Mariachi El Bronx kicked off this year’s Reading Festival this afternoon (August 28) as early revellers descended on the Main Stage.
The eight-piece band – which includes members of hardcore punk outfit The Bronx, who are due to play the Lock Up Stage later this evening – turned up onstage dressed in black and gold mariachi outfits.
Announcing the band’s arrival, frontman Matt Caughthran declared: “What’s up, motherfuckers? How you feeling out there?” before the band kicked off with ‘Right Between The Eyes’.
The group, which featured a brass section and string player, performed a seven-song set which included tracks from their three self-titled albums including ’48 Roses’, ‘Wildfires’ and ‘High Tide’.
Acknowledging the sunny weather, Caughthran admitted that he feared the worst before the band came over to the UK. “We heard on the way over here that this is going to be a shit fest, it’s going to be muddy, but fuck what an incredible day. Let’s have some fun,” he said before adding: “Let’s see you motherfuckers on each other’s shoulders Let’s dance.”
The band wrapped up their set with a huge jamming section which saw Caughhtran introducing each member of the band, before ending with ‘Revolution Girls’.
Mariachi El Bronx played:
‘Right Between The Eyes’
Later on today, Reading Festival will see performances from the likes of Bastille, Alt-J and Mumford & Sons.