The Strokes joined onstage by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker at Reading Festival

Band lean heavily on 'Is This It' during their second time as headliners

The Strokes were joined onstage by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker as they topped the Reading Festival bill last night (August 27) for the second time.

The New York band were joined by Cocker (pictured right), whose band had played a co-headline slot before them, to perform a cover of The Cars‘Just What I Needed’. The Strokes‘ frontman Julian Casablancas introduced him by saying: “We love and respect them, give it up for Pulp. And here he is, the Jarv, please welcome Mr Jarvis Cocker.”

The Strokes, who headlined the event in 2002, delivered a set that leaned heavily on their classic 2001 debut album ‘Is This It’, with eight tracks aired from the LP.


Fan reaction to the set was pretty positive, with many crowd members rating The Strokes‘ set higher than Pulp‘s. When asked who he preferred out of Pulp or The Strokes, Nick Santry firmly sided with the US band. He said: “Hands down The Strokes, they’re with the times and Jarvis just isn’t. He was wonderfully fucked up onstage, but The Strokes ruled.” Amy Smith agreed, saying: “I enjoyed Pulp, but The Strokes were the whole reason I came. I loved it.”

Others were on the Sheffield band’s side, though, with Rob Morrison saying of the sets: “I thought The Strokes were good, but Pulp were much much better.” Robbie Thornton felt the same, saying: “Although I prefer The Strokes really, Pulp played to the crowd much better and seemed to put more into it.”

Pulp will play top of the bill at Leeds Festival tonight, with The Strokes due to play before them.

Scroll down the page to see video footage of fans’ reactions to The Strokes’ Reading 2011 headline set.

The Strokes played:

‘Is This It’
‘New York City Cops’
‘Under Cover Of Darkness’
‘The Modern Age’
‘Macchu Picchu’
‘Life Is Simple In The Moonlight’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘You’re So Right’
‘What Ever Happened’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘Alone Together’
‘Just What I Needed’
‘Last Nite’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Take It Or Leave It’


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