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Reading And Leeds Festival 2009 In Pictures

  • Maximo Park teamed up with a brass band for their Friday night Leeds set (Aug 28th). The band have just cancelled their entire Northern American tour due to illness. Pic: Danny North

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  • The View play a mid-afternoon set on the Main Stage at Leeds on Saturday (Aug 29th). Today saw both sites bask in sunshine after a wet Friday. Pic: Danny North

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  • White Lies play the Leeds leg of Reading And Leeds festival 2009. The band also DJed at a special Club NME night in Reading on Thursday night (Aug 27th) for thousands of festival punters. Pic: Danny North

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  • "Leeds, I love you" Glasvegas' James Allen declared when they played the NME / Radio 1 stage on Friday night, before closing on 'Daddy's Gone'. Pic: Danny North

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  • Radiohead played a stunning set in Leeds on Saturday (Aug 29th), showcasing a mixture of new tracks and fan favourites including 'Paranoid Android' and 'Just'. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • "Radiohead can kiss my arse" Lostprophets' Ian Watkins told the crowd before launching into 'A Town Called Hypocrisy'. The Welsh metallers were headlining the NME / Radio 1 stage at the same time. Pic: Dan Dennison

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  • Some of the fans who strangely chose Lostprophets over Radiohead in Leeds on Saturday night. Pic: Dan Dennison

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  • Maximo Park brought a brass band to their Reading show. Watch them walk onstage here. Pic: Ian Dewsbury

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  • La Roux headlined the Festival Republic stage at the same time as Radiohead in Leeds. She treated the crowds to 'In For The Kill', 'Bulletproof' and new single 'As If By Magic'. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Gallows backstage in Leeds. The band gave a sarcastic shout-out to Manchester United's supporters during their set on the NME / Radio 1 tent Pic: Danny North

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  • Gallows played a typically raucous set in the NME / Radio 1 tent this weekend. For a video interview with the band, check out our news story.  Pic: Danny North

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  • The Gaslight Anthem play the NME / Radio 1 stage on Saturday in Leeds. Pic: Danny North

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  • Marina & The Diamonds covered Late Of The Pier during her Reading set, treating the crowd to a stripped-down version of 'Space And The Woods'. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Gossip played a typically understated show in Reading this weekend, before storming the NME portacabin and demanding we explain our planned mag coverage. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Arctic Monkeys' headline set received mixed reaction from the crowds and critics. Read the full report here. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • The Big Pink play a short, sharp set at Reading festival to showcase their debut album 'A Brief History Of Love' Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • AFI play Leeds' NME / Radio 1 stage. The band bigged up Gallows during a set that included hits from 1991 onwards. Pic: Dan Dennison

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  • Lightspeed Champion hits the Festival Republic stage in Leeds. For full coverage of the weekend, grab next week's NME magazine on Wednesday. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Little Boots brings her electro-pop goodness to Leeds on Sunday (Aug 30th). She played a packed-out NME / Radio 1 tent. Pic: Danny North

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  • Little Boots and her Tenor-Ion in Leeds. For video footage of her performance head over to the festival blog. Pic: Danny North

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  • The Chapman Family at Reading. For a free MP3 from the band, head over to the Daily Download blog. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Stewards at Reading amongst some rubbish. This year festival goers get 10p for every cup they bring back, so the site is looking a lot cleaner than usual. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Reading is much more of a family affair this year, but that hasn't stopped the usual entourage of lunatics storming the site. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Batman and The Joker make up at Reading festival 2009. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Reading's normally lawless campsite has been more sedate this year, although we still have Sunday night - the traditional evening for chaos - to get through. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Deadmau5 headlines the dance stage in Leeds on Saturday night (Aug 29th). Head over to NME.COM/festivals for news, pictures, blogs and video from the sites as it happens. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Deadmau5 at Leeds festival 2009. He headlined the dance stage above Vitalic and MSTRKRFT. Pic: Andy Whitton

