Candid shots of bands backstage at Reading and Leeds – and we got the stars themselves to sign the photos. Here’s Josh Homme, who during his Queens Of the Stone Age set at Leeds declared, “I want this loud so turn it up for these motherfuckers. I’m sick of this quiet shit.”
Our thanks to Polaroid.
Pete Doherty performed with the recently reunited Libertines. He also took some time to pose for the Polaroid camera and show some Yorkshire pride.
Hayley and co. hang out backstage at Leeds. Don’t forget to watch the exclusive NME video of Paramore walking on stage and preparing for their performance.
Leeds marked the last weekend of gigging action for The Cribs, before they take a break to work on their fifth album. “These are our last shows for a long time, you won’t see us for a bit,” bassist/singer Gary Jarman told the crowd.
Much to the crowd’s surprise, The Drums didn’t play hit single ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ during their set at Leeds Festival. They did, however, reveal some details about their next album.
Two Door Cinema Club performed at the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Sunday in Leeds, warming up the stage for Mumford and Sons and Phoenix.
Yannis Philippakis of Foals told NME, “There’s an old school rock feeling at Reading and Leeds that you don’t get anywhere else, people really releasing negative energy. If we had our way, there wouldn’t be any barrier between the band and the crowd.”
New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon told the crowd at Leeds: “We’ve been whirling around the rest of Europe, and now I feel like we’re home.”
NME caught up with The Maccabees (who got a bit silly with animal masks backstage) at Leeds – be sure to watch our video interview with them.
At this year’s Leeds Fest, Coco Sumner of I Blame Coco played the Festival Republic Stage, which was later headlined by Ash.
Be sure to check out NME’s exclusive video footage of Lost Prophets walking onto the stage at Leeds Festival 2010.
Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons smiles for the NME camera. He also joined us for a video interview, along with the rest of his band.
Blood Red Shoes played a set on Thursday over at the Dance To The Radio stage in Leeds, along with bands like Wild Beasts and Holy State.
Cypress Hill brought their anthems and and smoked a large ‘cigarette’ during their Main Stage slot. “This shit is strong,” Sen Dog told the crowd, as he knelt down and mock-coughed.
Yuck made their Leeds Festival debut this year, as Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix watched from the crowd. The band showcased a bunch of songs from their forthcoming debut album, as well as new track ‘Suicide Policeman’.