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The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers headlining the Reading Main Stage on Saturday August 23. The band gave new song 'Spaceman' its first UK airing as well as playing hits including 'Bones', 'Smile Like You Mean It' and 'Tranquilize'. What were your summer festival highlights? Let us know at NME.COM/BLOG Photo: PA Photos

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Josh Homme rocks out during Queens Of The Stone Age's slot on the Main Stage in Leeds on Saturday. The band played an epic set of hits including 'No One Knows', 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' and 'Little Sister'. Photo: Danny North

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Rage Against The Machine appeared onstage at 10pm at Reading Festival 2008, clad in orange boiler suits and black hoods, in reference to the prisoners being held by the U.S in Guantanamo Bay. Photo: Andy Willsher

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A bumper crowd gather to watch Metallica headline the Main Stage at Leeds Festival. The biggest cheers were reserved for mega hits 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'Enter Sandman'. Photo: Danny North Photo: Danny North

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Ian Watkins, singer with Lostprophets, shows the crowd some attitude with a two finger salute onstage at V Festival in Chelmsford. The band performed a new song, 'Streets Of Nowhere', from their long-awaited new album which will be released next year. "We've taken far too long over it, so sorry," exclaimed Watkins to a raucous crowd. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Amy Winehouse looks radiant onstage during her V Festival show at Chelmsford, Sunday August 17. The jazz vocalist arrived on stage ten minutes late - improving on her 20 minute delay of yesterday at the Staffordshire leg of the bash, which was blamed on her helicopter being delayed. Photo: PA Photos

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A punter reveals a muddied thigh to lucky NME photographer Tom Oxley at the Staffordshire leg of V Festival 2008. The northern site of V2008 has been plagued by rain for much of the weekend, resulting in a muddy quagmire.

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Lenny Kravitz onstage at V Festival Chelmsford in black leather jacket, shades and sporting a black Flying V guitar, Sunday August 17. The legendary rocker delighted festival goers with renditions of some of his most classic tracks, including 'Fly Away' and 'American Woman.' Photo: PA Photos

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Hordes of festival goers turned out to witness Kings Of Leon headline the mainstage at V Festival in Staffordshire on Saturday (August 16). The Tennessee rockers battled the elements to perform a storming set which included the songs â

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The Verve's Richard Ashcroft opens his arms in an embrace to V Festival goers during the band's awe-inspiring headline slot at V Festival Staffordshire. The indie legends last performed at the festival in 1998, shortly before splitting up. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Maximo Park on the main stage, V Festival, Chelmsford, Saturday August 16. Frontman Paul Smith made reference to US comedy series 'Curb Your Enthusiasm', asking the crowd to make a 'V' shape with their hands - a gesture which, in one memorable edition of the show, signals 'huge vagina'. Photo: PA Photos

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Kings Of Leon's Caleb Followill onstage at V Festival Chelmsford. The US rockers will be touring the UK again this December in support of their forthcoming new album 'Only By The Night'. Photo: PA Photos

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A child carries a psychedelic sea monster - just one of the many bizarre sights that greeted music-lovers at Bestival, Isle Of Wight, September 5-7. Photo: Danny North

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Aussie dance-rock crossover stars Pendulum get the party started on the first day of Bestival, Friday September 5. Photo: Danny North

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Underworld at Bestival 2008, Sunday September 7. Mainman Karl Hyde spent much of the weekend wandering around the festival site looking at the various outlandish costumes. He said: "It was quite funny watching the Fairy Town Band, all those people in lovely uniforms and their tights. It was marvelous. Beautifully incongruous." Photo: Danny North

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The Human League entertain crowds at Bestival 2008. This year was heavily slanted towards veteran acts, with Grace Jones, The Specials, George Clinton, Gary Numan and My Bloody Valentine all performing. Photo: Danny North

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CSS' Lovefoxxx onstage in the Big Top at Bestival 2008, Friday September 5. The Brazilian band performed on a stage decked out with coloured balloons, closing with 'Alala', from their international debut album 'Cansei de Ser Sexy'. Photo: Danny North

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Foals defy the atrocious weather at Bestival 2008. The Isle Of Wight bash signalled the end of the festival season, which began with Download in June. A total of 450 festivals were scheduled to take place in the UK this year, 38 of which were cancelled. Photo: Danny North

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George Clinton on the main stage at Bestival, Sunday September 7. Clinton will release his next solo album 'George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love' on September 16. It will feature guest appearances from Sly Stone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, RZA and Carlos Santana.

