Reading & Leeds 2015: Alvvays bring new songs and ballroom dancing to Reading 2015

Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Photo: Emma Swann

Festival Republic has transformed into a cider-fuelled version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Filled with waltzing, pirouetting punters and spangling lighters held aloft, Reading’s Festival Republic tent has transformed into a cider-fuelled version of Strictly Come Dancing. As the slow-burning, reflective ‘Party Police’ rings out amid the pogoing balloons and misted lights, the crowd is lapping it all up like free cake on a street corner, and Alvvays - who normally play slots far earlier on in the day - find themselves perfectly suited to the twilight hours.

Molly Rankin’s quietly in full command, and amid all of the pandemonium taking place elsewhere across the site, it’s a joyous, effortless moment from a band right at the top of their game. Alvvays’ eponymous debut - a stand-out from last year - shines brightest, skipping through sugary melodies. It’s also a set filled with new songs - there are four in total. Alvvays peak with ‘Archie, Marry Me’ which soon spreads like wildfire into a tent. By the end they have Festival Republic behind them.

Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann
Alvvays, Reading 2015 by Emma Swann

Photos: Emma Swann

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