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Reading And Leeds Festival 2014: Best Photos From Friday

  • The wait is over... Reading and Leeds 2014 is go! Here's the best photos from the opening day at both sites as the action gets underway. Kicking us off is this snap of punters readying themselves for the marathon three days of live music ahead in Reading.

    Photo: Derek Bremner/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The music kicked off early in Leeds with Superfood previewing their forthcoming debut album on Thursday night. No foam machine this time unlike their recent London show though, alas.

    Photo: Andy Hughes

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Toy also treated festival goers up north to some early entertainment, battling heavy rain to bring their psych sounds to the BBC Introducing Stage.

    Photo: Andy Hughes

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Gerard Way kicked off activities in Reading on Friday morning to play the first big show of his solo career.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The former My Chemical Romance frontman played eight tracks from his debut album 'Hesitant Alien' before ending his set with a Jesus And Mary Chain cover, 'Snakedriver'.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Over in Leeds, Brighton "surf-doom" trio The Wytches gave fans a brutal wake up call as they opened the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The band ploughed through the more hardcore tracks on their debut, 'Annabel Dream Reader', like 'Digsaw' and 'Gravedweller'.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Spiderman lets his identity slip in front of a film crew. Oops.

    Photo: Daniel Harris/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Don't look so surprised to see us, Papa Roach.

    Photo: Laura Palmer /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Production supremo Lxury delivering a storming set of Disclosurey beats and bleeps.

    Photo: Matt Richardson/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Hands up if you're having a good time? That's what we thought.

    Photo: Daniel Harris/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Leeds' NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage was the latest stop on Jungle's unstoppable stomp to world domination today.

    Photo: Matt Richardson /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Jungle's J lost in a cloud of smoke.

    Photo: Matt Richardson /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Yeah, probably best not to go on this ride right after visiting the chow mien kiosk.

    Photo: Daniel Harris/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Shout out to these two, Reading's snazziest dressers. So far, that is...

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Punk crew Pup doing their thing in Leeds.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • More Pup carnage.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Here's Blood Red Shoes in full flow on the Main Stage at Reading.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Indie's next big thing? All the way from Pennsylvania, the hotly tipped The Districts.

    Photo: Derek Bremner /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • South London rapper Kate Tempest brings the characters of her debut album 'Everybody Down' to life on stage in Leeds.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Darlia's Nathan Day cradles his guitar before smashing it into his amp.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Derbyshire duo Drenge embraced their feminine side for their set on the NME/Radio 1 stage in Reading.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Eoin Loveless gets fruity.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Eagulls brought their scowling brand of indie rock to Reading earlier today and were in formidable form.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Big hair, big riffs - it's Eagulls again.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Things got more than a little wild during Eagull's set at Reading earlier today.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • CIRCLE PIIIIITTTT! More mayhem from Eagulls' set.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Remarkably this is about the most-dressed you'll ever see Fat White Family.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Enter Shikari rock out on the Main Stage in Reading.

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Rou Reynolds surveys his disciples.

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • ...Then the frontman launched himself on them.

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Oh hai! Punters revelled in the sun today, despite forecasts for rain. Which is just as well, as this writer left his wellies on the 8.30 train out of Paddington this morning.

    Photo: NME / Derek Bremner

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Things got crazy as Jamie T made a surprise appearance at Reading earlier in the evening.

    Photo: NME / Derek Bremner

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The Londoner whipped the crowd up into a frenzy as he played tracks new and old.

    Photo: NME / Derek Bremner

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • This guy knew all the words.

    Photo: NME / Derek Bremner

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Vic Mensa takes a leap during his set in Leeds.

    Photo: Laura Palmer/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The Chicago rapper took the opportunity to get to know his fans a bit better.

    Photo: Laura Palmer/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The Kooks continue their new reinvention on Leeds' NME/Radio 1 Stage.

    Photo: Matt Richardson/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The 1975's Matt Healy makes a face for the camera.

    Photo: Matt Richardson/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Punters get in the spirit of the festival.

    Photo: NME / Derek Bremner

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Macklemore has a breather during his Leeds performance.

    Photo: Ben Bentley/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The 'Thrift Shop' singer puts his hands in the air like he just don't care.

    Photo: Ben Bentley/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Eugene Hutz picks out a target in the crowd.

    Photo: Matt Richardson /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Gogol Bordello whip out the accordion in Leeds.

    Photo: Matt Richardson /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Detroit rapper Danny Brown takes his 'Old' album up north.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle makes her Reading & Leeds debut on the Lock Up Stage.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • The punk heroine thrashed out tracks from her debut album 'Diploid Love'.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig returns to his day job.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The sun shines on Vampire Weekend in Reading.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Danny Brown goes for a skip across the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Danny Brown's fans doing their best gun fingers.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig joins labelmate SBTRKT to perform 'New Dorp, New York'.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The London producer (real name Aaron Jerome) previewed tracks from his second album 'Wonder Where We Land'.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Mario Cuomo swings from the rafters as The Orwells storm Reading.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Meanwhile, the rest of The Orwells go for a lie down.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • This guy had the time of his life.

    Photo: Matt Richardson /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • New York's Joey Bada$$ conducts the Leeds crowd.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The rapper shows off his own branded letterman jacket.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Blink 182 arrive in Leeds.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Tom DeLonge can stretch his arms this wide.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Travis Barker stretches his legs behind the kit.

    Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Warpaint brought their woozy indie to the NME/Radio 1 tent.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • More Warpaint magic on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Getting ready to rave at Disclosure in Leeds.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The Lawrence brothers bring 'Settle' to the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Palma Violets' Sam Fryer dresses smart for the band's Festival Republic headline set in Reading.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Guy Lawrence prepares for the drop.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Palma Violets, who first met at Reading Festival, brought the Festival Republic Stage to a chaotic close.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Hair today, headline tomorrow? Temples impress in the NME/BBC Radio 1 tent.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • The green-haired singer commands the Main Stage crowd's attention.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Temples in the spotlight.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Hayley Williams holds the mic up to the Reading crowd.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The Paramore frontwoman gets in the zone.

    Photo: Wunmi Onibudo /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Josh Homme wraps up against the night breeze.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Lasers flash behind the QOTSA frontman.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Homme applauds the crowd for at least trying to put away as much booze as him.

    Photo: Andy Ford /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • The view from the crowd.

    Photo: Derek Bremner /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Desert rock idols Queens Of The Stone Age justify their headline billing.

    Photo: Derek Bremner /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014