The Subways showcased a series of new tracks during a sun drenched main stage performance at Carling Weekend: Leeds.
The band played a 35 minute set to a huge afternoon crowd which borrowed heavily from their debut ‘Young For Eternity’ but also included new songs ‘Shake, Shake’ and ‘California’.
Lead singer Billy Lunn told NME.COM he was overwhelmed by the crowd’s reaction to the new material.
He said: “To come here and have the audience react like that especially to the the new tracks is really heartwarming. We’ve been out to the States for most of this year so to come back to our own original fans and to have them reacting to our songs like that is unbelieveable.”
Throughout the set Lunn made a point of swearing, constantly referring to the crowd as “sexy fuckers”.
“It was funny after Reading, people were pulling me up when I came off stage having a go at me for swearing,” he joked. “So today I kind of made a point of swearing even more. A festival without swearing is like a piss up without beer really.”
Earlier in the day, The Long Blondes came on stage in the NME/Radio 1 tent fifteen minutes behind schedule, but still managed to keep the crowd dancing, performing songs including set closer ‘Separated By Motorways’ and ‘Weekend Without Makeup’.
The biggest cheer was reserved for new single ‘Once And Never Again’.
Introducing ‘Weekend Without Makeup’, singer Kate Jackson mistook Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival for its Reading-based counterpart.
She said: “[this song is] something you can all relate to at Reading, you’ll have to resign yourself to looking like shit for the weekend.”
Similarly well received were Panic! At The Disco, whose set was disrupted yesterday in Reading when frontman Brendon Urie was struck by a bottle.
The band’s gig ran smoothly in Leeds, with Brendon telling the crowd: “Yesterday I got hit by a bottle, so today is a good day.”
Guitarist Ryan Ross also thanked the crowd during the set for not throwing bottles.
As in their performance yesterday, the band performed their cover of Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’. The crowd at Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival were also treated to their version of Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Tonight Tonight’.
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