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The 1975. Photo credit: Sarah Louise Bennett
The 1975. Photo credit: Sarah Louise Bennett

Reading Festival: Friday Round-up.

Words by Editor Taz Usher and Print Entertainment Editor Lois Plummer. 

 

“It is MENTAL. Thank you so much for making this our reality ladies and gentleman.”- Matthew Healy

 

Pop rock legends The 1975 were the last act to take to the stage last night as Reading Festival’s Friday headliner.

 

Did they receive the response they had hoped for?

 

Have a read of what we think were the six highlights of the day.

The 1975. Photo credit: Zac Mahrouche

The 1975. Photo credit: Zac Mahrouche

 

The Sun

Blessed by the August sun, Reading Festival kicked off in a blaze.

A sea of bucket hats, bandanas, and multicolored shades could be seen for miles, while red raw shoulders reflected the independence-kick of the event for first-time festival goers.

Summer treats including Mr Whippys, burgers and cold pints were also enjoyed by many across the event.

And although a cold shower would have been appreciated by many, the feel of the summer’s day sky rocketed as the first act, Kawala took to the main stage.

The warm air fused with the energy of the crowd struck a burst of life into the arena.

Festival-goers. Photo credit: James Bridle

Festival-goers. Photo credit: James Bridle

 

Charli XCX – Main Stage

The festival line-up this year has its fair amount of rock and indie, but who were the frontrunners in the pop scene at Reading? Look no further than Charli XCX.

Fans danced their way to the open green as she entered the main stage, jumping and cheering on the crowd to get moving.

Her well-loved hits – I Love It and Boys – provoked a passionate response from the crowd. The energy of the performance was infectious and enthusiastic, while she even treated fans to a rearranged Spice Girls’ classic.

 

Charli XCX. Photo credit: Charles Reagan

Charli XCX. Photo credit: Charles Reagan

 

Clairo – BBC Radio 1 Stage

Claire Cottrill – affectionately known as Clairo – graced the BBC Radio 1 Stage in the afternoon adorned with blue eyeliner and hair a shade of tangerine dream.

She infused the stage with an infinite tenderness: the kind of bedroom dream-pop that makes you swoon.

It’s no surprise that her most famous tracks, Pretty Girl and Flaming Hot Cheetos were adored by fans, as they sang along in starlit harmonies.

Clairo. Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

Clairo. Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

 

First-time acts

The enormity of Reading Festival hints that every musician chosen to play has chiseled at their act for years, refining their set to the point of perfection.

But for some of yesterday’s performers, the chance to appear on one of the event’s stage was the highlight of their careers so far.

These included Kawala- a duo from North London- who performed first on the main stage.

The boys said: “The scale of today’s performance was something else.”

“[It] was really special. We really couldn’t have asked for more.”

The BBC Introducing Stage also featured first-time rising stars throughout the day.

One act that we bumped into- Caswell- said:

“I’m so excited and I had so much fun. Can’t wait to smash Leeds tomorrow.”

Daniel McCarthy, Kawala. Photo credit: Thom Robin

Daniel McCarthy, Kawala. Photo credit: Thom Robin

 

The dance tent

The energy in the dance tent was equally impressive.

Singer songwriter Becky Hill captured the crowds will her dynamic set including favourites I Could Get Used To This and Wish You Well.

British duos Tough Love and Camelphat also brought an electric feel to the tent during the latter half of the day.

BBC Radio 1 dance tent. Photo credit: James Bridle

BBC Radio 1 dance tent. Photo credit: James Bridle

 

The 1975 – Main Stage

No doubt one of the most explosive performances of the day, The 1975 delivered a killer closing set at Reading Festival.

Flashes of neon pink and bold typography lit up the screens and the night sky as they played their most beloved hits.

Love Me – the delectable funk rock single from their second album – was a highlight of the night. “Let’s all just be rockstars in our own mind,” frontman Matty Healy voiced to the crowd.

The event clearly meant a lot to him, as he expressed: “I’ve never felt more affiliated with a crowd in all my life.”

 

The 1975. Photo credit: Charles Reagan

The 1975. Photo credit: Charles Reagan

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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