The story of Reading & Leeds Festival 2017 – in photos

All of the action from across the two festivals

Reading and Leeds Festival is over for another year, and it has been epic.

From a storming solo set from Liam Gallagher to a triumphant return from Eminem, it’s been a massive triumph.

Here’s the story of the festival in glorious photos.

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Check back at NME for the latest photos, news, interviews and more from Reading & Leeds 2017.

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1A secret set from Queens Of The Stone Age

Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds Festival 2017
Queens Of The Stone Age kicked off Leeds Festival 2017 with a blistering live set NME/Andy Ford
Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds Festival 2017

2Josh Homme and QOTSA at Leeds

Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds Festival 2017
"It's a fucking pleasure to be here" - Josh Homme told the Leeds 2017 crowd NME/Andy Ford
Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds Festival 2017

3Leeds Festival

It's looking pretty grey, but Leeds Festival is staying dry as festival-goers head to the main stage for the first day REX Features.
Leeds Festival main stage

4What a good idea

We need to get ourselves one of these awesome beer-holsters
We need to get ourselves one of these awesome beer-holsters Andy Ford
We need to get ourselves one of these awesome beer-holsters

5Muddy feet at Leeds

Buy some wellies, mate
Buy some wellies, mate Andy Ford
Buy some wellies, mate

6Sløtface on The Pit Stage

Rising Norwegian punks Sløtface killed it on The Pit stage
Rising Norwegian punks Sløtface killed it on The Pit stage Andy Ford
Rising Norwegian punks Sløtface killed it on The Pit stage

7Haley Shea with Sløtface

Sløtface's debut album 'Try Not To Freak Out' is out on September 15 Andy Ford

8Jimmy Eat World rule Reading

Jimmy Eat World Getty
Jimmy Eat World brought the sunshine to Reading with a massive set that saw them ending, of course, with 'The Middle'.

9It just takes some time...

Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins gets the Reading crowd on his side
Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins gets the Reading crowd on his side Getty
Jimmy Eat World's Jim Adkins gets the Reading crowd on his side

10Who doesn't love Giggs?

The crowd went wild at Giggs brought a little grime to Leeds' main stage
The crowd went wild at Giggs brought a little grime to Leeds' main stage Andy Ford
The crowd went wild at Giggs brought a little grime to Leeds' main stage

11Leeds loves grime

Giggs was the first act on the main stage to really help Leeds Festival 2017 out of their minds
Giggs was the first act on the main stage to really help Leeds Festival 2017 out of their minds Andy Ford
Giggs was the first act on the main stage to really help Leeds Festival 2017 out of their minds

12Anne Marie brings the party...

Anne Marie conquered Reading with a massive NME/Radio 1 stage performance on Friday Getty

13Happy punters at Leeds

Now that's real festival chic
Now that's real festival chic Andy Ford
Now that's real festival chic

14The pit opens up at Leeds

Leeds Festival knows how to party
Leeds Festival knows how to party Andy Ford
Leeds Festival knows how to party

15Heads up!

Always crowdsurf responsibly
Always crowdsurf responsibly Andy Ford
Always crowdsurf responsibly

16Chilling with Blossoms

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17Blossoms triumph at Leeds

Blossoms covered John Lennon and The Smiths during their triumphant Leeds set Getty
Blossoms covered John Lennon and The Smiths during their triumphant Leeds set

18Blossoms smash Leeds

Blossoms smashed the main stage at Leeds on Friday evening
Blossoms smashed the main stage at Leeds on Friday evening Getty
Blossoms smashed the main stage at Leeds on Friday evening

19LIAM! LIAM! LIAM!

Liam Gallagher brought an epic smattering of Oasis classics to Leeds - plus a taster of his debut solo album 'As You Were'
Liam Gallagher brought an epic smattering of Oasis classics to Leeds - plus a taster of his debut solo album 'As You Were' Andy Ford
Liam Gallagher brought an epic smattering of Oasis classics to Leeds - plus a taster of his debut solo album 'As You Were'

20As You Were

Liam Gallagher at Leeds:
Liam Gallagher at Leeds: "It's nice to be back in Leeds - the posh bit anyway" Andy Ford
Liam Gallagher at Leeds: "It's nice to be back in Leeds - the posh bit anyway"

21D'ya know what I mean?