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Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor dressed as a medieval knight at Bestival 2008. Many of the band's songs, including â

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Grace Jones made a surprise appearance on Bestival's main stage, Saturday September 6. The 60-year-old disco diva's set was witnessed by comedian Alan Carr, who later remarked: "When Grace Jones came on and played 'Nightclubbing' I thought I was gonna come!" Photo: Danny North

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Duffy, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Saturday June 28. Spotting several Welsh flags in the crowd, the Welsh-born singer asked the bearers: "Are you behaving yourself? Beware, the Welsh are mischievous people!" Pic:PA Photos

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Goldfrapp, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Sunday June 29. Their set proved to be a sexually-charged spectacle, involving gyrating pole dancers and flamboyant costumes.

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Leonard Cohen, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, Sunday June 29. The singer-songwriter delighted the crowd by changing the lyric to 'Hallelujah' from "I told the truth, I didn't come here to fool ya" to "I told the truth, I didn't come to Glastonbury to fool ya". Photo: PA Photos

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A festival-goer sits on a man's shoulders whilst watching James Blunt perform on the Pyramid stage during day two of the Glastonbury Festival, Somerset. Photo: PA Photos

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Mark Ronson looking rather happy with himself as his Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance draws a mammoth crowd on the final day of the three-day bash in June 2008. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Jay-Z, Pyramid Stage, Saturday June 28. The rap superstar opened his set by taking a pop at Noel Gallagher, who had questioned the validity of a hip-hop act playing Glastonbury. Photo: PA Photos

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Pete Doherty headlines the Park Stage, Friday night. The star drew a huge crowd at the Park Stage area, and was watched from the side of the stage by members of Franz Ferdinand, who had played on the stage earlier, plus his Babyshambles bandmate Drew McConnell, who was sporting a new mohawk haircut. Photo: James Quinton

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Amy Winehouse, Pyramid Stage, Friday June 28. Her set was not quite the triumphant return to form fans had hoped for, with many punters remarking on the 'Rehab' star's wobbly voice and slurred diction.

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Foals' Jimmy Smith meets his public on The Other Stage, Glastonbury, Friday June 27. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Martha Wainwright, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury, 12.30pm. The confessional singer-songwriter (and sister of Rufus) aired tracks from her second album 'I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too', released in May 2008. Photo: PA Photos

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The Verve close the Pyramid Stage, Sunday June 29. Topping the bill on the last night of the three day festival, the reunited band served up a mix of anthems and previewed their new album 'Forth', due out in August. Photo: PA Photos

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Ian Brown headlined King Tut's Wah Wah Tent, closing the second day of T In The Park 2008. The Stone Roses legend got a hero's reception from fans and played a triumphant set of solo tracks, closing with Rosesâ

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Michael Stipe of alt-rock pioneers R.E.M. The band headlined the final day of T In The Park Festival 2008 with a a set of crowd-thrillers including 'Losing My Religion', 'What's The Frequency, Kennth?' plus tracks from their fourteenth album, â

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Fans packed out the Futures Stage tent for Glasvegasâ

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Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro. The band, all wearing bare-chests and red-trousered combos, attracted one of the largest crowds of the day at the Scottish Festival. New single â

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The view from T In The Park Festival's Ferris Wheel during Main Stage headliners The Verve. The Wigan legends go on to play various festivals this summer, including Spain's Summercase, Japan's Summersonic and V Festival.

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The sun sets over an ecstatic crowd during Lostprophets' headlining appearance at Download Festival 2008. Photo: Phil Wallis

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Ville Valo, pictured, from Finnish festival veterans HIM. The fan-favourites return to Donington Park for the fourth time, closing the second day of Download as headliners of the Tuborg Stage. As of this year the metallers are the only Finnish band ever to have had a gold record in the States and their hotly anticipated Download set included covers of Chris Isaak and Billy Idol. Photo: Phil Wallis

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Charlotte Cooper of The Subways sports Kiss themed make-up during their first ever Download performance. The band took part in the challenge, alongside hundreds of fans, to break the world record for the highest number of people in Kiss face-masks in one place at the same time. Photo: Phil Wallis

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Kiss headlined the opening night of Download 2008. The band were lowered on to the stage via a platform graced by a spectacular pyrotechnic display and sporting their trademark face paints and outfits. They performed a hit-laden set that included 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Love Gun'. Photo: Danny North

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Motorhead's Lemmy stirs up the crowd with renditions of 'Killers' and 'Bomber'. The band were even joined on stage for the classic 'Ace Of Spades' by former guitarist Wurzel. Photo: Danny North

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Julian Cope at Latitude 2008. The veteran singer-songwriter is a keen antiquarian, and has lectured on the subject of prehistoric settlements at the British Museum. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Sigur Ros headline Latitude's Obelisk Arena, Saturday July 20. The Icelandic band closed with a powerful version of 'Popplagio' from their secong album '( )', accompanied by dazzling white light and confetti cannons.

