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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Reading Festival 2011 Review

After Jane’s Addiction’s headline appearance was cancelled due to vocalist Perry Farrell’s illness, it was going to be a hard task cheering parts of the audience up. Therefore, a bit of ska to end the evening would have to provide the perfect antidote.

The Boston ska punk legends were greeted by a somewhat small crowd on the Lock Up stage, but that didn’t prevent them from providing the evening’s main headline entertainment. The band were all wearing matching suits and sunglasses but their songs were as uplifting as ever. Vocalist Dicky Barrett was joined by “Bosstone” Ben Carr, who providing backing vocals and on-stage skanking throughout, which the mainly drunken crowd attempted to emulate, sadly they didn‘t possess the same level of coolness as Carr.

Of course, The Bosstones weren’t the only ska band of the day, with Barrett dedicating a song from their set to Madness’ frontman Suggs, whose band had performed on the Main Stage earlier in the day. The Bosstones played a host to some of their biggest hits, such as “The Rascal King”, “Where’d You Go?”, alongside a  Clash cover of “Rudie Can’t Fail” and “The Impression That I Get”, which drew the biggest cheers and sing-along of the set.

A headline slot from The Mighty Mighty Bosstones was a wonderful way to end the night, and leaving a joyful grin on the faces of many.

[3.5/5.0]

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