Reading & Leeds 2015

Drenge keep raising the dial on Reading Festival’s main stage

There’s little stopping this band from going one further in the future.

Taking a typical Drenge perspective, the main stage is the limit for their Reading & Leeds rise. “It’s like going to the shoe shop to get a different pair of shoes, because your feet are a bit bigger,” Eoin Loveless explained earlier today. “’s just a shame there are no bigger shoes - it’s reaching size twelve now.”

Things can go beyond this - that much is clear from a main stage set that delivers everything Drenge specialise in, in spades. Rory Loveless is in peak awkward stage banter - “Is everyone having a good time? So…” he says twice in the space of thirty seconds - and shuffling feet are toppled by the time they get playing. ‘We Can Do What We Want’ is the first hell-raiser. What follows is everything Drenge dreamt of. “We’re looking for octuple or sextuple circle pits,” they told DIY pre-set, and they’re not far from hitting the jackpot by the end.

Second album ‘Undertow’ was a mission statement for Drenge. It saw them translating their thick and fuzzy live approach to recordings, and then some. What’s next is anyone’s guess, but these three are in prime position to become one of the biggest bands in the country. They make a terrifying main stage slot look like child’s play.

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