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Elbow's Guy Garvey at Latitude 2008, Saturday July 19. Taking the stage just before headliners Sigur Ros, the band opened with 'Starlings' - ushered in by massed trumpet playing - and closed with another track from recent album 'The Seldom Seem Kid', 'One Day Like This'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The Breeders, Obelisk Arena, Latitude, Sunday July 20. The US indie legends mixed old and new material with their regular cover of The Beatlesâ

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Nick Cave, who teased a member of the Latitude crowd: "You're all beautiful people. Especially you. Are you a man or a woman? It's so fucking hard to tell these days. You, with the rabbit ears. You'll make someone a lovely husband one day. Especially at Easter." Photo: Andy Willsher

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Joanna Newsom performs on the Obelisk Arena at Latitude, Sunday July 20. The Californian harpist unveiled a number of new songs, before forgetting the lyrics to 'Sawdust And Diamonds'. â

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Blondie, The Uncut Arena, Latitude, Sunday July 20, 2008. With a vast crowd spilling out of the tent, the veteran disco-rockers played: 'Hanging On The Telephone', 'One Way Or Another', 'Picture This', 'Heart Of Glass', 'Necessary Evil', 'Maria', 'Rapture', 'Call Me', 'Atomic' and 'The Tide Is High'. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Interpol at Latitude 2008. Headlining in the main Obelisk Arena, the New Yorkers performed a selection of tracks from their three albums to date, including 'Mammoth', 'Evil' and 'Obstacle 1'. Head to our sister site UNCUT.CO.UK for the definitive Latitude 2008 review. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Seasick Steve, Obelisk Arena, Latitude, Saturday July 19, 2008. The bluesman decicated one song to a departed friend: "I had a dog. He died about a year ago. His name was Boss. This is for my dog. I miss my dog." Photo: Andy Willsher

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Speaking to NME.COM afterwards, Hot Chip mainman Alexis Taylor descibed his band's show at Benicassim as one of the best of the summer. Photo: Danny North

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Morrissey's Benicassim Festival set started just before midnight on Sunday (July 20) - but it was clearly still too hot for his band. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Spiritualized performing tonight (July 18) on the Benicassim Festival's Vodafone Fib Club stage. The set ended with an incendiary version of frontman Jason Pierce's old band Spacemen 3's 'Take Me To The Other Side'. Afterwards Pierce demolished his amps... Photo: Danny North Photo: Danny North

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During their Benicassim Festival set on the second day of the bash (July 18), New York Dolls survivor Sylvain Sylvain exclaimed, "Happy birthday Johnny!" in tribute to the band's late guitarist Johnny Thunders. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Gnarls Barkley covered Radiohead's 'Reckoner' during their Main Stage set at Benicassim Festival on the third day of the Spanish bash. Photo: Tom Oxley

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As well as the likes of his huge Number One single 'Grace Kelly', Mika's set at Benicassim 2008 also included a cover of the Depeche Mode classic 'Just Can't Get Enough'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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An onstage grapple between US punk eccentrics Black Lips during their Main Stage performance at Benicassim Festival 2008... Photo: Danny North

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The massive crowd at Hot Chip's Benicassim Festival show tonight (July 18) witnessed the band's regular cover of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U', made famous by Sinead O'Connor's huge-selling cover version in 1990. Photo: Danny North

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Black Lips performed tracks from their extensive back-catalogue, including tunes from most recent release â

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Sigur Ros, Benicassim International Festival 2008. Photo: Danny North

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Siouxsie Sioux played after Morrissey on Benicassim Festival's Main Stage on Sunday (July 20) - though the pair chose not to recreate their duet on 1994 single 'Interlude'. Photo: Danny North

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Tenacious D's Jack Black onstage at Leeds on Friday night. The biggest cheer of the band's set, which included an appearance by a cyborg, was reserved for 2001 smash hit 'Tribute'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Amy Winehouse onstage at Bestival last weekend (September 6). The troubled singer was booed after arriving on stage 40 minutes late, marking an ignominious end to the singer's final performance of 2008. Photo: Danny North

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A fan's overly literal tribute to Shakin' Stevens' 1981 hit 'Green Door' at Glastonbury 2008. The veteran performer appeared on the Pyramid Stage at 11am, Saturday June 28, kicking off the second day of festivities at Worthy Farm. Photo: PA Photos

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Kate Nash charms T In The Park punters from the Main Stage. The singer/songwriter received a euphoric reaction from the crowd for signature hit-tune, â

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The Pigeon Detectives, The Other Stage, Sunday June 29. Frontman Matt Bowman led the crowd in a 'rain dance', joking that the wellies he'd brought to the festival had gone to waste. Photo: PA Photos

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Kings Of Leon's Caleb and Matthew Followill on the Main Stage at T In The Park Festival 2008.'Only By The Night' - the band's fourth studio album - is due out in September. Keep checking back here throughout the rest of the weekend for more pictures, news, interviews and blogs. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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