Reading Festival Friday round-up

Published: 23 Aug 2014 02:000 comments

Friday acts include Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore and a secret set

A disappointingly small crowd at the Main Stage witnessed NYC's indie rockers Vampire Weekend.

As always, looking the epitome of cool, they reeled through tracks from their three albums with hit A-Punk, the most recognisable of their tunes, getting the crowd moving the most.

The set was tight, the music was brilliant but it did feel a little strange that they were sandwiched between Enter Shikari and Paramore which could go someway to explaining the numbers.

Festival-goers who needed a bit of early morning inspiration, were given it by south London spoken word poet Kate Tempest.

"If you got something you want to do - do it, do it and do it again. Get better and get better and get better," she implored.

After rifling through tracks from her album 'Everybody Dance' she thanked the Reading crowd to rapturous applause.

Milton Jones provided some light-hearted entertainment at the Alternative Stage - his witty one-liners lifted the crowd's spirits but it was when he was interacting with the audience that his true talents shone through.

Later on, Wimbledon's singer-songwriter Jamie T played a not-so-secret set on the Festival Republic Stage.

Fans screamed the lyrics back but it was Sheila, If You Got The Money and Sticks 'n' Stones that were the highlight of the set and possibly the day.

Despite threatening to rain most of the day it was only mid-way through joint headliners Paramore that the heavens opened although not enough to dampen the spirits of the baying crowd.

A mid-set power failure on the main stage threatened to end Paramore's biggest Reading performance early as the sound suddenly cut out to fans' dismay.

However quick-thinking from lead singer Hayley Williams led to an impromptu a capella version of Only Exception with the crowd providing the power while the stage crew fixed the problem.

With the technical hitch sorted the Tennessee trio welcomed a bewildered fan in a dinosaur costume on stage to sing out the chorus to Misery Business.

The confetti marking the end of their show had barely finished falling when instruments and lighting rigs were frantically swapped to give second headliners Queens of the Stone Age the chance to finish off the opening day.

A count down on the screens was bellowed out across the arena signalling a change of pace and kick in the volume and an early appearance of the rock anthem No One Knows got the set off to a flying start.

Striking lasers and hypnotic lights filled the smoky sky above the crowd who braved cooler weather and showers as the first day of 2014's festival was brought to an explosive close.

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