Reading and Leeds 2008 Photos: Saturday

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Santogold playing the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Saturday. The singer was backed by a five-piece backing band who wore grey shirts and pink bow ties. 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: Guy Eppel

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Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty adjusts his tie during the band's headline set at the Leeds Festival on Saturday night. Singles 'Killamangiro' and 'Fuck Forever' sparked riotous scenes amongst fans, while Doherty dedicated 'Unstookietitled' to black civil rights activist Marcus Garvey. Photo: PA Photos

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A huge crowd at Reading gather to watch Bloc Party on Saturday night. The band played 'Mercury' and 'One Month Off', both of which feature on new album 'Intimacy'. 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 Willsher

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Bloc Party performing on Reading's Main Stage on Saturday night. Frontman Kele Okereke started the show with a short speech saying it had been a few weeks of "new members, new babies and a new record" - referring to bassist Gordon Moakes, who is on extended paternity leave and his stand-in Daniel Lindegren. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Kele Okereke of Bloc Party at Reading on Saturday. The band were playing the Main Stage just days after releasing third album 'Intimacy'. 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: Andy Willsher

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Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield onstage during The Manic Street Preachers' headline show at Reading. The Welsh band played the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday night and dedicated 'La Tristetta Durera (Scream To A Sigh)' to his former band-mate, guitarist Richie Edwards, who disappeared in 1995. Photo: Andy Willsher

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Bullet For My Valentine's spectacular stage show during their Reading Festival set. The Welsh rockers played to a packed NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday night after sets from Justice, Foals and The Ting Tings. 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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Bullet For My Valentine's Matt Tuck onstage at Reading on Saturday. The band played the NME/Radio 1 Stage before headliners Manic Street Preachers closed off the second day of the bash. Photo: James Quinton

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Joe Lean backstage at the Reading Festival on Saturday afternoon. His band performed on the NME/Radio 1 Stage along with Seasick Steve, Mystery Jets and Santogold. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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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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The Killers headlining the Reading Festival Main Stage on Saturday 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: Tim Cochrane

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The Killers headlining the Reading Festival on Saturday night. The Las Vegas band wrapped up their show by inspiring a loud crowd sing-a-long with 'Mr Brightside', before returning for an encore that included 'Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine', 'This River Is Wild' and 'All These Things That I've Done'. Photo: PA Photos

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Gallows frontman Frank Carter onstage on the Lock Up Stage at the Reading Festival on Saturday. The band previewed three new songs from their forthcoming album, which Carter told the crowd would be out in February 2009. Photo: Guy Eppel

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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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Zack de la Rocha makes a point during Rage Against The Machine's set at the Leeds Festival on Saturday night. 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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Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha salutes the huge Leeds crowd during the band's headline set on Saturday 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: Tom Oxley

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Foals onstage at Reading's NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday night. The Oxford band ended their set with 'Electric Bloom', during which frontman Yannis Phillipakis scaled an amp stack as yet more crowd-surfers cascaded forwards as the most chaotic performance of Reading Festival 2008 ended. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Foals frontman Yannis Phillipakis, far right, emerges from the crowd during the band's NME/Radio 1 Stage set in Reading on Saturday. His stagedive caused chaos as security guards struggled to ward off crowd members, with at least 50 fans breaching the barriers in the space of a few minutes. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Jack White, wearing dark shades, embarks on a famous guitar solo during The Raconteurs' gig at Reading on Saturday evening. 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 works the crowd during his Saturday afternoon set on the Leeds Main Stage. The star played a crowd friendly set which ended with recent number one 'Dance Wiv me'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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DJ Semtex performs onstage with Dizzee rascal on Saturday 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: Tom Oxley

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Dirty Pretty Things performing on Reading's Main Stage on Saturday. Guitarist Anthony Rossomando, right, ended the band's set by diving headfirst into the crowd, much to the security's annoyance. Eventually, after making it back to the stage, he collapsed to his knees. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Cardiff band Los Campesinos! performing on Reading's Festival Republic Stage on Saturday. 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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Fans prepare for Dirty Pretty Things' show on the Reading Main Stage on Saturday. The biggest crowd response, however, was reserved for the band's 2006 debut single, 'Bang Bang You're Dead'. Photo: Guy Eppel

