Thousands flock to see Kate Nash in the Carling Tent

Pole climbing and cross-dressing at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Thousands of fans flocked to see Kate Nash perform in the Carling Tent this afternoon (August 26) for her Carling Weekend: Reading Festival slot.

Fans started packing the tent as soon as previous act Maps finished their set, and by 18:20, when Nash took the stage, the tent was rammed full, with crowds 40-fans deep spilling outside, hoping to get a glimpse of the star.

One fan used a particularly novel method of making his way to the front. Wearing a flowery dress and a wig, he pushed his way through to the front of the crowd holding a banner saying, ‘I’m Kate Nash‘.

At 18:20 GMT the real Kate Nash walked on set wearing a sparkly dress and carrying an enormous bunch of helium balloons – which she’d ‘borrowed’ from an earlier NME photoshoot – and sat down at a keyboard with a blue teapot on top of it.

Opening with ‘Mariella’, Nash delighted the crowd with a selection of songs culled from her debut album, ‘Made Of Bricks’.

Before playing crowd favourite ‘Birds’, a fan climbed half-way up one of the tent poles inside the Carling Tent, causing the stage manager to announce, “If anyone climbs up a pole we’ll have to stop until you climb back down again.”

The crowd responded by booing the announcement, but the jovial atmosphere was restored when the fan climbed back down and Nash performed the song, with fans singing back the words to her.

After playing ‘Foundations’, the most ecstatically-received song of Nash‘s set, the singer announced that she had time to play just one more song, prompting boos from the crowd. “Don’t boo me,” she pleaded, adding, “I hate it when that happens.”

The crowd responded with loud cheers.

A closing ‘Merry Happy’ saw the singalongs continue, with Nash leaving the stage at the end to one of the loudest cheers of the weekend so far.

Kate Nash played:


‘Shit Song’

‘Skeleton Song’




‘Merry Happy’

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