Liam's crowd at Leeds was predictably mad for it, with a sea of flares being ignited Andy Ford

22"I said maybe..."

Liam Gallagher ended by telling the crowd
Liam Gallagher ended by telling the crowd "we're gonna do that 'Wonderwall' shit'. Tears followed Andy Ford
Liam Gallagher ended by telling the crowd "we're gonna do that 'Wonderwall' shit'. Tears followed

23All hail Bastille

Bastille had their biggest Reading appearance to date, taking second billing on the main stage behind Kasabian Getty

24Bastille smash Reading

“I can’t believe we get to do this. Thank you for being here
“I can’t believe we get to do this. Thank you for being here", Dan Smith told the Reading crowd. Getty
“I can’t believe we get to do this. Thank you for being here", Dan Smith told the Reading crowd.

25Charli XCX conquers Leeds

Fresh from releasing 'Boys', Charli XCX played a packed-out show on the Radio 1 Dance Stage at Leeds Andy Ford
Fresh from releasing 'Boys', Charli XCX played a packed-out show on the Radio 1 Dance Stage at Leeds

26I was busy thinking bout...

Charli XCX played a barnstorming Leeds set Andy Ford

27Bow down to Charli XCX...

Charli XCX observes her adoring crowd at Leeds
Charli XCX observes her adoring crowd at Leeds Andy Ford
Charli XCX observes her adoring crowd at Leeds

28Queens take their throne...

Josh Homme gave two fingers to the Reading crowd as they played their second set of the day, after playing Leeds on Friday Morning Getty

29No One Knows...

Queens Of The Stone Age opened their Reading set with 'No One Knows'. Massive. Getty
Queens Of The Stone Age opened their Reading set with 'No One Knows'. Massive.

30Este Haim looking classy as f**k

It's impossible not to have a good time at a HAIM headline set at the NME/Radio One stage
It's impossible not to have a good time at a HAIM headline set at the NME/Radio One stage Andy Ford
It's impossible not to have a good time at a HAIM headline set at the NME/Radio One stage

31Now THAT'S a bass face

Here's Este Haim doing what she does best at Leeds Festival 2017
Here's Este Haim doing what she does best at Leeds Festival 2017 Andy Ford
Here's Este Haim doing what she does best at Leeds Festival 2017

32Can Haim play all the time?

"Are you ready to fucking rock or what?" - Danielle Haim at Leeds Festival 2017 Andy Ford
"Are you ready to fucking rock or what?" - Danielle Haim at Leeds Festival 2017

33God bless this Acid House...

Serge and Tom were at their biggest and best on Friday, and even brought out Noel Fielding for 'Vlad The Impaler'
Serge and Tom were at their biggest and best on Friday, and even brought out Noel Fielding for 'Vlad The Impaler' Getty
Serge and Tom were at their biggest and best on Friday, and even brought out Noel Fielding for 'Vlad The Impaler'

34Comeback Kid...

Tom Meighan shrugged off all signs of illness as Kasabian delivered a massive headline set at Reading Getty
Tom Meighan shrugged off all signs of illness as Kasabian delivered a massive headline set at Reading

35Matt Bellamy and Dom Howard rocking out

"That's right, we're Northerners" - joked Bellamy at Leeds Festival Andy Ford
"That's right, we're Northerners" - joked Bellamy at Leeds Festival

36Into the supermassive...

Here's Muse's Matt Bellamy at Leeds Festival 2017 - doing what he does best
Here's Muse's Matt Bellamy at Leeds Festival 2017 - doing what he does best Andy Ford
Here's Muse's Matt Bellamy at Leeds Festival 2017 - doing what he does best

37It's so beautiful

No one puts on a live show quite like Muse
No one puts on a live show quite like Muse Andy Ford
No one puts on a live show quite like Muse

38No one's gonna take me alive....

