The Cure close the opening night of Reading Festival with a mammoth set

Cancer Bats, Bombay Bicycle Club and You Me At Six also thrill crowds as the event gets underway

The Cure closed the opening night of Reading Festival tonight (August 24) with a mammoth, two-and-a-half hour set.

Making their first appearance at the festival in 33 years, Robert Smith and his band played a whopping 31 songs during their performance, with tracks taken from across the whole of their career.

Beginning with instrumental track ‘Tape’, the band then launched into fan favourites ‘Open’ and ‘High’ and waited until the fifth song to unleash one of their big hits with ‘Lovesong’.


Smith was quiet throughout, only thanking the crowd on a few occasions. He made reference to his lack of interaction when the band returned for their encore, saying: “I still don’t know why I don’t talk, even after all these years, I’m thinking it all though, trust me.”

As well as hit singles ‘Friday I’m In Love’, ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’ and ‘The Lovecats’, the band also aired a selection of cult favourites, including ‘Play For Today’ and ‘Dressing Up’. The band finished the set with their 1979 classic ‘Boys Don’t Cry’.

The Cure played:

‘The End of the World’
‘Sleep When I’m Dead’
‘In Between Days’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘Pictures of You’
‘The Caterpillar’
‘The Walk’
‘Friday I’m In Love’
‘Doing The Unstuck’
‘From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea’
‘Play For Today’
‘A Forest’
‘The Hungry Ghost’
‘Wrong Number’
‘One Hundred Years’
‘Dressing Up’
‘The Lovecats’
‘Just One Kiss’
‘Let’s Go To Bed’
‘Why Can’t I Be You?’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Earlier in the day, Cancer Bats had kicked things off on the Main Stage with a powerful set that showcased their latest LP ‘Dead Set On Living’.


Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, Spector drew a modest crowd to their early afternoon slot. Singer Fred MacPherson, who was clad in a white suit, then led his band through a set which included recent singles ‘Chevy Thunder’ and ‘Celestine’.

Back on the Main Stage, You Me At Six were in a celebratory mood having confirmed earlier today that they will be headlining Wembley Arena in December.

Bombay Bicycle Club followed and drew one of the biggest crowds of the day as they worked with their way through the highlights of their recent album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, before Paramore warmed up for The Cure with punchy, 50-minute set.

Reading Festival continues tomorrow with sets from Kasabian, Florence And The Machine, The Vaccines and At The Drive-In.

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