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MTV VMAs 2015: 5 Biggest Talking Points - From Bieber Crying To Kanye For President

This year’s MTV Video Music Awards, airing on Sunday night (August 30), had virtually everything you could want from an awards show. In fact by the end of it, it even started to feel a bit like a highlights reel of VMAs past: there was Kanye and Taylor returning to the scene of the "I’mma let you finish" meme and Miley returning to the site of her 2013 twerk-heavy appearance, only this time sans-Robin Thicke. The only thing missing was Madonna and Britney locking lips or perhaps Russell Brand insulting the President.

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The Libertines: How Headline Reading Festival Slot Righted The Wrongs Of 2010

The Libertines' legacy was built on tiny gigs in intimate venues like Whitechapel's Rhythm Factory and the band's own Bethnal Green flat, the Albion Rooms. So when they played Reading and Leeds Festival in 2010, it was a shame, but in a way no surprise that the passion and fury they packed into sweat-drenched dives didn't quite translate. Headlining the festivals for the first time this year, things could have gone horribly wrong, but five years on, they righted the wrongs of a missed opportunity and proved their worth as a massive attraction worthy of their billing.

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Why Are Metallica Confused? Which Band's Goldfish Died? 16 Things We Learned At Reading And Leeds

It's all over for another year, Reading and Leeds Festival. If you were there, best of luck with the hangover, and wasn't it a good one? If you weren't, we hope you enjoyed watching it from home. You might know about Mumford & Sons' headline slot or The Libertines' show-closing chaos, but there was plenty going on behind-the-scenes. Here are the best things we noted this weekend:

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10 Buzziest New Bands At Reading And Leeds Festival 2015

Everyone remembers the moment Arctic Monkeys packed out the Carling Stage at Reading in 2005. As fans spilled from all sides of the tent, the Monkeys played a set that acted as a launchpad for an entire career. This year's Reading & Leeds line-up is stuffed with new bands, but who's best? From the unholy noise of New Jersey freaks Ho99o9 to The Big Moon's smiley indie-pop, we run down the 10 buzziest bands from across the weekend.

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Win At Reading & Leeds Like Limp Bizkit: The Rules Of Being A Regular Fixture

Year after year, decade after decade in some cases, there they are - the bands whose names seem permanently etched onto those iconic black-and-yellow bill posters: your New Found Glories, your Limp Bizkits, your All Time Lows, your Frank Turners, your Panic! At The Discos... and that’s just this year’s selection. They are the Reading & Leeds survivors (quite literally, in PATD’s case – see below) and while there will always be bigger, more celebrated acts higher up the bill, these bands are not only the festival’s niche, but its very soul. So, how does one join the storied ranks of Reading & Leeds survivors? Here’s our completely unscientific guide...

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Metallica At Reading Festival Wasn't The Easy Win You Thought It'd Be

Last year at Glastonbury, Metallica faced one of the toughest headline crowds that an established rock behemoth might possibly encounter. Not because Glastonbury goers are all about peace 'n' love and Metallica are all about riffs and grunting, but because Metallica are still, in many minds, a niche act, and Glastonbury is a mainstream festival. Added to this was the controversy over a documentary on bear hunting that James Hetfield provided a voice over for, and - as is becoming traditional - a resulting online petition to get them knocked off their perch.

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Did Their Riffs Break BBC4? Twitter Reviews Metallica's Reading Set

Metallica headlined the Main Stage at Reading 2015 on the Saturday night (August 29). Those in the field were treated to a pyro extravaganza, dozens of balloons tossed into the crowd and, of course, more than sound hours of bludgeoning riffs. While Metallica feel like a very 'Reading' band, it was the metal Gods' first return to Richfield Avenue for seven years. From those watching at home of the box (it was broadcast on BBC4) the reviews were largely positive. Here are some of Twitter's most entertaining #metallica tweets.

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