having been wheeled out, the singer jumped up and launched into opener ‘If I Ever Stray’. For more on that read the full report.

Meanwhile, Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes used the band’s set to pay tribute to his fans for helping him through his well-publicised personal problems. Before playing ‘Sleepwalking’, the frontman addressed the crowd and his problems by saying: “We get a lot of letters from you guys, which we love, and you’re talking about how we saved your lives, which I don’t know much about.” He added: “A couple of years ago I was a fucking worthless drug addict, and you guys saved my life. So thank you very much!”

Over on the Festival Republic Stage, The Strypes pulled in a respectable crowd as they rattled through tracks from their forthcoming debut album including singles ‘Hometown Girls’, ‘Blue Collar Jane’ and ‘What A Shame’. They also performed their trademark Bo Diddley cover of ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’.

Earlier, Temples showcased new single ‘Keep In The Dark’ on the same stage. They pulled in a healthy crowd during their 30 minute set, which included fan favourite ‘Colours To Life’. Although the band remained quiet throughout their set, frontman James Bagshaw’s sparkly silver jacket drew a few cheers from the crowd.

Peace brought their debut album ‘In Love’ to the NME/Radio 1 Stage sparking mass sing a longs as they performed a host of fan favourites including ‘Lovesick’, ‘Follow Baby’ and ‘Wraith’. Frontman Harry Koisser wore a leopard print coat to mark the occasion but soon regretted it when he realised how hot it was in the tent. “I’m going to have to take this off. I’ll do it after this song,” he told the crowd before ‘Wraith’.

The Birmingham band went onto perform their cover of Disclosure’s hit ‘White Noise’, segueing Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ into the end of the song. As they closed their set with ‘Bloodshake’, a fan set off a red flare in the crowd to huge cheers.

Los Angeles punks FIDLAR included a cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Red Right Hand’, with vocals from bassist Brandon Schwartzel, in their set. The four-piece also played a host of tracks from their self-titled debut in a rowdy half hour set in the NME Radio 1 tent, including ‘Cocaine’, ‘Wake Bake Skate’ and ‘Stoked and Broke’. The latter incited a circle pit in the crowd whilst frontman Zac Carper spent a fair amount of the set rolling around on his back, whilst still playing his guitar.

Over at the Lock Up Stage, Cerebral Ballzy brought chaos as they debuted a number of new tracks from their forthcoming second album during their afternoon slot. The Brooklyn punk outfit kicked off a huge circle of death down the front as they premiered ‘Be Your Toy’ and ‘City’s Girl’ in between tracks from their self-titled debut. “The kids are alright, they’re waking up. We haven’t slept in three days. That’s alright though because we came here to fucking party,” frontman Honor Titus declared as they launched into ‘On The Run’ early on. As they wrapped up their chaotic set, guitarist Mason mounted the speaker stack to huge cheers from the crowd.

Deap Vally drummer Julie Edwards dedicated a song to her father as the duo – completed by frontwoman Lindsay Troy – performed a predictably rowdy performance on the NME/Radio 1 Stage. Prompting a bellowed rendition of ‘Happy Birthday Steve’ from the crowd, Edwards dedicated ‘Ain’t Fair’ to her dad, during which Troy sprinted offstage for a lap of honour, high-fiving fans in the front way before launching herself into the crowd. Edwards compensated for her extended absence by bashing out a mammoth drum solo.

The Californian duo opened their set with an explosive, exhaustive trio of ‘Baby I Call Hell’, ‘Bad For My Body’ and ‘Gonna Make My Own Money’. The drummer also noted to the crowd: “I don’t know if you guys at the back can see, but the front of the stage is shaped like a brassiere. That’s in honour of us.” As Deap Vally played their final song, a squalling, feedback heavy ‘End Of The World, they told punters to have an “awesome fucking time” for the rest of the weekend, before leaving the stage.

Parquet Courts aired one track from their forthcoming new EP ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’ as they performed on the Festival Republic stage earlier in the afternoon. Segueing from the title track of their debut album ‘Light Up Gold’ into the new song ‘You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now’, the New York quartet were greeted warmly by the Reading crowd.

Earlier, as the group came on stage, lead singer and guitarist Andrew Savage told the enthusiastic audience gathered to watch them, “Hi, we’re Parquet Courts from Brooklyn” before opening with ‘Master Of My Craft’. Following up with ‘Borrowed Time’, the band then six more songs, finishing on an extended version of breakthrough track ‘Stoned And Starving’, which led straight into a brief, set-closing version of ‘Light Up Gold II’.

Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs kicked off the first day’s events on the Festival Republic Stage. The east London band debuted new song ‘Evil Mothers’ during their short set with frontman Charlie Boyer telling the crowd, “This is the first time we’ve played this one so enjoy it.” Sharing the same 1970s New York art-punk sounds that they’ve become associated with, it was bookended by tracks from their debut album ‘Clarietta’. ‘Be Nice’ immediately followed it whilst the group’s debut single ‘I Watch You’ formed the final song of their set, with Boyer thanking the audience for watching as the rest of the quintet launched into the song.

Meanwhile, over on the NME/Radio 1 stage Kodaline drew a surprisingly rabid and rapt crowd for their early afternoon slot. “How’s everyone doing?” grinned singer Steve Garrigan after both ‘After The Fall’ and ‘Pray’ inspired mass clap-alongs. “This is one of the best crowds we’ve ever seen.”

A sing-a-long rendition of ‘High Hopes’ followed, during which several punters held lighters and camera phones aloft, before ‘Love Like This’ saw Garrigan pause halfway through to allow fans to belt out the chorus. Seemingly overwhelmed he declared: “We’re a band from Ireland called Kodaline and… This is amazing,” he said. The frontman – who also revealed he was celebrating his birthday today – and his bandmates then asked the crowd to pose for a photo, which was taken by a crew member onstage, before they signed off with ‘All I Want’.

On the Main Stage, While She Sleeps greeted earlier revellers as they kicked off the festival in earnest. Dry The River opened the NME/Radio 1 Stage while The Wytches got proceedings going on the Festival Republic Stage.

Eminem headlines the second day of Reading Festival 2013 tomorrow, along with sets from Alt-J, Jake Bugg, Foals, Chase & Status and many more.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, and for more information about this summer’s events.

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