For the second time this weekend The Rakes relied on a little help from their friends, this time during their Sunday set at Reading, with lead singer Alan Donohue out with a throat infection.
Members of Bloc Party, Maximo Park, and Towers Of London jumped to the cause of the blighted band, whose vocalist fell ill after arriving at Leeds Festival on Friday.
The band played on the NME/Radio 1 Stage earlier this afternoon and got a hero’s welcome from the Reading crowd, which has swelled in numbers for the final day.
First up was Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack, who played on ‘Terror!’, before being joined by his bandmate, singer Kele Okereke, for ‘Strasbourg’.
Maximo Park’s Paul Smith then helped out, reading his words from a small red notebook he’d scribbled the lyrics to in earlier..
Kele and Towers Of London singer Donny Tourette then dueted on final number, ’22 Grand Job’ with Paul and members of Art Brut also joining in for an onstage dance!
Elsewhere on the NME/Radio 1 Stage today (Sunday), the standout sets came from Sons & Daughters and Maximo Park, while on the Main Stage Incubus stole the show with a collosal set of classics and new tracks, finishing with a cover of Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’. Marilyn Manson is currently playing to a packed Main Stage arena, but it’s Iron Maiden who everyone’s waiting to see, with thousands of vintage Maiden t-shirts filling the festival site.