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Reading Festival review: Saturday

Reading Festival review: Saturday

Katherine Denham

Reading Festival review: Saturday

“Did our set sound alright?” said Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman when I spoke to him after a memorable performance on the NME stage.

I found it endearing that a man who has been making successful music for so many years would ask me this question.

I assured him that it was a brilliant performance, and enjoyed miniature singer Lucy Rose popping up to join the band on stage.

There was a feeling of togetherness with the crowd in that tent as people bounced in unison and sang along to hits like Always Like This and Shuffle at the top of their voices.

CHVRCHES also delivered a memorable, and at times moving, performance.

Lauren Mayberry’s face sparkled and her vocals chimed powerfully, coloured with that Scottishness that sounded even more delectable live.

“CHVRCHES are going to be so big they are going to have to rename themselves cathedral,” joked a merry member of the audience to me.

Having grown such a huge fan base in a relatively short space of time, the band certainly seem to be on the home straight for the big time.

The Hives of course gave a crowd-pleasing performance and took to energetically throwing themselves around the main stage.

And I haven’t even mentioned the Arctic Monkeys.

A stampede of festival-goers flocked to the main stage to try and get as close and as personal to Alex Turner’s quiff as possible.

Their set seemed a bit slow to get going and the sound appeared to float into the August air rather than pulsate into the crowds of people.

But it only took a bit of Brianstorm and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor to warm things up.

This was my first time at Reading Festival and one thing that struck me was the number of smiley faces I saw.

There’s something about the music and the atmosphere that cultivates this contagious feeling of happiness.

I didn’t want to leave.


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