Muse conquered Leeds as they finished with massive fireworks and a huge rendition of 'Knights of Cydonia'
Muse conquered Leeds as they finished with massive fireworks and a huge rendition of 'Knights of Cydonia' Andy Ford
Muse conquered Leeds as they finished with massive fireworks and a huge rendition of 'Knights of Cydonia'

39The calm before the storm

Atmos Reading
Redferns
Doesn't it look tranquil?

40Wolf Alice blast away the hangovers at Reading

Wolf Alice delivered a secret set at Reading on Saturday morning that acted as the ultimate hangover cure
Wolf Alice delivered a secret set at Reading on Saturday morning that acted as the ultimate hangover cure Getty
Wolf Alice delivered a secret set at Reading on Saturday morning that acted as the ultimate hangover cure

41Yuk Foo

Wolf Alice delivered a secret set at Reading on Saturday morning that acted as the ultimate hangover cure
Singer Ellie Rowsell was on fine form as Wolf Alice mixed songs from their debut with tracks from second album 'A Visions Of A Life' Getty
Wolf Alice delivered a secret set at Reading on Saturday morning that acted as the ultimate hangover cure

42Didn't take long for Reading to get going

Atmos Reading
Redferns
These lads are bloody loving it.

43Pvris storm the main stage at Reading

Pvris' Lynn Gunn rocks the main stage at Reading on Saturday afternoon
Pvris' Lynn Gunn rocks the main stage at Reading on Saturday afternoon Getty
Pvris' Lynn Gunn rocks the main stage at Reading on Saturday afternoon

44Lynn Gunn, guitar hero

PVRIS Reading
WireImage
Look no further for your big riffing and hook-heavy anthems.

45We love The Big Moon

The Big Moon brought some sweet summertime vibes to Leeds festival
The Big Moon brought some sweet summertime vibes to Leeds festival Andy Ford
The Big Moon brought some sweet summertime vibes to Leeds festival

46I REALLY NEED YOU TONIGHT

They even threw in a cover of 'Total Eclipse oF The Heart'
They even threw in a cover of 'Total Eclipse oF The Heart' Andy Ford
The Big Moon at Leeds Festival

47YORRRRKSHIRE!

The sun shines down on Leeds Festival
The sun shines down on Leeds Festival Andy Ford
The sun shines down on Leeds Festival

48Rat Boy goes for a walk

Making his main stage debut, Rat Boy treated Leeds to an electric performance
Making his main stage debut, Rat Boy treated Leeds to an electric performance Andy Ford
Making his main stage debut, Rat Boy treated Leeds to an electric performance

49There ain't no party like a Rat Boy party

So. Much. Fun.
So. Much. Fun. Andy Ford
So. Much. Fun.

50Not Rich, Not Poor, What You Living For?

Rat Boy got up close and personal during a storming set on the Leeds main stage
Rat Boy got up close and personal during a storming set on the Leeds main stage Andy Ford
Rat Boy got up close and personal during a storming set on the Leeds main stage

51Glitter Your Shitter

Some quality advice at Leeds
Some quality advice at Leeds Andy Ford
Some quality advice at Leeds

52Deap Vally

A scorching start to Leeds Festival day two
A scorching start to Leeds Festival day two Andy Ford
A scorching start to Leeds Festival day two

53Deap Vally, killing it

Seriously, can they do that again?
Seriously, can they do that again? Andy Ford
Deap Vally

54Magic Gang on the NME/Radio One Stage

Brighton comes to Leeds Andy Ford
Brighton comes to Leeds

55I'm gonna make the Earth shake tonight

The Big Moon smashed Leeds on Saturday with a massive set on the Festival Republic stage
The Big Moon smashed Leeds on Saturday with a massive set on the Festival Republic stage Andy Ford
The Big Moon smashed Leeds on Saturday with a massive set on the Festival Republic stage

56Avelino on BBC 1Xtra Stage

Meet the new generation of urban music
Meet the new generation of urban music Getty
Meet the new generation of urban music

57"FUCK YOUR OPINION"

An epic crowd chant, courtesy of Avelino
An epic crowd chant, courtesy of Avelino Andy Ford
An epic crowd chant, courtesy of Avelino

58Circa Waves bring the T Shirt Weather to Leeds

This was massive - Circa Waves played their biggest show at Leeds to date with a set on the main stage
This was massive - Circa Waves played their biggest show at Leeds to date with a set on the main stage Andy Ford
This was massive - Circa Waves played their biggest show at Leeds to date with a set on the main stage

59Some quality Liam Gallagher merch

All hail R KID
All hail R KID Andy Ford

60CUT AWAY! CUT AWAY!

