Reading Festival 2016: Friday Review
Lukas Hamilton summarises the first day of Reading Festival 2016
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Day One at Reading Festival was one hell of a debut show, a 10th show in row and an explosive headline show.
Frank Turner kicked off the festival in style with his 10th show in a row, this year with his band The Sleeping Souls. Walking onto the stage to the theme from Jurassic Park, he set the record for most consecutive shows at Reading. Frank had the crowd form a wall of hugs, rather than a wall of death and advised us to take care of each other and make new friends.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, however, had different ideas for the audience. Unlike Turner, Carter made the fans form the biggest circle of death possible, and continued his tradition of going into the audience to be part of it.
A packed set by Mura Masa, followed by new hits by Giggs got the crowd at the Radio 1Xtra stage into exactly the right mood for a smash set from the grime collective BBK on the Main Stage, with Skepta and JME making it a show not to be forgotten.
The evening saw a debut set from duo Disclosure, making them the best act of the day. Starting off with their massively popular ‘White Noise’, just as AlunaGeorge did it on the NME/Radio One Stage. The further they got into the set, the better and better it got, with the bass so loud that it could be felt on the desks of the food vendors at the side.
Even though it did not live up to the monster expectations left by Disclosure, the headliner, Foals, did not disappoint, playing to the sold out crowd at the Main Stage, with old standards such as ‘Mountain At My Gate’. The music made everyone forget how disgusting and dirty they felt after a day of mud and dirt. After the last chord unleashed an explosion of confetti, people were either extremely sad that they only had a day pass, or excited for Saturday.
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