Reading and Leeds 2008 Photos: Friday

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Metallica brought flamethrowers, explosions and fireworks to their headline set on the Main Stage at Leeds Festival on Friday night. The band played a hit-packed set, which included 'â

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A cheeky-faced James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and The Last Shadow Puppets enjoys a beer with bandmate and The Rascals singer Miles Kane. The pair played to a crammed NME Stage crowd on Friday night in Leeds. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Lightspeed Champion onstage at Leeds on Friday. Finishing up with his usual 'Star Wars' medley, frontman Dev Hynes thanked the crowd then asked: "Did anyone come here when [old band] Test Icicles played here? I think there were just 20 people in the tent!" Photo: Tom Oxley

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Ryan Jarman in full flow as The Cribs headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Leeds on Friday night. The band closed the opening day of the Bramham Park leg following performances from The Last Shadow Puppets, Conor Oberst and Adam Green. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Fans enjoying Lightspeed Champion's set on Friday afternoon at Leeds. "There was a rumour we would replace Slipknot," frontman Dev Hynes joked with the NME/Radio 1 Stage crowd, referring to the masked rockers' sudden withdrawal from the festival. "We couldn't take that weight on our shoulders, so here we are."

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The Cribs onstage with Johnny Marr at Leeds on Friday night. Former Smiths guitarist Marr has been playing with the band since the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour earlier this year, and was introduced to the crowd before new song 'Victims Of Mass Production'. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Tom Oxley

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A huge crowd gathered to watch The Cribs headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Leeds on Friday. Despite the heavyweight metal competition of Metallica on the Main Stage, the band packed out the tent, and the likes of 'Men's Needs' and 'Our Bovine Public' were given a rapturous reception. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Alison Mosshart of The Kills onstage at Leeds on Friday night. Mosshart and bandmate Jamie Hince headlined the Festival Republic Stage after performances from Glasvegas and Wiley. Other acts to play the stage across the weekend include Black Kids, Emmy The Great and Cage The Elephant. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Lovefoxx of CSS in Leeds on Friday night. The band filled the Dance Arena stage with balloons for their headline set, while the Brazilian born frontwoman decorated herself with clown facepaint. Photo: Andy Whitton

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CSS frontwoman Lovefoxx onstage at Leeds on Friday night. The band headlined the Dance Arena after sets from the likes Simian Mobile Disco, Crystal Castles and Holy Fuck. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Pete Doherty doffs his cap to NME after his impressive set at Reading on Friday evening. The singer ran out into the crowd at one point, before clambering over a video cameraman to get back on stage. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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A female fan gets a better view of Babyshambles' headline slot in Reading on Friday night. Other artists to appear on the NME/Radio 1 Stage over the weekend include The Cribs, Last Shadow Puppets and Foals. Photo: James Quinton

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Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty onstage at Reading on Friday. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: James Quinton

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Pete Doherty leads Babyshambles through their headline slot at Reading on Friday night. Dressed in a sharp suit, Doherty played in front of a bumper crowd at the NME/Radio 1 Stage following performances from The Wombats, Vampire Weekend and MGMT. Photo: James Quinton

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The Wombats frontman Matthew Murphy onstage at Reading on Friday night. The band played the NME/Radio 1 Stage before a headline slot from Babyshambles. Photo: James Quinton

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The Wombats onstage in Reading on Friday night. The Liverpool trio stormed through their set in front of a packed out NME/Radio 1 Stage. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: James Quinton

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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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Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine plays Reading 2008. The legendary guitarist impressed the huge crowd with a series of stunning tricks, including using the plug of his power lead as a plectrum. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha onstage at Reading on Friday. The band used their headline slot to make a speech slamming George Bush and Tony Blair â

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Rage Against The Machine headlining the Reading Main Stage on Friday night. The huge audience was treated to the likes of 'Testify', 'Bullet In Your Head' and 'Wake Up'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Digitalism performing on the Lock Up Stage in Leeds on Friday. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Andrew Whitton

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James Hetfield of Metallica go head to head with bassist Robert Trujillo on the Leeds Main Stage on Friday night. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: Danny North

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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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James Hetfield of Metallica performing at Leeds on Friday. The US rockers drew the biggest crowd of the day as they played a mammoth set to close the first day. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. 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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Does It Offend You, Yeah? discover the sweets box backstage at the NME Signing Tent at Reading. Were you there? See every single photo at NME.COM/Festivals/SigningTent next week. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter.

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Blood Red Shoes relax in their tour bus at Reading with a video camera, lamp, playing cards, crisps and delightful yellow ashtray. As you do. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter.

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MGMT onstage at Reading. The band played to a packed out NME/Radio 1 Stage on Friday before The Wombats and Babyshambles wrapped things up. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Fans squeeze to get a glimpse of MGMT on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Friday. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Blood Red Shoes relax in their tour bus at Reading with a video camera, lamp, playing cards, crisps and delightful yellow ashtray. As you do. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter.

