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Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018

The rammed tent is bursting at the seams.
Published: 5:16 pm, August 27, 2018Words: Steven Loftin. Photos: Ryan Johnston.

The phrase "a moment" is thrown around a lot at festivals, especially Reading & Leeds. For Slaves, however, there’s nothing else to call their headline set on the Radio 1 Stage. The scrappy duo have been on a hell of an ascension over the last few years, and seem just about unstoppable since the release of their third album, ‘Acts of Fear & Love’. 

With a rammed tent bursting at the seams to get a glimpse of the twosome, the blazing inferno of ‘Sockets’ quickly rings out once the entrance of ‘We Like To Party! (The Vengabus Is Coming)’ subsides. The contrast of these two tracks perfectly captures what Slaves are all about; a good time with a bit of a bite; nothing’s too serious, but there’s an underlying tone that speaks a hundred truths. 

The duo even bust out their cover of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’, in tribute to the man himself who had to pull out of the festival due to logistical reasons. While the set careers across their output, the sound is coherently confident, and louder than ever. Slaves have seen the road to the top, and they're bounding and thrashing their way down it.

Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018
Slaves play to a packed BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading 2018

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