The Noisettes rock the NME/Radio One Tent at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Drum demolition, a feather hair-piece and a new song mark afternoon set

The Noisettes played a high-octane show on the NME/Radio 1 stage today (August 25) to a busy afternoon crowd.

Wearing an enormous feather hair-piece and leopard-skin-style top, Noisettes singer Shingai Shoniwa led her band through a set mainly culled from their debut album, ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf’, but played one new song.

The new, untitled song, is melodic yet frenetic rock ‘n’ roll number featuring frenzied vocals from Shoniwa.

During the song she leaped into the photo pit, and was hoisted up onto the shoulder of a security guard so she could sing directly into the front row of the crowd, who cheered with approval.

“We were nervous about playing here, guitarist/vocalist Dan Smith had said before the song, adding, “it’s because we’re from near here – but we don’t come here [to the festival] that often.”

The set was rapturously received, and after a run in of songs including ‘The Count Of Monte Christo’, ‘Don’t Give Up’ and a closing ‘Scratch Your Name’, which was received by manic dancing and cheering, Shoniwa mounted the drum kit and leaped from it, before drummer Jamie Lewis pushed over his kit and the band left the stage.

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