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Flume brings originals, remixes and a bag of tricks to Reading 2014

Aussie producer Harley Streten headlines the Dance Stage on his R&L debut.

Looking at the line-up, Harley Streten’s Reading & Leeds debut as Flume looks like a big deal: First time round and he’s headlining the Dance Stage, with just one album under his belt. There’s one slight issue - he’s on just before Disclosure take to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, so there’s every way this late night set could be treated as a warm-up by eager, hot-footed youngsters. As it plays out, that’s not the case.

His show takes in everything: Tracks from his 2013 self-titled debut; additional cuts that featured on a follow-up extension of that first work; plus remixes from some of the greats - including Disclosure, perhaps a nod to what’s coming up. He ends up closing with the now seminal remix of ‘You & Me’ - knowingly, this precedes what’s to come. But that doesn’t mean the Aussie can’t create a party of his own.

Circle pits erupt in previously quiet corners as soon as he kicks in. ‘Holdin’ On’ burst into view, and the superb ‘Sleepless’ goes one step further. He takes on Lorde’s ‘Tennis Court’, before passing the baton onto the majestic ‘Insane’, with the crowd taking that song’s title 100% literally. Familiar voices creep in - Freddie Gibbs and Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman bellowing out from the tent - and for a debut this is seriously impressive stuff. A warm-up this is not - Flume’s only suited for gigantic occasions, and it’s only taken him one album to get this far.

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