Reverend And The Makers make Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival debut

Former Arctic Monkey comes to see his old friend

Reverend And The Makers drew a massive crowd to the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival this evening (August 25) as they made their debut at the Yorkshire bash.

Jon McClure‘s band were greeted to a rapturous reception at the Carling Stage as they blasted through a series of tracks from debut album ‘The State Of Things’.

Fans were spilling out of the tent for a 40-minute performance, which was watched by former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson.

Despite earlier performances from Sheffield outfits The Long Blondes and Little Man Tate, who were greeted to chants of Yorkshire, Yorkshire, McClure told NME.COM he wasn’t a fan of regional chants.

He said: “I’ve been to Leeds Festival loads of times but I’ve never played so I’m excited. It’s a little bit of a homecoming gig but you get all these ‘Yorkshire, Yorkshire‘ chants. I’ve just been travelling quite a bit and I don’t like these regionalistic chants. I’m more like a citizen of the world and I feel like my music is more applicable to people all over the world.

“We’re all in this together so it doesn’t matter where you’re from. Reading was just as important to me as Leeds. It was amazing and it meant a lot to me.”

Kicking off the set with ‘What The Milkman Saw’ McClure addressed the issue again early on when he told the crowd: “Let’s not chant Sheffield or Leeds – we’re all united as one in this tent.”

Then the crowd belted out every word to hit single ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’.

Later the audience were showered with balloons during ‘The Machine’ before McClure‘s band were greeted with a mass singalong to forthcoming single ‘He Said He Loved Me’.

Reverend And The Makers played:

‘What The Milkman Saw’

‘The Last Resort (poem)’

‘Miss Brown’


‘Open Your Window’

‘The Machine’

‘Armchair Detective’

‘He Said He Loved Me’

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