Smashing Pumpkins Bring Third Day Of Reading To An Electrifying Close

The Hold Steady and Klaxons also pull off thrilling headline sets

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Smashing Pumpkins brought Reading Festival to a fitting close tonight (August 26) with a set full of their heavy rock hits, including “1979” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”.

We’ve been here all weekend blogging about all the best bands and most exciting events – clicking on the artists below will lead you straight to our reports.

The Hold Steady played a customarily rocking set headlining The Carling Stage. Craig Finn and co. obviously relished the opportunity to play at one of their favourite festivals, despite their hugely-demanding summer schedule – the Brooklyn boys have performed at nearly every bash this year, from Ireland’s Electric Picnic to Suffolk’s Latitude.

New rave sensations Klaxons packed out the NME/Radio 1 Stage tonight, following stunning performances from Brazilians CSS and New Yorkers LCD Soundsystem.

Earlier on in the day saw ecstatically received performances from grime scenesters Hadouken!, post-punk poppers Pull Tiger Tail, US indie stars Cold War Kids and saucy electro troupe New Young Pony Club – once again, click on the artists’ names to see in depth reports.

Devendra Banhart started off our day on the right track with a spine-tingling and beautifully intimate acoustic set performed his folk sea shanties on a cruise up the Thames, before drawing an enthusiastic crowd to his blissful performance on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Carling Weekend: Reading Festival has been a resounding success, with very few incidents or arrests among the 80,000 people attending the festival each day.

Check back to tomorrow for more coverage and analysis from the weekend.


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