With a classic laden set

The Cure brought the first full day of Reading 2012 to a close last night (August 24th) with a classic laden set.

With Glastonbury sadly sidelined, many British festivals are pushing their way to the centre stage of the summer season. Reading and Leeds have a more appropriate claim than most, and both swung into action yesterday with some high profile sets.

Foo Fighters closed Leeds, but all eyes were on Reading where The Cure made their return. Following last year’s celebrated performance at Bestival, the pressure was on the Gothic greats but Robert Smith & Co. responded with a length, classic laden set.

That said, the band’s opening moments were rather subdued. The Cure arrived to the strains of instrumental track ‘Tape’ and then indulged in a few lesser known tracks.

However with fifth track ‘Lovesong’ the floodgates opened and the classic poured through. ‘Inbetweendays’ was followed by ‘Just Like Heaven’ but it was ‘Friday I’m In Love’ which really seemed to ignite the crowd.

Robert Smith was silent throughout, rarely interacting with the crowd. Towards the end of the set the frontman commented on this, explaining: "I still don't know why I don't talk, even after all these years, I'm thinking it all though, trust me."

Mixing hit singles with cult favourites, the three hour was a nigh on perfect example of why The Cure remain such a sought after live attracting. Ending with early period favourite ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ the band left to a triumphant roar from the Reading crowd.

Set list.
'The End of the World'
'Sleep When I'm Dead'
'In Between Days'
'Just Like Heaven'
'Pictures of You'
'The Caterpillar'
'The Walk'
'Friday I'm In Love'
'Doing The Unstuck'
'From The Edge Of The Deep Green Sea'
'Play For Today'
'A Forest'
'The Hungry Ghost'
'Wrong Number'
'One Hundred Years'
'Dressing Up'
'The Lovecats
'Just One Kiss'
'Let's Go To Bed'
'Why Can't I Be You?'
'Boys Don't Cry'

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