Review: Disclosure @ Reading 2016

Opening with ‘White Noise’ the split second AlunaGeorge finish performing it in the dance tent, Disclosure bring the festival experience full circle. “This is the first festival me and Howard ever went to,” Guy Lawrence declares. “That’s why I think this crowd is going to be the best crowd we ever played to, am I right?”

Getting their audience involved is something Disclosure excel at. Transitioning so effortlessly from one song to the next that you’d almost believe they were created this way (let’s face it – Disclosure were always meant for mass dance-alongs), the duo take the main stage for their very own.

They might be champions of the moment, but the maintain their victory with no shortage of humility. “What a pleasure it is to share the stage with one of our favourite bands in the UK: Foals!” Harkening back to their own days as festival punters in the fields (“we have stood where you are stood”), the set offers nothing short of elation.

The duo’s electric energy ignites the darkening field with an all natural ease. Drawing from songs from all throughout their history, it seems like this moment was always meant to be. From the darkened refrains of ‘Driving On’, through the soulful introduction of Brendan Reilly for ‘Moving Mountains’, to the elated rendition of ‘Latch’, Disclosure usher in the night with an unparalleled excitement – and the weekend is only just beginning.


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