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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.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • Fucked Up hide from the rain inside their tour bus.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 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').

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • Chapel Club indulge in a bit of dodgem action.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 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.

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

  • The Vaccines' Freddie posing artistically before going on stage.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Added: 31 Aug 2011

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

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 27 Aug 2011

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

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Dan Kendall/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 26 Aug 2011

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

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Amy Brammall/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Hugo May/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Hugo May/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Tom Martin/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011

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

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 02 Sep 2011