INVITING Radiohead to close Reading festival was a bit of a gamble. The experimental Oxford five-piece couldn’t be further from the heavy rock bands that usually headline on Sunday night. But any qualms were quashed by a spectacular, spine-tingling set from arguably the most influential indie band of the past decade and a half.
Before Radiohead came to the stage, a theatrical finale was already anticipated thanks to an electrifying performance from the New York-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Lead singer Karen O, dressed in a pink zebra-stripe jumpsuit, squirmed, sweated and screamed throughout the set. Her unstoppable energy was catching, as her charisma — and multi-coloured costume changes — lit up the grey sky.