Muse, Leeds, Friday.
Reading and Leeds Festival saw action from My Chemical Romance, 30 Seconds To Mars, Beady Eye, Muse and loads more on day one. Keep clicking to see all the action from across both sites.
My Chemical Romance brought Friday night to a close in Reading, wowing the crowd with fireworks, glitter cannons and an appearance from Brian May.
Queen guitarist Brian May joined My Chemical Romance for their encore in Reading on Friday, playing guitar on ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’.
The Horrors headlined the Festival Republic Stage in Reading on Friday.
The Horrors are joined by three extra floppy-fringed guitarists running through ‘Moving Further Away’, from ‘Skying’.
Liam Gallagher of Beady Eye onstage in Reading, Friday. The singer told the relatively sparse crowd to “watch out for the darkness”.
Frankie Francis shows off his lovely ‘Hello Kitty’ balloon at Reading.
Peter Doherty hits the stage at Leeds.
The crowd pull “serious faces” watching Peter Doherty (it’s because he added the “r” to his name, you know…)
Muse bring a traditionally understated show to Leeds on Friday night.
Muse controversially choose to play a version of Scott Joplin’s ‘The Entertainer’.
Muse, Leeds, Friday.
Weirdly the mobile phone signals around the Muse gig were really, really good…
“And this is a…’C chord'” Matt Bellamy in Leeds.
Muse, Leeds, Friday.
Muse thank their crowd by showering them with big scary eyeball balloons in Leeds.
“And this is a ‘D chord’…”
Muse, Leeds, Friday.
White Lies’ Harry McVeigh tries out for the next All Saints ad campaign.
“No, we don’t have any LMFAO…” 2manydjs don’t take requests….
Bin bags are soooooo hilarious….
Viva Brother play Leeds.
A peek into the future career of Mona’s Nick Brown perhaps?
A fan doing the classic “I don’t really know the lyrics to this one” gurn.
Miles Kane and NME’s Matt Wilkinson go round the Reading site.
Viva Brother, Leeds, Friday.
Harry from White Lies plays in the shadows at Reading.
Patrick Wolf meets his match in the ‘who can wear the brightest colours’ department.
CocknBullKid hits Leeds on Friday.
“Put your hands in the air if you think that the guy on the right looks like a monkey…”
White Lies sneakily stole Hurts’ lighting guy for their Reading set.
“Anyone who’s not wearing a bright orange jacket, keep back!”
Fucked Up’s frontman goes in for a big cheesy smile with a fan at Leeds.
Bring Me The Horizon, Reading, Friday.
Interpol bring the trendy to the Leeds.
The Dance Stage gets pretty crazy at Reading.
Do you think Enter Shikari might be a bit worried about the rain?
SBTRKT, Reading, Friday.
SBTRKT, Reading, Friday.
“It might look like a cheque for millions, but actually it’s a blank piece of paper, promise.” The Naked And Famous at Reading’s signing tent.
Friendly Fires bring their dance-pop vibes to a wet Leeds.
Time for another ‘special dance’ from Friendly Fires’ Ed, ladies?
Ed drops his “delivering a baby” move.
Friendly Fires fans go bonkers for their Baleric beats.
Friendly Fires, Leeds, Friday.
Friendly Fires’ Ed MacFarlane gives it his all at Leeds.
Friendly Fires get with the dry ice at Leeds.
“And then the vicar said to the actress…” Ed tries out some stand-up at Leeds.
30 Seconds To Mars get political at Reading.
“Who remembers a great show called My So Called Life?” 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto gets nostalgic at Reading.
“Did you hear about the time I got stuck in the loo on the Black Flag tourbus?” Henry Rollins wows the crowd.
Sadly Frank had got the sleeper train back the night before…
Fucked Up’s Pink Eyes give fans some face time at Leeds.
Pink Eyes preaches to the converted at Leeds.
Coming to Paris Fashion Week soon…
Hand gestures speak a thousand words…
Mad fer it…
Young Legionnaire rock Leeds.
No, the audience is that way!
There’s always time for an impromtu rendition of ‘Wannabe’ by The Spice Girls.
Muddy mania hits Leeds.
Death From Above 1979 – still smokin’ at Leeds.
Sebastien Grainger from Death From Above 1979 at Leeds.
