Paramore at Reading Festival: ‘We’ve been through hard times, but this feels like a victory’

Hayley Williams and co play a career-spanning set, but air no new material as they warm up for The Cure

Paramore made their first major UK appearance since the departure of founding members Zac and Josh Farro at Reading Festival tonight (August 24).

The band, who had earlier seen queues snaking all the way down to the main arena for their appearance at the NME Signing Tent, played an 11-song set, which lasted for just under an hour.

Speaking to the crowd, singer Hayley Williams said that the set “felt like a victory” after “the band had been through some hard times”.


She told the crowd: “For those of you who’ve been following our band, there’s been some hard times and this really feels like a victory right now.”

Although they are currently working on their fourth studio album, the band aired no new tracks, choosing to focus on material from their second album ‘Riot!’. Despite choosing not to air any new tracks, the band did play two of their 2011 singles ‘Monster’ and ‘Renegade’.

Speaking from the stage, Williams did give the crowd an update on the follow-up to 2009’s ‘Brand New Eyes’, saying: “The next time we step on a stage in England, it will be with a brand new album, our fourth. We’re recording right now, we came straight from the studio to come and play some shows for you guys and when we get back we’re going right back in.”

Williams, who was sporting a t-shirt with a picture of The Cure’s Robert Smith emblazoned on it, said she was convinced she’d cry when she saw The Cure take the stage after them, adding: “If you don’t care about our band, you should care that The Cure is playing. I’m going to cry, I know I’m going to cry.”

The band also played a selection of their biggest hits, including ‘Ignorance’, ‘Decode’ and the closing ‘Misery Business’.


Paramore played:

‘Brick by Boring Brick’
‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic’
‘That’s What You Get’
‘The Only Exception’
‘Misery Business’

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