Indie-pop London quartet Bastille closed out Reading Festival 2019 with a dazzling headline set on the BBC R1 Stage tonight.
The band quickly gained huge amounts of widespread praise and popularity after their debut album ‘Bad Blood’ was released way back in the vintage days of 2013. Since then, they’ve gained international superstar status, with their 80s-synth pop-influenced tracks giving us all the feels.
Tracks like ‘Send Them Off!’, ‘Happier’ and ‘Good Grief’ are rewarded with screams from the overflowing tent of wide-eyed fans who were eager to chant along to Bastille’s catchy lyrics. They even brought on Matthew Murphy, lead-vocalist from The Wombats to join them for hit track ‘Blame’ – and what a treat that was.
Lead vocalist and mastermind behind Bastille, Dan Smith bounces around the stage visibly loving every second of his headline performance. And the crowd were loving it too.
Penultimate track ‘Doom Days’, the title track from their latest album released in June, highlights the joy of living in the moment. Dan gives us a reminder not to worry about what’s outside those festival walls, but to focus on having a good time with your mates on the closing night of Reading 2019 – good advice I think.
Finale track and all-time festival summer bop ‘Pompeii’ was the last track to go off with a bang, and with confetti cannons and inflatable balls amongst the crowd – this was the perfect end to a perfect weekend at Reading Festival 2019.