Pete and the Pirates kick of Carling Weekend: Reading Festival day two

Local rising stars play morning set

Rising indie stars, Reading-based Pete And The Pirates opened the second day of musical action at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival this morning (August 25) with a 20-minute set in the Carling Tent.

Taking the stage at 11:30 BST, but still watched by a large crowd, lead singer Tom Sanders greeted the crowd by saying, “Good morning! I never thought I’d say that at the start of a gig!”

His band then ran through a set of trademark melodic jangle-pop, featuring ‘Knots’ and previous single ‘Come On Feet’.

The sun was blazing outside, with festival-goers gearing up for a hot day in Reading, so many were grateful for the shade the Carling Tent provided.

Playing with a skull and crossbones flag pinned up behind his band, guitarist Peter Hefferan told the crowd, “We might be playing later on in the camp-sites, if you get a chance to come by.”

He was referring to a plan previously explained to NME.COM, which will see Pete And The Pirates play a spontaneous gig wherever they see a skull and crossbones flag at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival site.

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