Rapper joins topless party on Main Stage
Dizzee Rascal started a party from the Main Stage at the Reading Festival this afternoon (August 22), which he ended by playing his recent UK Number One single ‘Dance Wiv Me’.
The star’s set drew large cheers when, near the end of the show, an on-camera female fan lifted her shirt to flash the masses, while Dizzee responded by shedding his own shirt immediately afterwards.
Dizzee wasn’t joined live by Calvin Harris – who shares a producer and singing credit for ‘Dance Wiv Me’ – although he was backed up by DJ Semtex and MC Skope, who completed the east London rapper’s live set-up. Singer Chrome joined the trio for the aforementioned closer.
The frontman made it clear that he wanted an enthusiastic response from the crowd, shouting, “You ready to parteeeee?” after being introduced onstage by the aforementioned DJ.
The crowd duly responded, with the loudest cheers reserved for ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’, ‘I Luv U’ and ‘Sirens’. DJ Semtex earned a cheer during ‘Bubbles’, which saw him manipulating his cross-fader with his mouth.
Dizzee, Skope and Semtex then pitted three sections of the crowd against each other, challenging them to cheer loudest before they played ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’.
The crowd cheered loudly during the song for an entirely non-musical reason. While a woman perched on a friend’s shoulders was being filmed by the main screen cameras, she lifted up her top to reveal her breasts, prompting laughter from the audience.
Dizzee responded by shedding his shirt himself, prompting even louder cheers. He then ended the set with the aforementioned ‘Dance Wiv Me’, which saw Chrome provide additional vocals.
“Calvin Harris can’t be here, but he sends his love,” Dizzee said before heading offstage.
Dizzee Rascal played:
‘Jus’ A Rascal’
‘Where Da Gs’
‘I Luv U’
‘Fix Up Look Sharp’
‘Old Skool (Pussy’ole)’
‘Dance Wiv Me’
Watch Dizzee’s topless rendition of ‘Dance Wiv Me’ at Reading and Leeds Festival 2008 below.
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