Ian Brown gets Reading Festival Main Stage crowd dancing

Singer throws in a Stone Roses track too

Ian Brown ticked off the Reading Festival Main Stage crowd for not dancing enthusiastically enough to The Stone Roses‘ classic ‘Fools Gold’ today (August 29).

Before playing the track, Brown surveyed his audience and decided he wasn’t seeing enough movement.

“Who came here for a dance? Who’s excelled themselves so far?! Who hasn’t moved at all?” he asked the audience. “I know because I can see you all… Here’s a nice tune to move to though – and you might find it moving.”


He then played a slower-than-normal version of ‘Fools Gold’, as many in the crowd got to their feet.

Ironically, the singer was also wearing a T-shirt similar to his iconic ‘money’ one, although this time blue stars replaced the bank notes.

Paying tribute to the sun shining down on the Main Stage audience earlier in his set, Brown asked if the crowd had “sticky feet” as his band launched into a bass-heavy version of ‘Golden Gaze’.

During ‘Corpses’, he played a note-perfect rendition of the harmonica solo.

The singer prowled the entire stage while performing, and picked out several audience members who he then directed peace signs towards.

Ian Brown played:


‘Sister Rose’
‘Golden Gaze’
‘Time Is My Everything’
‘Goodbye To The Broken’
‘Save Us’
‘Fools Gold’
‘Crowning Of The Poor’

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