Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Photo: Danny North/NME

Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

When a band goes to a festival, they don't just go to play some hits to a crowd of costumed drunkards in a field. They also go to have fun. So we decided to catch up with a few of the acts around the site and join them in the fun - here's a we photo snapped of The Vaccines. Check out some more backstage action in this R+L AAA gallery.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Frankie And The Heartstrings prove that there's no age limit to enjoying a kitten balloon.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Fucked Up hide from the rain inside their tour bus.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Julian Casablancas and Jarvis Cocker team up for the cover of this year's Reading and Leeds issue of NME (in addition to teaming up on stage for a cover of The Cars' 'Just What I Needed').

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Chapel Club indulge in a bit of dodgem action.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Cerebral Ballzy are looking a bit, erm, possessed backstage.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Are Friendly Fires plotting their next big on-stage dance move?

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The Joy Formidable congratulate themselves on an ace performance with a big group hug.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Unfortunately, Jane's Addiction had to bail on their big show. Dave Navarro still found some time to jam in his dressing room, though. Click here to watch our video interview with him.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Apparently Odd Future didn't get the memo that bikes don't work so well around a muddy festival field.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The View's Kyle Falconer's diva antics are revealed with him being wheeled around the entire festival.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The Vaccines' Freddie posing artistically before going on stage.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Bombay Bicycle Club were the winners of the annual musical statues competition.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Frankie and the Heartstrings reminding himself not to forget to rock out later.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The Tribes live up to the rumour only two of them actually own teeth.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

White Lies braving the cold and going out alone after dark.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Yuck showing a mixture of emotions and an array of demin.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Cerebral Ballzy needing some privacy backstage. And maybe some help?

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Black Listers getting into the spirit of things with a pre-show beer shower.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Mona hit hard by the recession do some moonlighting as an Ice Cream Van man at the festival.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Horrors and Vaccines flirt with forming a super group where black hair and clothing are not optional.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The Vaccines just leaving the toilets after going for a group bowel movement.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Chapel Club's pre-show meeting in session. Might need someone to relight your fire though, guys.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Two Door Cinema Club promote their new range of eyewear for every festival occasion.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Frankie and the Heartstrings having some sort of twitching reaction to the festivals falafel.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Joy Formidable explaining the theory of evolution beginning with crazy drummer and ending with cool as a cucumber singer.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Midnight Beasts proving they're just another boyband what with their colour co-ordinating clothing and choreographed poses.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

Pulled Apart By Horses drummer Lee Vincent obviously didn't get the memo about wearing a white t-shirt.

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Behind the scenes at Reading and Leeds 2011

The rest of Fucked Up threatning to bundle singer Pink Eyes if he re-creates his naked stage antics again this year.

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