At The Drive In - making Reading post-hardcore again Getty
At The Drive In - making Reading post-hardcore again

61Cut away, Cut away...

At The Drive In brought the noise to Reading with their teatime set
At The Drive In brought the noise to Reading with their teatime set Getty
At The Drive In brought the noise to Reading with their teatime set

62Feeling like a freak on a leash...

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT: This was KoRn's first ever Reading & Leeds?
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT: This was KoRn's first ever Reading & Leeds? Getty
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT: This was KoRn's first ever Reading & Leeds?

63Here to Stay

Korn covered Queen and played the bagpipes during their return to Leeds Festival
Korn covered Queen and played the bagpipes during their first ever Reading show Getty
Korn covered Queen and played the bagpipes during their return to Leeds Festival

64Who wants some Bad And Boujee?

That's Migos
That's Migos
That's Migos

65Reading's in desperate need of some suncream

Atmos Reading
Getty Images
Put your hands in the air if you're really, painfully sunburnt...

66Please stand up...

It was a triumphant return to Reading for Marshall... Jeremy Deputat

67Guess who's back?

eminem reading 2017
Eminem returned to Reading on Saturday night for a unbeatable rap masterclass Jeremy Deputat
Eminem returned to Reading on Saturday night for a unbeatable rap masterclass

68I'm On Fire...

Back at Leeds, Kasabian played their second headline slot with a crowd that was, by their own admission, better than Reading
Back at Leeds, Kasabian played their second headline slot with a crowd that was, by their own admission, better than Reading Andy Ford
Back at Leeds, Kasabian played their second headline slot with a crowd that was, by their own admission, better than Reading

69Sigrid

Sigrid brought the moves to the Dance Stage at Leeds on Sunday afternoon
Sigrid brought the moves to the Dance Stage at Leeds on Sunday afternoon
Sigrid brought the moves to the Dance Stage at Leeds on Sunday afternoon

70Marmozets

Marmozets were treated like hometown heroes as they returned to Leeds
Marmozets were treated like hometown heroes as they returned to Leeds Getty
Marmozets were treated like hometown heroes as they returned to Leeds

71Look What The Cat Dragged In....

Giggs' biggest performance at Reading yet saw him being joined by Drake. Huge.
Giggs' biggest performance at Reading yet saw him being joined by Drake. Huge. Getty
Giggs' biggest performance at Reading yet saw him being joined by Drake. Huge.

72Korn

After smashing their Reading debut, it was time for Korn to show Leeds what they had in store

73Game of Gallagher...

Game of Thrones' Samwell Tarly, AKA John Bradley West, was spotted enjoying Liam at Reading
Game of Thrones' Samwell Tarly, AKA John Bradley West, was spotted enjoying Liam at Reading Getty
Game of Thrones' Samwell Tarly, AKA John Bradley West, was spotted enjoying Liam at Reading

74Feeling Supersonic...

Liam returned to Reading with a main stage set that was reportedly blighted by sound issues
Liam returned to Reading with a main stage set that was reportedly blighted by sound issues
Liam returned to Reading with a main stage set that was reportedly blighted by sound issues

75Here's Marshall

Eminem closed Leeds Festival 2017 with an all-conquering set that received the biggest crowd of the weekend
Eminem Ben Bentley/NME
Eminem closed Leeds Festival 2017 with an all-conquering set that received the biggest crowd of the weekend

76Take a stand...

Eminem was on powerful form at Leeds, with a 90-minute career spanning setlist
Eminem was on powerful form at Leeds, with a 90-minute career spanning setlist Ben Bentley/NME
Eminem was on powerful form at Leeds, with a 90-minute career spanning setlist
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