Fans at Leeds having a quiet rest after the rain.
What’s the bet the guy being hugged isn’t smiling?
Panic! At The Disco, Leeds, Friday.
Bring Me The Horizon struggle with the spelling of “horizon” in the Reading signing tent…
Luckily when Brandon from Panic! At The Disco got the terrible cramp in his leg, it was time for a “pop emo” musical breakdown.
Interesting sartorial choice….
Sure they look happy but minutes after this photo was taken they fell into a huge muddy puddle…
“I JUST NEED ONE MORE PINT GLASS! ONE MOOOOOOORRRR!”
Chapel Club, Leeds, Friday.
Chapel Club hit the stage at Leeds on Friday.
Yes they’re muddy but they’ve not lost the power to gurn…
Anna Calvi howls her way through another atmospheric set at Reading 2011.
Two guys celebrate bagging that all-important space by the barrier.
Anna Calvi shines at Reading.
“Sorry, Reading, I just really need to go…” Patrick Wolf shocks the crowd.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis premiere their “wacky” new image.
Patrick Wolf tries to find out who in the Reading crowd stood on his blazer.
Mona attempt the Clash pose onstage at Reading, Friday.
Look, it’s not a festival unless there’s a naked dude covered in mud, OK?
Mona step to a Specialized Security Supervisor at Reading on Friday.
Crowds display a variety of facial emotions, from ‘having it’ to ‘really need the loo’ up front at Reading on Friday.
Mona treat the NME Stage to an early afternoon set at Reading on Friday (August 26).
Mona ask the crowd if they’re enjoying what they’re hearing so far at Reading on Friday.
If you see a puddle, you may as well jump in it. Only three days to live in mud-splattered clothes.
Cerebral Ballzy bring their understated live show to the Festival Republic Stage in Reading on Friday.
An early crowd-surfing casualty on Friday afternoon at Reading. For all the latest action from both sites all weekend head to NME.COM/festivals.
Cerebral Ballzy get up close and personal with the crowd at Reading on Friday (August 26).
The sun finally makes an appearance at Reading on day one.
“You should see the other guy…”
A fancy-dressed dragon navigates the muddy cesspit in the middle of the Reading site. For all the latest action from both sites all weekend head to NME.COM/festivals.
Revellers look on in various states of misunderstanding when Kyle from The View does his inter-song banter.
Bring Me The Horizon bring the noise to Reading 2011.
The DFA 1979 reunion set ends badly…
Enter Shikari practise their ‘caught in a wind tunnel’ pose on the Main Stage at Leeds. For all the latest action across the weekend check out NME.COM/festivals.
The Mona set leaves fans underwhelmed…
It might have been wet but the crowd enjoyed Enter Shikari’s mid-afternoon set at Leeds.
“Nya nya nya nya, we’re dry you’re wet!” Enter Shikari rile the crowd.
A steamy, wet first afternoon in Leeds. For all the latest action across the weekend check out NME.COM/festivals.
Fans not letting the rain stop their fun.
The View brings the hits on the Main Stage at Reading.
Frank Turner’s version of ‘Disco Inferno’ fails to impress…
Frank Turner wows the crowd at Leeds.
“…and it was a baby in a microwave!” Frank Turner’s foray into stand-up comedy gets off to a shakey start.
The Black Out, Reading, Friday.
“The guy who stole my brolly went that way!”
It’s those bloody Teletubbies again…
The “Free Hugs” lady heads to the Gents toilets…watch out Leeds!
Should we tell them last night they got drunk and got kerrrazee with a blue felt-tip pen?
Best Coast hit Leeds on Friday afternoon.
Bring Me The Horizon, Reading, Friday.
Bethany Best Coast looks over to bassist Bobb Bruno.
Official Programme vendors sell their stuff.
Not actually “foam hands” but, in fact, a very developed synthetic hand for the handless.
Cage The Elephant’s Matthew Shultz proudly shows off his new weave.
“THERE’S my mobile!” Cage The Elephant’s Matthew Shultz goes in for the lost-phone kill.
One of the lesser known members of The Bay City Rollers makes an appearance.
“THAT’s why I shouldn’t have supersized my cola…”
Frontman of Dananananaykroyd pulls an unfortunate “posh guy at a wedding” face in Leeds.
