This weekend, we’re ‘on the ground’ at Reading 2022. Featuring some of the biggest and most exciting bands and artists on the planet, alongside the buzziest new acts, we’ll be bringing you coverage of everything you need to know. That includes photos of all the key sets, including these snaps of Crawlers, who took to the Festival Republic Stage on Sunday (28th August).
There have been many standout breakthrough bands who’ve claimed festival season as their own, but Crawlers may just steal the crown. At Reading today, it’s nothing short of emphatic. A Festival Republic tent crammed to the rafters with fans new and old follows every command. Latest blazer ‘I Don’t Wanna’ sets pogoing masses alight, ‘I Can’t Drive’ opens pits, and when ‘Fuck Me (I Didn’t Know How To Say)’ and ‘Come Over (Again)’ drop, it’s not just pure release but emotion that rings through the crowd. The mixtape they announce on-stage is but a glorious tease of what’s next (‘Loud Without Noise’, out in October, btw). To be a buzz band is one thing, but to cut through and turn trauma into triumph is another. That’s Crawlers, and they’re just getting started.