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Festivals : The Carling Reading & Leeds Weekend

Get the full summary of the Carling festival weekend right here.

Festivals   :   The Carling Reading & Leeds Weekend

What¹s the verdict on the Carling Weekend?



The weekend began with weather warnings and pleas by the festival organisers for people not to drive to the waterlogged Reading site. But rain hardly touched either the Leeds or Reading site all weekend, the mud slowly drying up and the sun poking out every now and again.



While the weekend boasted some stunning sets from Ash, Morrissey, The White Stripes and The Streets, the festival will be always be remembered as the year that 50 Cent got bottled off. As Fiddy took to the Main Stage at Leeds on Friday night, when was greeted by a hail of bottles from Green Day fans. But the flying debris gradually died down as he tore into tracks like 'In Da Club' and '21 Questions'.



At Reading on Sunday night it was a different matter though. The G-Unit star took to the Main Stage 20 minutes early at 8.10 and ran through his hits,while the crowd threw bottles and mud and shouted "50 Cent is a wanker". His G-Unit crew even started to throw back the missiles into the front rows. But after just a 25-minute set Fiddy thanked the crowd and walked off.



But it wasn¹t just 50 Cent who received harsh treatment by the Reading crowd. Earlier in the day on Sunday at Reading The Rasmus were bottled off stage after just one song. Bassist Eero was hit in the eye.



But despite the distractions, the Carling Weekend has always produced some classic live sets. The festival kicked off to a great start at Reading on friday when Welsh comedy hip hoppers Goldie Lookin Chain opened the Main Stage. On the same day The Distillers, The Hives and Ash all rocked the Reading Main Stage.



The Darkness Friday night Reading headlining slot received mixed reactions. While there were moments of hilarity ­ like when Justin goaded the crowd to shout Cunt, Fuck and Bollocks ­ it was clear that there just wasn¹t enough material for a truly mind-blowing headline gig. The band played three new songs to a lukewarm reception, before ending on their rocked-up version of Radiohead's 'Street Spirit (Fade Out)' and 'Love On The Rocks (With No Ice)'.




The Streets provided one of the anthems of the weekend, with 'Dry Your Eyes' prompting an emotional mass singalong at both Reading and Leeds. Razorlight rocked the weekend, by playing The Libertines' 'Don't Go Back to Dalston'.



There were plenty of rumours that the errant Pete Libertine might join Carl Barat and the rest of The Libertines on stage at Reading, after Pete's band Babyshambles played a gig at Reading's Fez club on Friday night. The reunion never happened, but The Libertines won over Reading on Saturday anyway, as did Franz Ferdinand and The White Stripes on the same bill.



But it was Morrissey's gig that really won the fans over. El Moz opened with The Smiths' classic 'How Soon Is Now' ­ a track he's not played live in years. Other Smiths tunes 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out', 'Shoplifters Of The World Unite' and 'Everyday Is Like Sunday' sat easily between his solo work.



To read full reviews from the Carling Weekend: Reading & Leeds click here[/url] and pick some of the reviews of the Main Stage and Radio 1 Stage from the Reading and Leeds festivals.


Viv Craske

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