Watch Rabea Massaad’s scorching solo spot opening for Stormzy at Reading Festival

Rabea Massaad performing live at Reading Festival
(Image credit: BBC iPlayer)

The 50th anniversary instalment of the UK’s world-famous Reading and Leeds Festival took place last weekend and – as you’d expect – the three-day music marathon saw no shortage of exquisite electric guitar performances.

Out of all the artists that played, however, one appearance in particular caught the guitar world’s attention. In a jaw-dropping display of rap-meets-rock, Rabea Massaad joined forces with Stormzy for a blistering set opener that saw the prog phenom supercharge the rap star’s show.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.