While they smashed through their hits, giving ‘AM’ the send-off it deserves after a huge two promotional tour, many fans were left disappointed by the sound quality.
Arctic Monkeys opened with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before upping the tempo and launching into ‘Brianstorm’, but between tracks, fans frequently, frustratedly chanted “turn it up”.
Many festival-goers have also taken to Twitter to share their views, praising the band while criticising the mainstage’s volume levels.
— Gabriele Nicotra (@gabesound) August 23, 2014
Arctic Monkeys were amazing as per but the main stage sound this year is absolute piss.— Hannah (@hannakin__) August 23, 2014
Arctic Monkeys sound nowhere near as good as they did at Glastonbury at Reading tonight.— Alex Salisbury (@Salisbury_99) August 23, 2014
Decked in his usual attire - a leather jacket, skinny jeans and slicked-back hair - Alex led the band through the best of ‘AM’, storming through ‘Arabella’ and ‘No 1 Party Anthem’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, throwing in selection of older classics for good measure.
While sound issues meant there was little in the way of an atmosphere during slower tracks such as ‘Library Pictures’ and ‘My Propeller’, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘Teddy Picker’ and ‘Dancing Shoes’ helped the band get everyone on side again.
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After a rousing rendition of ‘I Wanna Be Yours’, their set was almost over and after bidding goodbye, Alex led the band back on stage for a three song encore of ‘One For The Road’, ‘Snap Out Of It’ and ‘R U Mine?’.
Elsewhere at Reading, other highlights included Royal Blood’s afternoon set on the NME stage and Gesaffelstein's star turn on the Dance Stage.
On Sunday, Blink 182 are tasked with the job of headlining, while Arctic Monkeys close Leeds Festival.
See all the photos from day two at Reading below...