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 PinkPantheress, who took to the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage on Friday (26th August).
Those jokes about missing a whole PinkPantheress show if you go to the toilet might just be true. In fact, today you’d be lucky to see her at all. For her first festival season, the Radio 1 Dance Stage already feels like a severe underplay, and the crowd, who’ve presumably arrived at the festival after picking up their GSCE results (PinkPantheress asks them what they got), are both spilling out into the field and desperately pushing their way in. With a showing so big, her ASMR vocals barely reach the edge of it. Thankfully there’s plenty there to fill in on Tiktok favourites ‘Just For Me’ and ‘Pain’, the latter of which she leads into with a cover of Sweet Female Attitude’s garage classic ‘Flowers’, bringing her signature sampling to the stage. She repeatedly mentions how surprised she is that so many people are there to see her, and how she can’t believe they want to listen to her music, a stark representation of how those TikTok numbers translate to IRL listeners.