Peace played a secret set on the BBC Introducing stage this afternoon (August 28), marking the first surprise gig of the weekend on the Reading Festival site.
With the set announced with little fanfare shortly before, the band took to the stage at 2.55pm – 15 minutes after their allotted time – to chants of “Peace! Peace!” from the sizeable crowd that had found out about the show.
Wearing a large black poncho and shades, frontman Harry Koisser announced “there’s absolutely no place I’d rather be” before launching into recent single ‘Money’, taken from this year’s second LP ‘Happy People’. With much of the crowd dancing, Koisser then enquired how everyone was doing before announcing old EP track and Binary Finary cover ‘Delicious (1998)’ as a track that they wouldn’t have time to play in their full set on the NME/Radio One Stage later that afternoon.
The lengthy, eight-minute track was then followed by album track ‘Perfect Skin’ before the crowd started throwing around an inflatable banana. The band then broke into an extended intro reminiscent of Michael Jackson single ‘Billie Jean’ before finishing with debut single ‘Bloodshake’ to cheers from the moshing crowd.
The Birmingham quintet are due to play their main set at 6.55pm today and will play the Leeds site at 6.20pm tomorrow (Saturday).
Elsewhere on Day One of Reading Festival, Mumford and Sons are due to headline the Main Stage, with support coming from Alt-J and Bastille, while the likes of Swim Deep, Django Django and Limp Bizkit will play across the rest of the site.