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 Loyle Carner, who took to the BBC Introducing Stage for a secret set on Saturday (27th August).
The ‘Reading Secret Set’ has become a bit of a tradition, with that knowing sense that anyone could roll through at any given moment. Following in the wake of the likes of Green Day, Bring Me The Horizon, Jamie T and more, it’s Loyle Carner’s turn to stop Reading in its tracks. “It was supposed to be a secret”, he cracks, as the BBC Introducing stage sees a crowd stretching far and wide to catch a glimpse at a voice who’s become a bit of a National treasure across two beloved studio albums. Screaming fans, people on shoulders and hit after hit follow – ‘You Don’t Know’ and ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’ just a sip of the perfect summer Saturday vibe, showcasing why he’s become a very big deal indeed. With new music fitting nicely across a set that feels like an ‘I was there’ moment, if Loyle was nervous about how people would react to his return, Reading proves he’s nestled amongst the very best right now.