Maximo Park played to a huge crowd on Reading Festival‘s Main Stage tonight (August 29), with frontman Paul Smith at one point asking the audience to get loved-up.
Smith got the set off to an energetic start, performing the first of many of his traditional scissor-kicks before the band had even begun their first song, ‘Graffiti’.
Dressed in his traditional bowler hat, braces and light blue suit trousers, the frontman livened up the huge audience by screaming at them to dance, jump up and down and – for ‘Quicken The Heart’ – to “touch a loved one – if it’s legal”.
“Mr Wooller, what have you got to say through those fingers?” Smith asked the band’s keyboardist Lukas Wooller, ahead of playing ‘Limassol’. Midway through the track, the singer then produced a police megaphone and proceeded to sound the siren through his microphone.
After an amped-up ‘Apply Some Pressure’, Smith informed the audience that the band had a surprise for them.
“Sometimes people say, ‘What’s so different about your band?’ I think there’s a melancholy, an energy. I don’t know…” he said, trailing off.
“We come from the northeast and we decided to give you some brass,” Smith continued, welcoming a brass band onto the stage. Maximo Park then ran through three songs aided by the extra musicians. For ‘Acrobat’, Smith produced a red book which he read the lyrics from while carrying his microphone stand around the stage.
The band ended their set with a punky rendition of ‘Our Velocity’.
Before exiting the stage, the singer went and met the front row of the audience, shaking hands with as many fans as possible.
Maximo Park played:
‘Girls Who Play Guitars’
‘In Another World (You’d Have Found Yourself By Now)’
‘I Want You To Stay’
‘Quicken The Heart’
‘Books From Boxes’
‘A Cloud Of Mystery’
‘Apply Some Pressure’
‘The Kids Are Sick Again’
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