“For people our age, Reading Festival is the festival,” beams Andrew Fisher. It’s a sentiment plenty have shared across the weekend, but it’s one that comes with its own added pressure. Luckily, Basement are a well-oiled machine. They step on stage, they deliver, they leave; it’s a fairly good way to operate to be honest.
They flit from being grungy and sombre to melodic and massive – they batter through ‘Pine’, ‘Aquasun’ and ‘Covet’ with an ease that just draws the packed tent in further, their presence clutching the whole tent. Basement don’t even need to do all that much to command unwavering attention, they simply have it.
“When I’m with you, I don’t wanna be with anyone else” is aptly belted across the tent as they draw their set to a close. If you want to see just how to be a rock band, this is it.