The Reading & Leeds festival celebrated its fortieth birthday this weekend across two sites and three days with thousands of punters, and while conditions were soggier and squelchier than we’ve been used to of late spirits were far from dampened. In fact and in time-honoured tradition it may well have been one of the best yet. No riots, no bottling, no disasters, just a huge amount of quality sets crammed into one of the most compact weekends in the festival calendar.
If you’re in the mood to relive things (or see what you missed), there’s hundreds of pictures in our galleries from Friday, Saturday and Sunday at both sites, video interviews and walk-ons from all three days, and numerous blogs and reviews from the big sets.
So what did you think of Reading or Leeds? Let us know and share your memories below.
Who ruled among the headliners? Muse and MCR battled for pyro supremacy, with the former favouring lasers and flames while the latter enlisted fireworks and aging rock aristocracy (in the form of Queen’s Brian May). Both deployed batallions of balloons.
Pulp, meanwhile, relied on an enviable back catalogue, endless banter and reminiscences and Richard Hawley’s first appearance with the band in nine years. The Strokes came understated but roped in Jarvis for an inspired rendition of The Cars’ ‘Just What I Needed’.
Over in the now-massive NME / Radio 1 tent, and Jane’s Addiction pulled out while Beady Eye ran through most of their first album, and White Lies, Metronomy, Everything Everything and Noah & The Whale triumphed among numerous others. Let us know your top performance from the tent below.
Some of my personal favourites from the weekend came courtesy of the Festival Republic Stage, from The Antlers, Grouplove and White Denim’s sparsely-attended but no less sublime sets to the jam-packed mini moment during Foster The People’s half hour.
How about the Lock Up / Dance Stage? What was the best thing you saw there? Or was your favourite stuff to be found behind the flaps of the comedy tent, or in front of the BBC Introducing Stage’s small speakers? Or did you just spender the entire weekend like this?
Best bands, best moments, worst moments, lifelong memories – let’s have it.
Who were your top three bands of the weekend?