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Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reading Festival 2014: The Best Performances From Friday - Watch

Not at Reading or Leeds festival this weekend? No problem. We'll be gathering the best performances in one place each day for you to catch up on at NME Blogs. The BBC are streaming lots of the main performances and you can watch highlights from Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore and Warpaint below.


Al Horner

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Queens Of The Stone Age Versus Paramore At Reading - In The Battle Of The Co-Headliners Who Came Out On Top?

One's a burly rock wrecking crew whose dark sleaze has influenced a generation of new bands, the other are sugar-rush power-pop specialists still making their mark - but which of Reading's two "co-headliners" came out on top on Friday? Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age shared bill-topping duties in Berkshire (August 22) in a move that provoked debate among fans at first but ended up making for a varied, spectacular double act. Was there a winner?


Andy Welch

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Reading & Leeds Festival's Most Chaotic Set? Palma Violets V The Orwells V Fat White Family

Fat White Family, The Orwells and Palma Violets. Bands who make a habit of staging eventful performances. Watching them you're usually struck with the sense that anything could - and probably will - happen. Performing at Brighton's The Great Escape festival in May 2014, the Fat Whites' frontman Lias Saudi appeared on stage wearing just a thong and a smothering of what looked – we hope – like barbecue sauce. The Orwells' frontman Mario Cuomo, meanwhile, has been known to jump off stage and kissed a stage invader at a show at London's 100 Club this summer.


Dan Stubbs

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Macklemore On Leeds' Main Stage: Unexpected Triumph Or Total Disaster?

Earlier this week, NME published a list of what the Reading & Leeds line-up would look like if the headliners were decided by hits on Shazam, the app that identifies the song you're listening to. One of the more striking outcomes was that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Seattle hip hop duo, came out on top of the line-up that played Leeds on Friday (August 23), ahead of the festival's true headliners, Blink-182. While Shazam hits aren't an exact measure o


Lucy Jones

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Disclosure: 5 Reasons Why The Duo Could Headline Festivals Next Year

By far the biggest crowd I was in at Leeds festival today (Friday, August 22) was at the NME/Radio 1 tent for Disclosure's headline show. It was such a crush that, at one point, about 100 excited people fell over. The moment Guy and Howard Lawrence entered the stage, the audience erupted into deafening screams. The kind of screams reserved for rock stars who've been around for decades, not young men who look like they should be presenting Blue Peter. But they earned them. Here's five reasons why they'll be topping the Main Stage at festivals pretty soon.

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