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Esser performing at the Bramham Park site in Leeds on Saturday. The Festival Republic Stage will be headlined by Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip on Saturday night night following sets from Late Of The Pier and Does It Offend You, Yeah? Photo: Jo McCaughey

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Esser bangs the drum during his set on the Festival Republic Stage in Leeds on Saturday afternoon. 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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Serj Tankian bows down on the Leeds Main Stage on Saturday 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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Serj Tankian eyes up the Leeds crowd on Saturday afternoon. The Armenian-American singer played a set comprising mainly of tracks from 2007's 'Elect the Dead' album. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Fans gather to watch Serj Tankian on the Leeds Main Stage. The political rocker covered Abba's 'Money, Money, Money' as part of his set in front of a huge crowd. Photo: Andy Whitton

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The many faces of the Reading And Leeds Festival. Punters give the thumbs up at Bramham Park in Leeds on Saturday afternoon which has so far seen sets from Metallica, Biffy Clyro and The Cribs amonst others. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Crowds relax at the Leeds site on Saturday 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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A punter at Leeds gets over excited at the prospect of the ferris wheel. Saturday night will see Rage Against The Machine headline the Main Stage, while The Killers will headline Reading. Photo: Andy Whitton

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Fans at Bramham Park in Leeds take advantage of the sunny weather on Saturday afternoon. 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: Andy Whitton

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These New Puritons previewed new songs 'Orchids' and 'Firepower during their appearance on the Festival Republic stage at Leeds on Saturday. The band's set was built around tracks from the bands' debut album 'Beat Pyramid' - including 'Colours' and 'Swords Of Truth'. Photo: Andy Whitton

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The Automatic, with new member Paul Mullen, performing onstage at Reading on Saturday. Despite previewing their new album, the biggest singalong of the day occurred when The Automatic played 2006 hit 'Monster', which the four-piece dropped halfway through their set. Photo: Guy Eppel

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An enthusiastic crowd show their appreciation for Bombay Bicycle Club on Saturday afternoon in Reading. The band opened the NME/Radio 1 Stage which will be headlined by Manic Street Preachers on Saturday and The Cribs on Sunday. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Bombay Bicycle Club onstage in Reading on Saturday. The band opened the NME/Radio 1 Stage where the biggest cheer of the set came during 'How Are You', as they were joined onstage by a headbanging panda. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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British Sea Power onstage at Reading on Saturday. The band took to the Main Stage during the afternoon flanked by numerous flags which have become a regular fixture of their live shows since the release of 'Do You Like Rock Music?'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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British Sea Power acknowldge the Reading Main Stage crowd on Saturday afternoon. Frontman Yan and bassist Hamilton finished the band's set by performing symmetrical handstands, drawing a huge applause from the crowd. 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: Tim Cochrane

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Collapsing Cities performing at Reading's Festival Republic Stage on Saturday afternoon. Elliot Minor and The Audition will close the stage in Reading on Saturday before The Kills, Wiley and Glasvegas wrap things up on Sunday. Photo: James Quinton

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Taking Back Sunday performing on the Leeds Main Stage on Saturday. 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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The Leeds crowd enjoy the afternoon sun on Saturday as Taking Back Sunday play the Main Stage. Rage Against The Machine will headline Leeds on Saturday, while The Killers will headline 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/Festvials. Photo: Tom Oxley

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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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The crowds gather at Bramham Park in Leeds in anticipation of the opening day. Friday will see Metallica headline the Main Stage while The Cribs will close the NME/Radio 1 Stage. Photo: Danny North

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'I was playing golf earlier' - The Cribs' Gary Jarman onstage at London Astoria, May 2007

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Dizzee Rascal backstage at the NME Signing Tent at Reading Festival 2008. The East London rapper invited the crowd to "Dance Wiv Me" when he took to the main stage at 2.35pm. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter.

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