On paper, this should be a tough set for a pop star, but in the field, Mimi Webb absolutely smashes it.
Words: Ali Shutler.
Photos: Frances Beach.
As eclectic as the Reading lineup is, unapologetic, sugary pop still remains something of an outsider amongst the indie, hip-hop and dance. However, Mimi Webb looks right at home as she bounces onto Main Stage East for a shimmery afternoon set that’s giddy, fierce and a load of fun.
Fans clamber onto shoulders from the opening stadium roar of ‘Freezing’ and stay there for the duration, while the field just gets busier and busier as Mimi showcases songs from brilliant debut album ‘Amelia’. With bangers like ‘House On Fire’ and ‘Red Flags’, it’s an easy choice for the Reading faithful
Typically, even the most seasoned bands struggle to slow things down without losing the crowd, but today, the field screams along to the slow-burning ‘24/5’ and has a collective moment for the emotional reflection of ‘Dumb Love’. On paper, this should be a tough set for a pop star, but in the field, Mimi Webb absolutely smashes it. “This is so cool,” she grins, and we couldn’t agree more.