Watch the 8 Best Performances from Reading Festival

posted by Maya Shaw-Faber on August 25, 2014

Clean Bandit via Reading Festival

Reading, United Kingdom -- Reading and Leeds festivals took place this past weekend and the lineup was epic. If you weren't able to make it, or you just want to reminisce, the BBC has posted tons of videos of performances from Reading Festival on their YouTube page. We've sorted through them for the highlights, so you don't have to. Keep reading for eight great performances from Reading 2014.

Clean Bandit - "Rather Be"

How much fun does Clean Bandit look like they're having up there? Performing their 2014 single "Rather Be," they intertwine classical instruments with an electronic beat. Band members dance onstage with each other, and it's hard to tell who is having more fun, the band or the audience. It's impossible not to dance and sing along, even if you're just watching the video at home. 

Disclosure - "When A Fire Starts to Burn"

Disclosure performed live at Reading and killed it with "When A Fire Starts to Burn." The two brothers played instruments in addition to the electronic elements, while crazy fire visuals flashed behind them. The song, with its repetitive lyrics and catchy bass line, is hard not to nod your head to. It's obvious even from the video the audience was having an awesome time.

Jungle - "Time"

For something with a little more soul, check out Jungle performing "Time." The band, which only formed in 2013, charmed the audience with their smooth vocals and catchy beats. You'll have this song stuck in your head for quite a while, so check out their other singles, like "Busy Earnin'" and "The Heat."

Raleigh Ritchie - "Stronger Than Ever"

Raleigh Ritchie, AKA Jacob Anderson, performed a laid-back acoustic version of "Stronger Than Ever" at the Tree House at Reading. The actor and musician is best known for his part in the movie Adulthood, and has appeared on the shows Skins and Injustice. At his performance at Reading, he inexplicably wore a shirt with Justin Bieber's mugshot on it, and tweeted "I'm glad you liked the shirt."

Imagine Dragons - "Demons"

Reading also saw Imagine Dragons performing their popular song "Demons." The live version has a different feel than the studio version, but it gives you chance to really take in the vocals by Dan Reynolds. The audience sang every word with him, and the connection between musician and fan made it really special. 

Vampire Weekend - "Unbelievers"

Vampire Weekend was as adorable as always performing "Unbelievers." Their sound is sweet and easy to listen to, and they always deliver live. Ezra Koenig sings lead vocals while the audience screams. Watch this video while you sit back, relax, and take in the last of summer.

Mallory Knox - "Ghost in The Mirror"

Pick up the pace with Mallory Knox performing "Ghost in The Mirror." This band rocks with Mikey Chapman on vocals. It's obvious the band is having fun, which makes this performance all the more fun to watch. You'll be screaming along with the crowd in no time.

The Courteeners - "Not Nineteen Forever"

Cap it off with this performance of "Not Nineteen Forever" by The Courteeners. This band has a classic rock band sound, and their live performance doesn't disappoint. Jam out with the audience and band member Liam Fray on vocals. It's the perfect performance to wrap up your Reading Festival experience.

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