Another year, another rocking late-August weekend at the Reading Festival. The annual U.K. festival stunned this year, with highly anticipate sets from the Foo Fighters, At The Drive-In, Kasbian and The Cure; roaring young acts like Azealia Banks, Odd Future and Florence + The Machines; and surprise appearances from Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We didn’t make it across the seas in time for the fest, but lucky for us those who did have got us covered. Didn’t make it either? Check out five sets from the three day fest that we wouldn’t have missed, courtesy of YouTube!
From this sounds of this fan shot video, the Yung Rapunxezl had the audience digging on her and her hit “212.” There’s not much like hearing a festival’s worth of people screaming “and that c*** getting eaten” with such gusto.
The festival really hit a boil when Green Day hit the stage on Saturday morning for what Billie Joe Armstrong described as the “worst kept secret ever” performance. The boys surprised festival-goers with an hour-long set on that included old hits like “Brain Stew” and “Longview” as well as new material, like “Oh Love” above.
Only recently back together and in action after more than a decade-long absence, the Texan punks At the Drive-In got Reading’s crowds roweled up with a set that included a cover of The Smiths “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore,” their classic “One Armed Scissor” (above), and a typically bizarre Cedrix Bixler-Zavala, who showed up on stage with a broom and a Prince Harry joke: “I’m trying to clean this place up.”
Northern Irish rock trio Two Door Cinema Club surprised festival goers with an unannounced acoustic set, which included their haunted new single “Sleep Alone.” Frontman Sam Halliday told NME that, “It was quiet strange to be referred to as ‘secret special guests’, because we’ve never really thought of ourselves as special before.” There’s a first for everything, but we would be remiss if we didn’t say that we’ve known since their You Oughta Know days that the boys are more than just average.
The Foo Fighters played a harrowing two and a half hour long set, during which they paid tribute to Kurt Cobain and sang happy birthday to David Grohl‘s mother. And then, sadly, they announced that the performance would be their last “for a long time.” Until then…