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The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals were brought to a close on Sunday night, marking the end of the biggest weekend (August 24-26) in many music fans’ calendars.
Over in Reading The Gossip’s Beth Ditto upped the nudity ante by stripping down to her underwear and bending over to give the Main Stage crowd an eyeful during ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’, which became one of the festival’s anthems.
Saturday (August 25) began in Reading with a morning set of jaunty pop-rock from Pete And The Pirates, who then headed into the campsites to play a series of spontaneous gigs, before Foals stepped up a gear and played to a ram-packed Carling Tent.
Things got more political in Leeds on the Main Stage, with Gossip singer Beth Ditto slamming a fan for waving a Confederate flag. Meanwhile in Reading The Young Knives played four new songs in the NME/Radio 1 Tent.
Things got really hot, though, later on in the afternoon in Reading, when Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil set fire to his guitar at the end of his band’s rapturously-received set, before smashing the flaming axe over the stage.
It was a more explosive show than the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ headline slot on the Main Stage later in the evening, as the band dealt with booing and fans leaving due to sound problems and the decision by the band to perform a series of extended funk jams despite crowd cries for the hits.
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Gallows’ Reading Lock-Up Stage show later on in the Reading afternoon was almost as rammed, and the crowd were treated to the site of singer Frank Carter getting tattooed live on-stage before climbing 15 feet of rigging, before Smashng Pumpkins brought the event to a close.
Along the way NME convinced Hadouken! to take part in a Q&A with fans on Aleternative Stage in Leeds, while down in Reading We Are Scientists also faced their public, revealing they want Razorlight played at their funerals.
Make sure you get the new issue of NME, out tomorrow (August 29), for reviews, news, gossip and pictures from both events, including free posters of the site maps.
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