Devendra Banhart Kicks Off Reading Festival Final Day

Psych-folk figurehead previews new album on sunkissed Thames cruise

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Devendra Banhart kicked off a great final day at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival with a bizarre gig on a boat.

The psych-folk star performed five extended songs from his new album ‘Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain’ on a small boat cruising from Reading to Goring early this afternoon (August 26).

Banhart, dressed in a sailor’s cap, neckerchief and denim waistcoat, played:


‘So Long Old Bean’

‘Samba Vexillographica’




‘The Other Woman’

Carling weekend: Reading is tonight headlined on the main stage by US rockers Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails.

Uncut’s winner of hardest working festival’s band The Hold Steady are also on site – they headline the Carling Stage tonight at 10.40.

For a more in depth report, check out Uncut’s blog on Devendra’s fantastic voyage here.

The NME/ Radio 1 stage will see a blast of colour from super Brazilians CSS, LCD Soundsystem and Klaxons.

Today also sees performances from Maps, Kate Nash, Jamie T and Fall Out Boy play.

Check the Uncut Festival’s Blog throughout the evening for up to date for all the rocktastic as it happens here.


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