The Enemy go from Ford Fiesta to top slot at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Tom Clarke charts the band's rise with 'celebratory' NME/Radio 1 Stage set

The Enemy played a “celebratory” performance on the NME/Radio 1 stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival this afternoon (August 24)

With these being the band’s first big shows since the release of debut album ’We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ in July, the three-piece had already declared they were looking forward to the festival to toast the Number One album.

“I woke up this morning and I couldn’t believe it was today,” frontman Tom Clarke told NME.COM ahead of the performance. “We’ve been really looking forward to this gig.”

The singer was not to be disappointed. Despite taking the stage stage 15 minutes early after The Horrors had played for typical brief quarter-of-an-hour set, the band wasted no time in getting the crowd’s voice behind their tracks.

“Last time I came here I was in a little Ford Fiesta and I couldn’t afford to pay to park,” declared Clarke as he warmed the crowd-up. “This year youse lot have made my day.”

With the set drawing big cheers and constant handclaps, the likes of ‘Had Enough’, ‘It’s Not OK’ and ‘Pressure’ caused near hysteria as pumped up fans spilled out of the tent into the outside.

’Aggro’ in particular inspired a frantic moshpit at the front of the venue, while the sweaty crowd proved in strong voice for the album’s title track.

Wrapping up with forthcoming single ’You’re Not Alone’, the band again got the crowd ging mad with Clarke declaring: “This is your last chance to dance, thank you, let’s have it!”

The Enemy played:

’40 Days And 40 Nights’

‘Away From Here’

‘Fear Killed The Youth Of A Nation’

‘Don’t Shed A Tead’

‘Had Enough’



‘It’s Not Ok’


‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’

‘You’re Not Alone’

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