The Pipettes kick off Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

'We thought you'd bottle us' band tell main stage crowd

The Pipettes kicked off the musical action on the Main Stage of the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival at noon today (August 24).

Dressed in polka dot outfits, the band led the crowd through a sing-a-long set of their melodic girl-group melodies, such as ‘Pull Shapes’, ‘Why Did You Stay’ and ‘We Are The Pipettes’.

Before playing ‘Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me’, Pipettes singer Gwenno Saunders awkwardly adjusted her top, saying, “Just got to sort myself out, sexy!” sarcastically, before adding, “I might as well just get my tits out!” to laughter and cheering from the crowd.

Later in the set, before ‘Guess Who Ran Off With The Milkman’, singer Rose Dougall said, “I’ve got bronchitis, but I’m still going to get bladdered this weekend”, prompting more cheering.

Before a set-closing run-in of ‘Pull Shapes’ and ‘We Are The Pipettes’, Dougall thanked the crowd for being so great, admitting “We thought you were going to treat us like Daphne And Celeste!”, referring to the incident at the festival in 2000 where revellers hurled bottles of urine at US pop duo.

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