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  • Passion Pit packed the tent to capacity at Reading today (Aug 30th). Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Alice Glass of Crystal Castles at Reading, shortly before being rescued by security after diving into the crowd. Crowd surfing during 'Air War', the singer struggled to get back on stage as the audience thronged around her. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Later on during Crystal Castles' Reading set, frontwoman Alice Glass again went into the crowd to meet her fans. Similar scenes took place the day before at the Leeds leg of the festival. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Deftones play the main stage at Leeds. The California rockers played in between Funeral For A Friend and Fall Out Boy. Pic: Danny North

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  • Fall Out Boy treated the Leeds crowd to a cover of Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing' during their set on the main stage. Pete Wentz from the band introduced the track as "our national anthem". Pic: Danny North

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  • Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs during the band's set at Reading. The trio played before Bloc Party. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • During their Reading set Bloc Party hinted they were to take a lengthy hiatus, as Kele Okereke told the crowd: "We won't be back here next year... or for the next few years after that." Drummer Matt Tong then joked that he had seen Thom Yorke of Radiohead doing chin-ups backstage. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Crowds gather at Reading's main stage. This year there were 78,500 ticket holders at the Southern leg of the festival - this will increase next year to 82,000 and in 2010 will be 85,000. Pic: PA Photos

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  • As Kings Of Leon played Leeds frontman Caleb Followill annouced to the crowd that it was to be their last English gig "for a long, long time." He also told the Leeds crowd that they were much more receptive than their Reading counterparts, saying "We're only five songs in and you've blown Reading to hell." Pic: Danny North

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  • Lostprophets headline the NME/Radio 1 stage on the last night of the Reading Festival (August 30th). The rockers were up against Radiohead, who were playing on main stage. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • Radiohead opened their headline show at Reading with 'Creep' after Thom Yorke greeted the crowd with a simple "Wassup!". The Oxford band played the final night of the festival, with 'Karma Police', 'Just' and 'Paranoid Android' included in the set. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • St Albans trio Friendly Fires play the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Leeds. The band treated the audience to 'Jump In The Pool', 'Paris' and forthcoming single 'Kiss of Life'.
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  • Placebo thanked the Leeds crowd for braving the "shitty elements" as rain lashed the crowd during their performance. The band played a career-spanning set, which included early fan favourites 'Special K' and 'Every You Every Me'. Pic: Danny North

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  • Kaiser Chiefs laid into the Reading crowd during their Leeds set, with frontman Ricky Wilson saying "You're making Reading look like playschool," before playing 'Ruby'. He then went on to accuse Reading of being "miserable bastards" after a raucous 'I Predict A Riot'. Pic: Danny North

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  • Kaiser Chiefs took time out from their 'homecoming' show at Leeds Festival to reassure fans that recent rumours they are to split are not true.
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  • Brody Dalle of Spinnerette gets cosy with a fan in the NME signing tent in Leeds. Brody is married to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, who was performing at the festival with his supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. Pic: Ben Cannon

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  • The Rakes striking a pose at the Leeds site. The band's third album 'Klang' was released in the UK back in March, but will finally be released digitally in the USA in October. Pic: Ben Cannon

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  • Beth Ditto from Gossip with some rather chuffed fans in the NME signing tent in Leeds. During her band's Leeds show, Ditto treated the crowd to an acapella rendition of Kings of Leon's 'Sex On Fire'. Pic: Ben Cannon

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  • Marmaduke Duke livened up Reading by performing in leather gimp masks and medieval fancy dress. The duo - made up of Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil and Sucioperro's JP Reid - said little to the crowd, but were joined onstage by their Bez-like mascot The Duke. Pic: Tom Martin

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  • The Joy Formidable in Leeds. During a chat with NME before the band went onstage, frontwoman Ritzy Bryan revealed that she was looking forward to checking out Passion Pit, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Radiohead. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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  • Little Boots proves she's as handy with a pen as she is with a pop tune over in the NME Signing Tent at Reading. During her gig at the Leeds site Ms Boots sang 'Happy Birthday' to her brother Henry. Pic: Hugo May

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  • The Virgins hanging out in the NME signing tent at Reading. The band revealed that the weekend's shows are going to be some of their last for a while. Pic: Hugo May

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  • As always the Leeds punters were in high spirits - the wags. Pic: Emilie Bailey

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