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 Run The Jewels, who took to the Main Stage East on Sunday (28th August).
After Rage Against the Machine pulled out due to injury, their tour support and hip hop heavyweights Run The Jewels became the odd one out on the Sunday main stage lineup. If they’re daunted by the prospect of playing to an audience of Charli XCX and The 1975 fans, they don’t show it. Bounding on stage demanding the crowd put their hands up, El-P and Killer Mike are masters of hyping up an audience. Bangers from across their back catalogue soon win the crowd over, with Mike grinning from ear to ear as he dad-dances across the stage.
RTJ have always been a socially conscious duo as well as an incredible live act, and today is no exception. Mike stops between songs to say to the crowd: “We just wanna say, if you didn’t come with her, don’t put your fucking hands on her, or we’ll stomp your fucking face in.” It’s a heartening message to hear blasting out of the main stage speakers and the cherry on top of an already stellar performance.