The Vines make festival comeback

Plus Peaches shocks the festival crowd

The Vines made their UK festival comeback tonight (August 25) with a spirited set at the Carling Weekend: Reading.

The band, who had to curtail their touring after to frontman Craig Nicholls was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, played a greatest hits before a huge crowd on the NME/ Radio 1 stage.

The highlight was a storming run through the 2002 single ‘Get Free’.


Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Nicholls declared himself “delighted” to be back, and added: “It was so cool to be asked. I really enjoyed it.”

Nicholls confirmed the band would only be touring in small blocks in the future, until he felt completely well, and that a new album is on the cards for 2007.

Earlier, Peaches played a energetic set to a celeb filled crowd.

The likes of Alex Turner, The Long Blondes, Gogol Bordello, Fields, Junior Senior and Karen O watched from the side of the stage as the Canadian electro singer played a set culled mainly from her third album ’Impeach My Bush’.

Peaches along with her band, including former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney, were dressed in silver costumes, before the singer stripped off to reveal a glittery pink bikini.

During ’Shake Yer Dicks’ she brought a huge phallus on stage, and then when it fell over, she told the audience: “We have a problem. The penis fell down. Is there a penis doctor in the house?”


Peaches closed the set with the unexpected sing along ’Fuck The Pain Away’, during which she crowd surfed.

Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage from both sites of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals including news, pictures and blogs, and check out next week’s issue of NME – out August 30 – for the ultimate festival review.