Roll up, roll up… Reading and Leeds Festival 2013 kicks off! As you can see thankfully the rain has passed in time for the gates to open in Leeds.
In fact, even after yesterday’s downpour, today is definitely shades weather.
Dinosaur Pile Up get things off to a rocking start on the NME/R1 Stage at Leeds.
Matt Bigland shows off a seriously good-looking guitar.
Why not throw in a little light head-banging on a Friday afternoon?
Leeds’ green and pleasant land.
These guys aren’t following an important festival rule: never sit up against a fence. You never know what people have been doing there.
Wavves take to the stage in Leeds’ NME/R1 tent.
The head-banging is getting serious now.
Top fashion tip from Wavves: display your Artist laminate for maximum festival chic.
A post-modern comment on over-sharing online? Perhaps. Let’s just hope he found a toilet.
Where’s David Attenborough when you need him?
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson have really let themselves go.
Ben Affleck begins his preparations for taking over the Batman role.
Welsh posse representing at Leeds Festival.
Reading is underway, so wave your shirts in the air like you just don’t care (about sunburn).
Can you hear us, While She Sleeps?
As the old shepherd’s saying going: Pink hair in the crowd, must be Hadouken.
Does that count as a duckface?
Why can’t every weekend be like ‘Every Weekend’?
Deap Valley prove a point at Reading’s NME/R1 Stage.
There isn’t much more rock’n’roll than Lolita shades, as Lindsey Troy proves.
How massive was Deap Vally’s Reading set? This big.
The mighty Family Rain work up a sweat on Leeds’ Festival Republic stage.
The Family Rain’s Tim Walter never misses a beat.
It’s all a bit much for these AlunaGeorge fans. Pace yourselves, it’s only Friday!
Aluna from AlunaGeorge works the dressing gown look at Leeds. If it’s good enough for the Wu Tang Clan…
Aluna looks at home in the spotlight.
Back in Reading – the crowd are more than up for it at the Main Stage.
Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon. On Thursday the band played to 80 people in a London tattoo parlour. Today: A mid-afternoon set at Reading’s Main Stage in front of thousands.
During their 30-minute set Sykes jumped off stage and visited the front rows.
Do you think the girls in the front are waiting for the next band?
A thoughtful security staff member helps keep Oli’s shorts held up.
Reading festival crowd: Never less than up for it.
Cerebral Ballzy played a manic set over on the Lock Up/Rock Stage at Reading.
Speaking from the stage front man Honer Titus said: “We haven’t slept for three days, but it doesn’t matter because we’re here to party.”
The Brooklyn-based punk band blasted through a typically explosive set.
Frank Turner paid tribute to Nirvana’s famous 1992 performance at Reading Festival during the afternoon, re-enacting Kurt Cobain’s iconic entrance where he was wheeled onstage in a wheelchair.
Turner recently had to cancel some performances after suffering from a bad back.
He jumped out of the wheelchair and launched into opener ‘If I Every Stray’. During the set he encouraged the crowd to sing along to a host of tracks from his recent album ‘Tape Deck Heart’.
Into the evening, the atmosphere in the tents started to heat up.
The Strypes played a well-received set on the Festival Republic Stage.
We can’t believe he kept his tie on… although he could still be in school uniform.
Over in Leeds Fall Out Boy took to the Main Stage ahead of performances from Nine Inch Nails and Biffy Clyro.
They played tracks from their number one hit album ‘Save Rock And Roll’ which included the dance-punk of ‘The Phoenix’ and ‘Just One Yesterday’, which saw British pop darling Foxes join for guest vocals.
California X hit a purple patch in Leeds.
California dreamin’, on a day like this?
The NME/R1 tent in Leeds was packed to capacity for the three Haim sisters.
That poor guy looks knackered, but at least she’s enjoying an unparalleled view of Haim.
Haim’s set wouldn’t be complete without a big drum ending.
This is why bands can’t have nice things.
The finest guitar face you’ll see this year, courtesy of The Strypes.
A$AP Rocky told the crowd on the NME/Radio 1 Stage he “came to tear this stage down in front of y’all” as he performed before headliner Skrillex.
Performing with members of the A$AP Mob, including DJ J Scott, he opened with ‘Long Live A$AP’ before launching into ‘Wassup’.
Playing tracks from his debut album ‘Long. Live. A$AP’ such as ‘PMW (All I Really Need)’ and ‘Wild For The Night’, Rocky closed his set by inviting “bad bitches” on stage.
System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian playing second top of the bill on Reading’s Main Stage.
10 years on from their 2003 Reading set, the band had lost none of their fire.
There were even a few singalong moments.
Aluna, of course, returned to the stage to join Disclosure for tune of the summer ‘White Noise’.
Disclosure’s set was predictably rapturously received.
The Disclosure brothers delved into chart-topping record ‘Settle’.
Why choose one instrument when you can play them all?
The argument that Reading and Leeds don’t appreciate dance music is now well and truly dead in the water.
At Reading, Parquet Courts drew one of the Festival Republic stage’s biggest crowds.
It seems that everyone’s been getting seriously into Parquet Court’s ‘Light Up Gold’.
A Roxy Music t-shirt is never out of fashion.
You get the impression that if and when Parquet Courts return they’ll be playing a significantly bigger stage.
Biffy Clyro played a set packed with hit singles and fan favourites as they headlined Leeds Festival for the first time.
The crowd’s reaction for the Scottish band was huge.
In drizzling rain, the Scottish band opened with ‘Different People’, after which a topless Simon Neil said, “Let’s fucking go!”
The band finished their two-hour set with a trio of fan-favourites, ‘Skylight’, ‘Stingin’ Belle’ and ‘Mountains’.
Meanwhile Green Day came on to huge applause after they were introduced by a giant, dancing pink rabbit, which had drummer Tre Cool’s name emblazoned on the back at Reading.
Kicking off with ’99 Revolutions’, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong declared, “Reading, are you ready?” before they launched into the track.
During their set Green Day played their 1994 album ‘Dookie’ in full. It brought the Main Stage to a close day one of Reading Festival 2013.