The Shins beat the heat at Carling Weekend: Reading

But did the band know what country they were in?

The Shins performed a jaunty nine-song set on the Main Stage at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival this afternoon (August 25).

James Mercer and co took to the stage in the height of the afternoon heat, and were clearly as shocked as the rest of the festival-goers at the intensity of the temperature today.

“It’s wonderful to be here in Phoenix, Arizona playing for you people” singer James Mercer joked, as he took shade beneath a dark-coloured hat while guitarist Marty Crandell encouraged the crowd to “soak up the sweltering fucking sun”.

The band selected largely upbeat songs from their repertoire, matching the mood of the crowd who reveled in the surprisingly hot weather.

Umbrellas were used for shade rather than rain all weekend, and the wellies are few and far between, with shorts and T-shirts galore.

The Shins played:

‘Sleeping Lessons’


‘Kissing The Lipless’

‘Gone For Good’

‘Saint Simon’

‘Caring Is Creepy’

‘Phantom Limb’

‘Turn On Me’

‘So Says I’

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