Babymetal opened the Main Stage on the second day at Reading Festival with a well-received and thoroughly choreographed spectacular – a teaser for a forthcoming show at Wembley Arena.
At 12pm a voice over, beginning “A long time ago in a heavy metal galaxy far away…”, explained the Japanese trio’s fictional backstory, explained how Babymetal is a “new style of heavy metal” born in the future and conceived by the “metal gods”.
The show began with the group’s backing musicians onstage, each in full make-up and costume. The teen trio fronting the group – Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal – entered to thundering drums wearing red puffball skirts and black tunics. They launched into ‘Babymetal Death’, making devil horned jazz hands and dancing in unison throughout.
Their entire set showcased a range of choreographed routines, including them unfurling three Babymetal flags on stage. After a well-received ‘Gimme Chocolate!!’ in which the group challenged the audience with singing along with its largely incomprehensible lyrics and madcap tune, a voiceover relayed a message about “the dream the big fox taught us” that culminated in the words “No more bullying forever”.
At the end of the set, the band told the crowd, “Listen listen listen… Come see us at Wembley Arena in April 2016.” They walked off waving in unison.
Metallica headline the same stage tonight. Today sees performances from Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen and a surprise Foals set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.