It’s an eventful start to the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie was hit by a bottle seconds into his band’s set on the Main Stage at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival this afternoon (August 25).

Playing opening song ’The Only Difference Between Suicide And Martyrdom Is Press Coverage’, the singer was struck in the face by a missle thrown from the crowd.

Urie immediately collapsed to the floor, forcing his group to stop the song.

The singer was then surrounded by his bandmates and roadies for several minutes before he managed to get back to his feet.

“You can’t take me out,” Urie shouted to the crowd, before adding “Lets see how well you guys do with my left side.”

Panic! At The Disco then continued their set, picking up the opener at the exact point where they had suddenly stopped.

The rest of the group’s set passed more sedately including the likes of ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’, ‘Camisado’ and Radiohead cover ’Karma Police’.

Earlier, Towers Of London had kicked off this year’s festival in spectacular fashion.

Playing the main stage, the group included a cover of of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 70s classic ‘Freebird’ – releasing two cages of homing pigeons into the crowd.

Meanwhile on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, The Long Blondes played an energetic set.

The winners of the Phillip Hall Radar award played songs from their much anticipated as yet untitled debut, including forthcoming single ’Once And Never Again’.

After tripping slightly, singer Kate Jackson said: “Don’t wear high heels on stage, I just fell down a crack!”. They then played new track ’In The Company Of Women’.

Biggest cheers of their set came when the group launched into cult classic ’Giddy Stratospheres’.

Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage from both sites of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals including news, pictures and blogs, and check out next week’s issue of NME – out August 30 – for the ultimate festival review.