Third time's the charm...
Reading Festival 2011 - Bombay Bicycle Club by Gobinder Jhitta

Whoever said getting crushed up against the barrier only happened at metal gigs? As fans and festival goers alike pour into the NME/Radio 1 tent to secure a decent view of Jack Steadman and the boys, it quickly becomes rammed, with dedicated fans struggling to even breathe at the front, while latecomers are left reluctantly watching the screens outside.

Having played Reading for the first time back in 2007 with little material but a lot of potential and already bestowed with ‘the best band to come out of North London in a long time‘ tag, they returned for another appearance in 2008 and now once more. With only a matter of days before new album ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ is released, Bombay Bicycle give Reading a sneak preview of three tracks; ‘Bad Timing’, ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ and ‘Shuffle’. The latter has already proved a hit this summer with its distinctive introduction and infectious melody, showing how the band is constantly evolving, while remaining vibrantly current.

Performing a melodically pitch perfect set, which includes the introduction of a horn section and guest singer Lucy Rose, they dust off anthems from their debut album, ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’ and follow-up ‘Flaws’, generating a feel good vibe throughout with their energetic take on indie pop. Numbers such as ‘Dust On The Ground’ and ‘Ivy And Gold’ send the heaving crowd crazy, hands going up in unison with the music, while the lyrics echo around the tent leaving Steadman with an amused smile and and the London quartet with a grand feeling of accomplishment.

After zigzagging between their three albums, Bombay bring their set to a close with ‘Always Like This’, another finely-honed sonic missile which sends the crowd off their feet and boogieing. The band can barely hear their own instruments while the crowd shows their appreciation with bouts of clapping and screaming. It is transparently clear that both audience and Bombay Bicycle Club thoroughly enjoyed themselves, which makes success for the new album and future tours look promising. Walking off stage, the band has left a major impression on the thirsty for more audience. Expect to see much more of these premature veterans on the festival circuit in coming years.

Words by Abitha Pallet
Photo by Gobinder Jhitta

View a full photo gallery from the Reading Festival 2011 HERE.

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