You Me At Six played a secret set at Reading Festival on Saturday. Here's what we learned.
THEY HAVE SO MANY HUGE SONGS
They don't play arenas for no reason, you know?
Huge singalongs on the dramatic 'Room To Breathe' and fist-pumping chats of 'Loverboy' are typical of this career-spanning reintroduction to YMAS, and every song they play is belted back right back at them at full volume by the busiest crowd The Pit stage has seen all weekend.
YOU CAN TELL THEY'VE BEEN MIXING IT WITH THE BIG BOYS
It's the way Josh Franceschi prowls the stage with slicked back hair and a leather jacket looking every inch an arena-busting superstar.
It's the extended, soaring guitar solo on 'Loverboy'. It's the way they segue into a cover of The Killers' 'When You Were Young' at the end of 'Reckless' without even breaking into a sweat.
This is a smart, special band who've learned everything they possibly could from their time headlining arenas.
BUT THEY HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN THEIR FRIENDS Josh pays tribute to Architects' Tom Searle before a heady, emotional final run through 'Bite My Tongue'. RIP Tom.
THE NEW SONGS SOUND BIIIIG Whether it's the stomp and swagger of new single 'Night People' or the other big, bold new song they play, the next chapter of You Me At Six's career sounds grander and more expansive than anything that's come before it.
It also sounds like it may well be the chapter that sees them headline festivals like this all on their own.
IT'S SO, SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU ME AT SIX BACK Welcome back, gentlemen.