Enter Shikari were the act to really get the crowds going, playing the main stage at day two of the Reading Festival.
With a massive crowd turning up for their show, the group got the dust flying as the audience moshed along. ‘Step Up’ and ‘Juggernaut’ were the real set highlights though, as the band lapped up their fan worship.
When Patrick Wolf first emerged, he wasn’t really into the Bowie ‘Labyrinth’ style costumes and make up, but this afternoon in the Radio 1/NME Tent, he stepped out in a Geri Halliwell-inspired Union Jack dress.
Statements like, “being fucked in the arse,” brought a little negatively to a set that was an otherwise beautiful pop-rock performance but Wolf glimmered in his costume change and tracks like ‘Accident And Emergency’.
Eagles Of Death Metal oozed sex, drugs and rock and roll on the main stage in the afternoon. They dedicated a track to Dave Grohl’s baby daughter who could be seen on Grohl’s knee at the side of the stage.
In a set of celebrity, Josh Homme could be seen watching as well as the group played favourites like ‘Cherry Cola’ and ‘Whore Hoppin’’.
Not only did Municipal Waste get the biggest Lock Up Tent crowd of the afternoon, but they had the whole contingent skipping in a circle pit.
The American trashcore group were quick to get any misunderstandings out of the way with singer Tony Foresta announcing, “if anybody that came to see a slow band, we’re sorry, but we’re fast. And this one is very fast, oh and it will fuck you up,” before the group launched into ‘Born To Party’.
The sunseekers on the edge of the tent were soon dragged in as thrust-ed fists and headbanging were the order of the set.
The Rakes frontman Alan Donohoe took to the main stage wearing a ‘meat is still murder’ t-shirt and got the crowd moving in the sunshine.
’22 Grand Job’ is dedicated to “all the old Rakes fans,” declares Donohoe before adding, “not as in the 30 plus fans, but as in the fans who’ve followed us for some time.”
“This is our longest song ever, clocking in at three minutes 54 seconds,” the band reveal as they burst to life into ‘The World Was A Mess But His Hair Was Perfect’.
Delphic may not have the crowd they deserve in the Radio 1/NME Tent, but they certainly marked out their promise to the couple of thousand who’d opted to be under the canvas rather than out in the sunshine.
Luscious single ‘Counterpoint’ capped the set and finally got the bodies bouncing but there were some points gained for a wonderful rendition of ‘This Momentary’.
A Wilhelm Scream took to the Lock Up Stage with singer Nuno Pereira dressed appropriately in green surf shorts and instantly bouncing around aggressively to the beat.
‘The Rip’ proves an early highlight for the crowd before set ender ‘The King Is Dead’ is introduced as, “the Kings Of Leon are dead.”
Fightstar drew a massive crowd for their main stage show and get a great response by gaining the first circle pit of the afternoon, despite debuting a few new tracks. It’s ‘Point Your Target’ that really gets the whole crowd singing along though.
Metric’s showing in the Radio 1/NME Stage is made up of Emily Haines’ warbles, heavy rock beats and lengthy guitar solos.
Chuck Ragan turned into Jerry Springer in The Lock Up stage in the early afternoon, telling fans, “take care of yourselves and each other.”
Before his chat show moment he wowed a busy tent with tracks like ‘For Broken Ears’, which was performed acoustically, and final number ‘Californian Burritos’ on which Frank Turner joined in on vocals.
LA hardcore outfit The Bronx opened the main stage with their side project of traditional Mexican music and costume. “I think we’re the first Mariachi band to play Reading. We’re glad to be part of history,” said Matt Caughthran as they took to the stage.
The crowd get clapping along to ‘My Brother The Gun’, which the group admit was the first track they penned under their new guise, but it’s not long before they remind the growing audience of their punk credentials by dedicating a track to “all the perverts out there.” They prove to be the perfect start to a sunny Reading Festival.
With Brody Dalle in fine husky Scarlet Johansen form, Spinnerette try their hardest to rock a half empty Radio One/NME tent for their hardcore fan base.
In wellies Dalle goes into a collection of the group’s back catalogue, but the songs very rarely grow into much – despite the occasional long breakdown – with Dalle commenting, “I hope your day gets better, I know mine will.”
In the Lock Up Tent, Polar Bear Club were bouncing more than the crowd during ‘Another Night In The Rock’ but by the time they released ‘Our Ballads’ the crowd are properly involved, chanting the chorus back at the group.
Reading Festival 2009 continues tonight with Arctic Monkeys and The Prodigy.