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Friendly Fires are joined onstage for their Friday afternoon set at Reading. Representatives for the band had handed out confetti tubes before the show to crowd members. Fans released the confetti throughout the show, adding to the high-octane atmosphere. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane meets his adoring public in Reading on Friday. The band were joined onstage by two exotic dancers clad in sparkly bikinis and enormous feather capes following their last song, 'Jump In The Pool', creating a euphoric party feel. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Simon Neil of Biffy Clyro playing the Main Stage in Reading on Friday. The band arrived on stage in sunny conditions wearing tight blue trousers but stripped to the waist, much to the delight of the large crowd that had assembled to watch them. Photo: Guy Eppel

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A stripped-off Biffy Clyro performing on the Reading Main Stage on Friday. The Scottish band played a series of crowd favourites including 'Saturday Superhouse' and 'Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Fans at Leeds get serious in preparation for Metallica's headline show on Friday. They will headline the Main Stage following performances from Dropkick Murphys, Avenged Sevenfold, Feeder and Jack Black's Tenacious D. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Fans at Leeds take a breather in preparation for headliners Metallica and The Cribs on Friday night. Photo: Andy Whitton

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A triumphant Leeds punter defeats the mud monster early on Friday afternoon. The first night at Bramham Park will see Metallica headline after Tenacious D's set on the Main Stage. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Hadouken frontman James Smith onstage during his band's performance in Leeds on Friday afternoon. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Hadouken fans show their appreciation as the band stormed the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Friday in Leeds. The five-piece, who were formed locally, covered 'Breathe' by The Prodigy and also got the crowd to chant "Yorkshire, Yorkshire" at the end of their set. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Brief showers on Friday afternoon can't dampen the spirit of punters at Bramham Park in Leeds. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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The Metros performing on the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Leeds on Friday morning. The London band opened the stage which will be headlined by The Cribs, Babyshambles and The Manic Street Preachers over the weekend. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Knob-twiddling antics during Yeasayer's set in Leeds on Friday. They were followed on the NME/Radio 1 Stage by Adam Green, Lightspeed Champion and Hadouken. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Florence and The Machine perform to a packed out Festvial Republic stage in Reading on Friday. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals now.

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Yeasayer performing on the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Leeds on Friday. The stage is set to be headlined by The Cribs who will play after The Last Shadow Puppets. Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Leeds band Pulled Apart By Horses rocking out at the Bramham Park site on Friday afternoon. Other bands to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage include Dinosaur Pile Up, Fangs and The Last People On Earth. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Pulled Apart By Horses perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading on Friday afternoon. Plus make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Dizzee Rascal goes topless after a female fan had lifted her shirt during the star's set on Friday at Reading. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals now. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Fans crowdsurf during Dizzee Rascal's Friday afternoon set at Reading. The loudest cheers were reserved for 'Fix Up Look Sharp', 'I Luv U' and 'Sirens'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Dizzee Rascal onstage at Reading on Friday afternoon. The star's set drew large cheers when, near the end of the show, an on-camera female fan lifted her shirt to flash the masses, while Dizzee responded by shedding his own shirt immediately afterwards. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Mindless Self Indulgence opened the Main Stage in controversial fashion at the Leeds site on Friday. Frontman Jimmy Urine insulted Oasis, Blur and Coldplay during the New York band's set. Photo: Danny North

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Local boys Eureka Machines performing at the Bramham Site in Leeds. Make sure you get next week's issue of NME - on newsstands nationwide from Wednesday August 27 - for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review. Photo: Danny North

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Fans getting into the spirit of things at the Reading site. Rage Against The Machine are set to headline the first day of the Reading Festival tonight (August 22) with a set on the Main Stage after Queens Of The Stone Age and The Fratellis. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Fans queue to enter the Reading site on Friday morning. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to the Reading And Leeds Festivals index now. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The NME signing tent proves popular once more this year. MGMT, The Wombats and Dizzee Rascal were all signing posters, cards and various body parts of fans in Reading on Friday. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The Reading crowd go wild as Anti-Flag kick off proceedings on the Main Stage. NME.COM will be bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Anti-Flag open the Main Stage at the Reading leg of the weekend's festival. Midway through the US band's performance, eight female backing singers â

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Future of The Left open the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Friday morning. Babyshambles will headline the stage after sets from the likes of The Wombats, Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Pete And The Pirates. Photo: James Quinton

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Punters enjoy the sun on Friday morning at the Reading site. NME.COM is bringing you live coverage straight from both sites of the Reading And Leeds Festivals 2008. For the latest news, blogs, pictures and video interviews head to NME.COM/Festivals. Photo: James Quinton

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