Saturday is underway at Reading and Leeds and the action’s happening thick and fast. DZ Deathrays were among the early bands kicking things off in Reading on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage, bringing the cacophonous sounds of their new album ‘Black Rat’ to violent life.
The Aussie duo were in imperious form. Viva la Deathrays!
Gerard Way followed his triumphant Reading performance yesterday with an equally energetic show in Leeds today.
“Thank you for waking up to hang out with me. I’m sorry you don’t know any of these songs, but you are still going to love them,” Way told the crowd, before concluding with an unlikely cover of Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Snakedriver’.
MØ, aka Denmark’s Karen Marie Ørsted, gave a winning performance at Reading that included a woozy pop spin on the Spice Girls’ ‘Say You’ll Be There’.
More MØ, no problems, eh lads?
Lo-fi punk masterminds Bloody Knees caused a wild circle pit during their Reading set earlier.
Bloody Knees’ Bradley Griffiths sneering and screaming his way through his band’s set.
Hudson Taylor drew a big crowd in Leeds.
Jake Bugg, you sneaky so-and-so… while the festival awaits his Main Stage set later, the troubadour only went and played a secret set on the BBC Introducing Stage. Just couldn’t wait to get on and play, obviously.
Jake Bugg was introduced by Huw Stephens as he surprised fans with his low key set.
Biggest crowd of the weekend so far? The NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage was rammed for Royal Blood, whose debut album, out this week, is expected to crash land at number one in the UK charts tomorrow.
Well, I guess that’s one way to dress for a festival.
Crowds taking in the sunshine (well, not quite) at Reading earlier outside the signing tent.
The mighty Slaves bringing the noise in Leeds.
Yorkshire rippers Pulled Apart By Horses bringing songs from their incoming third album ‘Blood’ to the Main Stage.
Highlight of Pulled Apart By Horses’ set? A tie-up between a raucous cover of the Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, the dude in the crowd who dressed in a horse costume especially, and frontman Tom Hudson’s tribute to “seven foot ginger sexy bastard” Homme.
Notts singer Lauren Henson, better known as Indiana, cut a compelling figure during her Leeds set earlier today on the Radio 1 dance stage.
A rainbow over the Leeds site. Ain’t that nice.
Crowd chaos in Reading.
Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell is so talented, she can do flamingo impressions while rocking out on stage.
The frontwoman looks pretty pleased with herself.
Wolf Alice make the most of their photo opportunity in Reading.
One festival-goer appears to have contracted an exotic leg-vomiting bug.
Rou Reynolds gives it his all during Enter Shikari’s set at Leeds.
The frontman gets intimate with his fans in front of the Main Stage.
Drummer Rob Rolfe gives the crowd a big thumbs up.
Peace’s Harry Koisser wins in the style stakes, looking as flamboyant as ever in Reading.
The Birmingham band previewed tracks from their second album as they played on the Main Stage for the first time.
Comedian Bill Bailey mid-wisecrack on the Alternative Stage at Leeds.
The comedian gives the Leeds crowd his seal of approval with a double thumbs up.
Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig clearly stopped off in JD Sport on his way up to Leeds.
The frontman tries his best Usain Bolt impression during Vampire Weekend’s Main Stage set.
Fat White Family’s Lias goes on the prowl in Leeds.
It didn’t even take frontman Lias Saoudi one song to get naked, as he took his shirt off during set opener ‘Auto Neutron’.
During ‘Bomb Disneyland’ Saoudi charged along the front row of the stage in a typically unpredictable moment of the band’s show.
Eagulls’ George Mitchell looks so pleased to be back in his hometown as the band play in Leeds.
Guitarist Liam Matthews makes like his bandmate and keeps his shades on for Eagulls’ Festival Republic appearance.
Brody Dalle lets it all out in Leeds.
The former Distillers frontwoman brought some punk attitude to the Lock Up Stage.
The Orwells’ Mario Cuomo dresses up in leopard print for the Chicago band’s second set of the weekend.
The band were on their usual wild form, with Mario tripping over and lacing their set with sarcasm and confrontational stage presence.
South African group Die Antwoord brought their rap-rave to the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Reading.
Watkin Tudor-Jones shows off his tattoos to the Reading crowd.
Things get otherworldly and intense with Die Antwoord…
This man’s prepared for any sudden downpours.
Circa Waves whip their hair back and forth at Reading.
The Liverpool band played to a sizeable crowd on the Festival Republic stage.
Childhood set the mood to dreamy as they air debut album ‘Lacuna’ in Leeds.
The Brixton boys dedicated a song to their friends and Festival Republic headliners Palma Violets as the quartet made their first appearance at the festival.
The Amazing Snakeheads’ Dale Barclay does his best Lias Saoudi impression as he unveils his band’s new lineup.
The Glaswegian band played one of their first shows since the departure of Jordan Hutchinson and William Coombe.
Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry sparkles on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading.
Mayberry and her band ran through versions of ‘The Mother We Share’ and ‘Gun’.
Jake Bugg warms up for Arctic Monkeys in Reading.
The singer-songwriter followed his stellar headline set on Glastonbury’s headline set with a turn on Reading’s Main Stage.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman shrouded in light in Reading.
The London indie band gave a taste of what to expect on their December tour as they played tracks from new album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’.
Palma Violets’ Chilli Jesson shows off his silky shirt to the crowd.
Meanwhile, Palmas’ fans had some interesting requests for the band…
A muddy stage invader tries to join the Lambeth lads on stage in Leeds.
Childhood’s Ben Romans-Hopcraft unexpectedly joined his friends on stage to contribute guest vocals to ‘We Found Love’.
Nero’s Alana Watson busts a move in Reading.
Her bandmates Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray orchestrate things from behind their LED platform.
Josh Homme dons a scarf for Queens’ Leeds set.
A bit of hip-shaking from the QOTSA man mountain himself.
“We’re honoured to play here at all, never mind so high up the bill”, Hayley Williams told the Leeds crowd as Paramore topped the bill for the first time.
Hayley’s sister Erica joined the band on stage for set closer ‘Ain’t It Fun’.
Security man the pit as Hayley dances on in the background.
Alex Turner pulled out all his best rock star poses during Arctic Monkeys’ headline set at Reading.
The Sheffield band will bring their ‘AM’ campaign to a close in Leeds tomorrow night. The northern crowd will have a lot to live up to though, as Turner told Reading: “You’re a fucking good crowd Reading. I like you very much.”