The Horrors and The Vaccines trade guest spots at Reading Festival

The Cowan brothers help each other out on stage

The Horrors and The VaccinesCowan brothers made surprise guest appearances during each other’s bands sets at Reading Festival today (August 26).

The Horrors‘ keyboard player Tom Cowan made an appearance during The Vaccines‘ set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, with guitarist Freddie Cowan returning the favour, joining his sibling’s band for their set closer ‘Moving Further Away’ later on in the Festival Republic tent.

Three other guitarists, Edgar Smith and Luke Tristram from the band Advert and Jerome Watson from The History Of Apple Pie, also joined The Horrors‘ onstage love-in. Blur man Graham Coxon was spotted in the crowd during the set.


Speaking to NME after the shows, Freddie Cowan said of the guest spots: “This was the first festival we ever came to [as fans] and the idea was to celebrate the fact that we were both playing.”

His brother Tom agreed, saying: “It’s a mutual thing, I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather play with.”

Both said that the gig was “amazing”, but that they were both “really nervous” about sharing the spotlight together.

You can watch a video interview with The Vaccines at Reading Festival 2011 by scrolling down the page.

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