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Surprise! Enter Shikari give fans a laid-back taste of what’s to come.

Surprise! Enter Shikari give fans a laid-back taste of what’s to come.

Posted:Saturday | 5:38 PM

How many sets is too many for one festival? If you’re Enter Shikari the answer is no amount of sets – especially when you mix it up and play a surprise intimate acoustic performance on the smallest stage.

The St Albans dance rock mob were already due to play four sets across the Reading and Leeds weekend, but surprised fans by dropping in on the BBC Introducing Stage for a surprise acoustic show. Frontman Rou Reynolds promised walls of death at their full-band performances on the Main Stage and Lock Up tent on Sunday but bought a more relaxed atmosphere to the striped-back performance.

The band effortlessly turned their usually sprawling arrangements into minimal acoustic jams, complimenting the sweltering heat perfectly. The jams in question included ‘Red Shift’, ‘Constellations’ and a haphazard version of ‘Arguing With Thermometers’ written over a simple chord progression.

Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari performing on the Main Stage in 2014. Their acoustic set today did not look like this.

However, the highlight was a mash-up of ‘Live Outside’ and Oasis’ ubiquitous ‘Wonderwall’ during which Rou commanded each half of the crowd sing a different section.

Catch the band tomorrow on the main stage. If you miss that, fret not, Enter Shikari headline the Lock Up stage on Sunday. That’s a lot of sets.

Ethan Megenis-Clarke

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

Slowthai stole the show

Slowthai stole the show

Posted:Saturday | 5:32 PM

Fans may be taking to the tents to take cover from the sun but they won’t find any peace in BBC Radio 1 tent this afternoon as Slowthai took to the stage.

Taking full control of the stage, he parted the sea of fans to make space for a huge mosh pit.

Fans couldn’t escape the heat as they got up close and personal with strangers as the entire tent erupted with energy.

The 24-year-old thrilled fans with his grime and political hip hop and added fuel to the already energetic crowd by removing items of clothing after every song, and fans went absolutely wild. He was living for every second and got huge responses from the crowd.

Despite their name, Slowthai was the furthest thing possible from Slow and definitely a crowd favourite this afternoon.

Slowthai on stage

Author:
Katie Lawman

Georgia gave us a party to remember on the BBC R1 Dance Stage

Georgia gave us a party to remember on the BBC R1 Dance Stage

Posted:Saturday | 4:03 PM

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer-songwriter Georgia was the star of the BBC R1 Dance Stage this afternoon with her 80s and 90s infused dance hits, which gave us a party to remember. You definitely wouldn’t have guessed this is her first time at the festival as she was so comfortable giving us the dance anthems we were desperate to hear.

The talented Londoner is an accomplished musician and has recently gained increased popularity for her hit tracks ‘Started Out’ and latest single ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ which both went off and banged as hard as the drums she was hitting.

Her musical style is described by herself as ‘post-punky-hip-hop-soul’, mixed with influences from the worlds of electro pop and R&B – an absolute treat for the ears. With her club culture influences and trippy light show visuals, Georgia got the crowd going and started a party we can’t wait to continue.

Lauren Briner

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Lauren Briner

Can you score 100% on this Billie Eilish quiz?

Can you score 100% on this Billie Eilish quiz?

Posted:Saturday | 3:12 PM

Come out and play this quiz…

We don’t care if you’ve got a ‘bellyache’, there’s really no excuse not to take this. We’ll stop with the puns, but let us know what you get over on @OfficialRandL – there aren’t any prizes, just the satisfaction of knowing you’re not a failure.

Verity Harris

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Verity Harris

‘I Think I’m in Love’ with Pip Blom

‘I Think I’m in Love’ with Pip Blom

Posted:Saturday | 3:09 PM

Dutch indie-pop quartet Pip Blom won everyone’s hearts today on the BBC Radio 1 Stage. The band have certainly been busy lately –  they’ve recently joined the Heavenly Recordings gang late last year, and have just released their highly praised debut album ‘Boat.’ With plenty of fun, upbeat and gritty tracks to choose from their ever-growing catalogue of foot-stomper hits, Pip Blom were a band you definitely didn’t want to miss.

The band got the crowd going with their scratchy, scuzzy guitar melodies with grunge-infused vocal delivery. Older, classic tracks ‘Babies Are A Lie’ and ‘School’ went down a treat with their fans who’ve been there with them from the beginning, whilst songs from their recently released debut album ‘Boat’ was met with an equal amount of head bopping and appreciation from the crowd. Opener track ‘Don’t Make It Difficult’ is surely one of their best, with other new tracks like ‘Tired’ proving their boundless energy to be simply infectious.

Every time I’ve caught Pip Blom play, they always look like they’re having the best time – which makes them the perfect band to see at this year’s Reading Festival. With Pip’s ponytail bouncing around and the band jumping, it’s so hard not to smile and bop along to their raw, lo-fi sounds.

Lauren Briner

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Lauren Briner

A TrueMendous start to Saturday afternoon on the BBC 1Xtra Stage

Posted:Saturday | 3:04 PM

Hailing from Birmingham, incredibly talented TrueMendous brought her impressive blend of storytelling, soul, trap and poetry to the BBC 1Xtra Stage this lunchtime, and it’s like nothing we’ve heard before. With non-stop impressive bars, which cover important themes like mental health, abuse and anxiety, TrueMendous put on a captivating and thought-provoking performance.

Her show wasn’t all serious though, with the crowd getting fully involved and feeding off her energetic movements around the stage – and they were absolutely loving it.

TrueMendous is definitely an artist to keep your eye on if you’re not doing so already, she is definitely set for the big time. If you weren’t there today, you’re going to wish you were.

Lauren Briner

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Lauren Briner

ALMA rocks Reading’s Main Stage

ALMA rocks Reading’s Main Stage

Posted:Saturday | 3:01 PM

Another scorching day here at Reading Festival as ALMA took to the Main Stage as the second act of the day.

The Finnish star donned all black clothes, a contrast to her signature neon green hair, and heavy chain hanging around her neck.

As she played the crowd favourite: ‘All Stars’ a sea of synchronised bouncing hands appeared from both those in the crowd and those lounging on the grass, soaking up the sun.

ALMA refused to acknowledge the ending of summer with her new song: ‘Summer’ from her 2019 album, which got a huge reaction from the crowd.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of time they had to skip their penultimate song but ended on a high with crowd favourite ‘Chasing Highs’.

All music stopped as the crowd sang acapella ‘Chasing Highs’ to end the set.

ALMA

Author:
Katie Lawman

Update: Catch Aitch on the BBC Radio 1 Stage

Posted:Saturday | 1:47 PM
Verity Harris

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Verity Harris