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Reading & Leeds Festival 2014: Backstage Bands, Blaggers And Celebrities

  • This weekend, not only will we be bringing you the very best photos of the bands on stage at Reading and Leeds Festival, we'll also be brining you all the behind-the-scenes action. The backstage stuff. The stuff you don't normally get to see. The bands, the blaggers and celebrities. Gerard Way kicked off the whole weekend with his debut solo festival show. Here he is straight afterwards.

    Photo: Andy Ford/NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • London's Fat White Family brought their unique brand of chaos to the Festival Republic Stage at Reading Festival on Friday. Here they are before their set. They weren't wearing as many clothes when the notoriously chaotic bunch came off stage later.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Drenge decided to don this pair of natty dresses for their set on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading on Friday afternoon. And, why not?

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • One of the most talked about new bands of the weekend, Pennsylvania's The Districts get one of their first tastes of the British festival experience.

    Photo: Derek Bremner /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Danny Brown backstage at this year's Leeds festival. Shortly before he took to the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage, alongside the likes of Vic Mensa and Joey Bada$$.

    Photo: NME / Jordan Hughes

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Hello 'ello Frank Turner.

    Photo: NME / Jordan Hughes

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Wolf Alice and Bloody Knees aren't afraid of a bit of rubbish.

    Photo: Charlotte Patmore /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • An interesting technique from The Orwells' Mario...

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Henry Brinner's got a better idea of how to win this table tennis lark.

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Enter Shikari are all smiles after they conquered the Main Stage at Reading.

    Photo: Daniel Topete /NME

    Added: 22 Aug 2014

  • Temples up the style stakes with glitter and tassels.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Brody Dalle chooses her poison.

    Photo: Jenn Five/NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Wolf Alice's Joff Oddie and Ellie Rowsell hang out before their debut Reading performance.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Slaves get patriotic as they prepare to shelter from rain in Leeds.

    Photo: Andy Hughes/NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Pulled Apart By Horses slayed the Main Stage at Reading earlier this afternoon. Here, they share a joke before heading out to entertain their public.

    Photo: NME / Andy Forde

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Enter Shikari take a moment to relax backstage in Leeds ahead of their second set of the weekend.

    Photo: Ben Bentley/NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Glasgow's Twin Atlantic enjoy a quick ride on a buggy as they bring their thundering riffs to Leeds.

    Photo: Ben Bentley/NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • An exhausted Wolf Alice refuel on bananas and cigarettes after conquering Reading.

    Photo: NME / Dan Harris

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Harry and Doug from Peace celebrate their Main Stage debut with a big bear hug.

    Photo: Jenn Five /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Bill Bailey gets serious about rocking.

    Photo: NME / Ben Bentley

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • The Districts cosying up in Leeds.

    Photo: NME / Jordan Hughes

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Bombay Bicycle Club look excited to meet their fans at the Radio 1 signing tent.

    Photo: NME / Daniel Topete

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Bombay Bicycle Club strikes a pose outside the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.

    Photo: Daniel Harris /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • Childhood take in the sunset in Leeds.

    Photo: Ben Bentley /NME

    Added: 23 Aug 2014

  • New York duo Lucius show off their matching threads, sunglasses and haircuts in Leeds.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • The Bohicas strike a formidable pose in leather ahead of their Reading debut.

    Photo: Daniel Topete/NME

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • Lonely The Brave's Mark Trotter and fan give their opinion on The Kooks' new album.

    Photo: NME / Ben Bentley

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • The Hives come prepared for the sun in their own inimitable style, donning pith helmets in Leeds.

    Photo: NME / Ben Bentley

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • We Are Scientists ponder life on a grassy hill in Leeds.

    Photo: NME / Ben Bentley

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • The sun shines on Wolf Alice ahead of their second performance of the weekend.

    Photo: NME / Ben Bentley

    Added: 24 Aug 2014

  • Klaxons take a break from their metallic stage suits to cut a bright figure in all white.

    Photo: NME / Jenn Five

    Added: 24 Aug 2014