The band steal the show in Reading and then catch up with NME.COM...

THE VINES’ singer CRAIG NICHOLLS has told NME.COM about his feelings on returning to the UK as a star following a Top 5 album – and now a show stealing gig at the READING leg of the CARLING WEEKEND.

The Australian group, who were playing their first date since album ‘Highly Evolved’ made them stars, took the opportunity to thank fans for their loyal support so far.

Their set opened with forthcoming single ‘Outathaway!’, and also featured the now traditional cover of OutKast’s ‘Miss Jackson’. The crowd, who filled the Evening Session Tent – despite it being early in the day, gave the biggest cheers for ‘Get Free’ and debut single ‘Highly Evolved’.

In an exclusive dressing room interview with NME.COM immediately after the band’s set, singer Craig Nicholls said: “I thought it was cool, it was good fun and we had a good crowd. There was a very positive vibe.”

He was also grateful to the fans for singing along during what was one their biggest ever UK shows. “That was great,” he told NME.COM. “They helped us out. The more sound the better.”

The group will remain in Reading tonight, and will head up to Leeds tomorrow in preparation for their set on the Northern leg of the festival.