REVIEW: Marmozets @ Reading Festival ★★★★☆

marmozets at reading

Marmozets have been making quite the racket over recent years and they look set to explode next month with their eagerly anticipated debut release coming out, ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’. They’ve impressively played Download Festival and Glastonbury this year and are completing the hat trick of the UK’s biggest and best festivals right at the end of festival season with FOUR sets at Reading & Leeds. That’s right, FOUR. An early slot on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage followed on in the evening with a set on the The Pit Stage.

We manage to catch the northern quintets first set of the day. All the hard work, shows and countless miles have culminated all to this weekend. Can they prove themselves on the big stages and on a huge scale? Straight off the bat all five bodies are in full on riot mode as they scale the stage and throw themselves into everything with pure passion and controlled aggression. Becca MacIntyre prowls around and caresses her microphone seducing and leading the crowd into a false sense of security before she lets rips her raspy and (at times) demonic shriek. ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’ sounds like a older Arctic Monkeys track but with more balls and groove. ‘Captivate You’ starts off as an elegant piece of work before exploding into arena rock territory that allows Becca’s voice to soar over the crowd and showcase that she is more than a one trick shouting pony. The tightness of the rhythm section and band in general is superb for such young talents that impresses all in the BBC Radio 1/NME tent.

Closing out with ‘Move, Shake, Hide’ see’s guitarist Sam MacIntyre move down in front of the barrier with his microphone stand and guitar to piss off the security in front awaiting the swell of bodies coming over the top and safely into their arms. An utterly fantastic set from one of the UK’s brightest and best young bands, the Yorkshire group can be proud, it were reet good.