Reading 2016

INHEAVEN seize the day at Reading 2016

Making their stage debut at a festival they grew up on, this is clearly a special show.

For many bands setting out on the road to a debut album, Reading and Leeds feels like a milestone moment. For INHEAVEN, who spent consecutive years of their teens thrashing about and necking lukewarm cider in front of this very stage, that’s certainly the case. From the off, it’s an occasion they’re clearly set on grabbing hold of with both hands; a task that a surging crowd more than happily assist with.

Throwing himself in the general direction of the mic, and yelling out ‘Baby’s Alright’s chant-like verse with regimented precision, James Taylor’s every inch the frontman after a year of honing and growing on various support tours, and other such marlarkies with everyone from The Magic Gang, to fellow DIY Neu tour pals The Big Moon and VANT. Now, more than ever, INHEAVEN look thoroughly unstoppable, and on the verge of stepping into a whole new world of untapped potential.

Their new single ‘Drift’ – just a few days old – prompts the opening of a pit, and bassist Chloe Little sings it right at the crowd, clearly beaming and bowled over by the miniature frenzy INHEAVEN have prompted at Festival Republic. Playing their first Reading, this is a band that has already outgrown their early afternoon billing, and odds are firmly on the London band returning again next year – as Daft Punk might say – harder, better, faster, and stronger

INHEAVEN seize the day at Reading 2016 INHEAVEN seize the day at Reading 2016 INHEAVEN seize the day at Reading 2016

Photos: Sinéad Grainger

Tags: INHEAVEN, Reading & Leeds, Festivals, Reviews, Live Reviews

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