The Sunshine Underground play new song at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Jamie Klaxons watches band play in the NME/Radio One Tent

The Sunshine Underground played a sweltering afternoon set at today (August 26) at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival, watched in the wings by KlaxonsJamie Reynolds and his mother.

The tent was packed out for the band’s performance, some grateful for the shade on a steaming hot afternoon in Reading.

After playing a rapturously-received ‘Borders’, singer/guitarist Craig Wellington introduced a new song, saying, “This is a new song from an album coming out some time in the future.”

The song shows a continuation of the band’s baggy/Britpop-influenced sound, featuring a Stone Roses-esque swagger, Oasis-style guitar feedback and a singalong chorus.

The band went on to play crowd favourited ‘The Way It Is’ and closed with ‘Raise The Alarm’, which saw Wellington swap his guitar for drumsticks as he pounded on a cowbell set then raised his arms to the crowd.

During the song, KlaxonsJamie Reynolds, wearing a large plastic cast over his broken leg and using a crutch for assistance, hobbled up onto the viewing platform to the side of the stage to watch the band with his mother and New Young Pony Club drummer Sarah Jones.

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