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Reading Festival review: Friday

Reading Festival review: Friday

James Preston

Reading Festival review: Friday

Despite an energetic and popular set from their co-headliners Paramore, the opening day of Reading Festival belonged to Queens of the Stone Age.


After nearly 20 years in the game Josh Homme and co were where they belong at the top of the bill and produced a brilliant set to provide the perfect climax to day one.

Featuring the right mix of older material and songs from most recent album ...Like Clockwork, the band drew a huge crowd and didn’t disappoint.

Of course, there were plenty of other highlights throughout the day.

Metronomy and Twin Atlantic were big hits on the NME/Radio 1 stage, Jimmy Eat World made not one, but two appearances and Vampire Weekend put in a typically strong performance on the main stage.

There wasn’t just bands to enjoy, with one of my personal highlights being comedian Bill Bailey’s appearance on the alternative stage.

Drawing a huge crowd, his version of Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball in the style of Kraftwerk had me, and everybody else, crying with laughter.

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