Just a minute later, his knees buckled and he had to make a living as part of Tracy Emin’s “Living Furniture” collection (chair Number Two).
Despite forgetting their deodorant, Emma and Kate weren’t self-conscious about going “au natural”.
Miles Kane reacts to a “you’re just a Tesco value Alex Turner” jibe.
“WOO!” Seconds later they fell into a bottomless mud hole…
Miles Kane, Reading, Friday.
One Direction go for the “oh dear, it’s quite rainy really isn’t it?” look.
Ok, you remembered to bring the waterproof trousers, but you don’t need to be so happy about it…
Punters plug themselves into an air supply to get fortified for three days of rock.
The outbreak of killer caterpillars was luckily containable…
The S Club Jrs reunion was a mixed success…
The new-look Sugababes weren’t very happy about having to play the makeshift “dodgems” stage but it would do…
The fruitless search for Jen’s missing contact lens continues…
Pete ‘n’ Carl add fuel to those ‘Libertines To Reunite’ rumours.
Frankie & The Heartstrings play Reading and try to ignore the “FRANKIE SAYS ‘RELAAAAAX'” heckle.
There’s always one isn’t there…
The ‘I’m A Little Teapot’ dance proved very LOL for the crowd.
“Come on, Vogue” Frankie & The Heartstrings choose an unusual cover…
Reading and Leeds 2011 is go! Crowds arrive in the drizzle at Reading on Friday.
Taking Back Sunday play the Main Stage, 1pm, Friday in Leeds. The band drew in a decent crowd for an early slot and were followed by Frank Turner.
Rain’s pouring on both sites today (Friday) and the forecast looks pretty grim, especially at Leeds. However, that didn’t stop fans giving their all for Taking Back Sunday at Branham Park.
Both sites are packed with punters in ponchos and war paint. Here crowds watch Taking Back Sunday on Friday in Leeds.
Taking Back Sunday, Friday, Leeds. Comment below with your thoughts on the festival so far.
The “hanging the mic from your neck” trick was enjoyable until the choking sensation began…
Crowds at Taking Back Sunday, Friday, Leeds
Umbrella hats. They might make you look like a tool but these guys are having the last laugh today at Reading.
We Are The Ocean open proceedings on the Main Stage at Leeds.
It’s a bright but rainy start to things in Leeds.
Uh-oh. Revellers go mad for Teletubbies fancy dress (and Where’s Wally).
The crowds aren’t sure if they’re in for a sunny or wet weekend….
The merch stand! Come on, those Beady Eye t-shirt won’t sell themselves…
Anyone who’s wearing a silly yellow mac say ‘Ahhhha!’ now.
The Architects rock out the Main Stage at Reading on Friday.
“How many drops of rain have there been?” The question gets the crowd a bit confused…
Fans brave the rain to catch Architects on the Main Stage at Reading.
“Look everybody, I can stick my whole hand into my ear,” Architects’ Sam Carter shows off.
Gothing out at Reading…
CH-CH-CH-CH Cherri Bomb hit the stage at Reading.
Clearly their manager (former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney) gave them tips on rocking out.
The girl on the right has mistaken a ‘daisy chain head band’ for ‘a sensible rain protecting hat’. Doh!
Punters huddle under their ponchos during an early afternoon shower at Reading.
“Ha ha, you’re wearing a ‘Where’s Wally’ hat!” Stella from Warpaint has a mid-set LOL.
“Today I decided to dress as rock’n’roll gnome…”
Those Interpol T-shirts are selling like…what’s the opposite of hot cakes?
Everyone had fun doing their best Liam Gallagher impressions.
Is he in fancy dress as the Stranglers?
The Blacklisters pretend its raining beer in Leeds on Thursday.
The festival season is nearly over. It’s time to give those wellies one last leg of life as they trudge through muddy festival fields. Reading and Leeds Festivals 2011 are underway and punters are already beginning to arrive on site to set up camp.
Although it looks like rain is likely to show up at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the ground looks dry as festivalgoers arrive on site on Thursday.
The festival hasn’t even officially kicked off yet, but the fancy dress and creepy masks have already surfaced.
This is probably the most action Reading Station sees all year.
Box o’ wine and wellies: the only things you really ever need at a festival…
Punters show up early to score the best spots to pitch their tents at Reading Festival 2011.