01:15PM, Wednesday 28 August 2019
Dave Grohl. Credit: James Bridle
Foo Fighters closed a memorable Reading Festival in true rock ’n’ roll style with a huge set of hits and a noteable throwback to the 1980s.
Dave Grohl roared his way through the band’s sizeable catalogue of big tunes, including The Pretender and Times Like These, with drummer Taylor Hawkins left to run riot with percussion solos.
Grohl is no stranger to Reading, mentioning that he first played the festival as a 22-year-old. He drummed for Nirvana before later going on to form Foo Fighters.
And in a surprise turn, the band brought out Eighties pop star Rick Astley to perform a rock version of his 1987 chart-topper Never Gonna Give You Up – a tune which has been given new life in the 21st century thanks to the internet meme called Rickrolling, where users would prank friends by linking them to the video under the guise of sending them a link to something interesting.
Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes were in fine form, picking up where The Distillers left off with their distinctive punk rock. Carter dedicated a tune to his young daughter – wearing protective ear coverings – and attempted to get her to announce their next song.
Enter Shikari, who incredibly donned suits in the roasting heat, gave a timely message about climate change before concluding their set.
American rapper Machine Gun Kelly drew a huge crowd to the Radio 1 Stage, which later made way for Chvrches and Bastille.
Sunday closed off an excellent weekend of big acts including The 1975, Post Malone and Billy Eilish.
Royal Blood, The Wombats, You Me at Six, Charli XCX and Dave were among the big names on Friday.
Twenty One Pilots, Blossoms, Stefflon Don, AJ Tracey and Mura Masa were in the line-up for Saturday.
The heat and fatigue of the three-day music bonanza had certainly evaporated as the crowd screamed back ‘Best of You’ to Grohl et al come the evening.
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