The story of Reading Festival 2019 – in photos

Reading Festival 2019 is at an end, and we’ve seen the likes of Post Malone, The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots deliver stunning sets over a scorching weekend.

Here’s the story of the how it all went down, in pics.



1Friday: Charli XCX

Charli XCX at Reading
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Charli wows the crowd with a mix of stone-cold bangers and new tunes from upcoming album 'Charli', out Sep 13.

2Friday: The Chats

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Aussie punks The Chats stormed Friday. Anyone for a Smoko?

3Friday: The Wombats

The Wombats Reading Festival 2019
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4Friday: Mini Mansions

Mini Mansions Reading 2019
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Mini Mansions get the BBC Radio 1 Stage going during their early afternoon set.

5Friday: Clairo

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Clairo performing in the UK for the first time since the release of her dreamy debut album, 'Immunity'.

6Friday: The 1975

The 1975 at Reading 2019
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As the sun goes down, it's time for the first headliners of the weekend, The 1975, who kick off with rowdy new track 'People'...

7Friday: The 1975

The 1975 at Reading 2019
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The 1975 bloody love a pink rectangle.

8Friday: The 1975

The 1975 at Reading 2019
Heeeeere's Matty, getting up close and personal with the fans.

9Friday: The 1975

The 1975 at Reading 2019
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Bunny hats and backpacks are the order of the day when Matty gets on his famous travelator for 'Sincerity is Scary'.

READ MORE: The 1975 at Reading: a politically-charged and empowering triumph for Britain’s biggest band

10Saturday: Poppy

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Things get futuristic as Poppy performs on The Pit/Lock Up Stage.

11Saturday: Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish
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The biggest crowd of the weekend? The cult of Billie just keeps on growing. Spotted side of stage: Dave Grohl and daughter Violet.

12Saturday: Slowthai

Slowthai Reading Festival 2019
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Tyron Frampton. He's lost his trousers, but he's still the ultimate showman.

13Saturday: Slowthai

Slowthai Reading 2019
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Bottoms up, Slowthai!

14Saturday: Slowthai

Slowthai Reading 2019
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Slowthai draws one of the biggest crowds of the weekend on the Radio 1 stage. The Doorman cometh!

15Saturday: Anderson Paak

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Anderson Paak brings the party on a sun-soaked Saturday afternoon.

16Saturday: Blossoms

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Blossoms have been kicking around for the whole weekend, building up to their third-from-the-top slot on the Main Stage. Massive!

17Saturday: Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots at Reading festival
Skeleton Clique assemble! Twenty One Pilots bring fire, and plenty of it, to their co-headline set.

18Saturday: Twenty One Pilots

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Who else would bring burning cars, back-flipping drummers and ample pyro to the Main Stage? Nice one, Josh and Tyler.

19Saturday: Post Malone

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Posty delivers a stunning Saturday headline set, instantly silencing the doubters

20Saturday: Post Malone

Post Malone Reading Festival 2019
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Same time next year, Posty?

21Sunday: Yungblud

Yungblud's pop punk sets Reading's Main Stage alight, then Machine Gun Kelly joins in for ‘I Think I’m Okay’.

22Sunday: The Distillers

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The Distillers return to Reading Festival for the first time since 2004, and boy it's good to have them back.

READ MORE: The Distillers’ grindhouse glory takes Reading straight back to 2004

23Sunday: Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly's Sunday set was the perfect warmup for an evening of bellowing back Foos anthems. And Yungblud payed back the earlier favour, joining his pal on stage for their collab ‘I Think I’m Okay’.

24Sunday: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Get in the pit, Frank!

25Sunday: Enter Shikari

This is Enter Shikari's fourth of five sets at Reading and Leeds. Knackered, presumably?

READ MORE: Enter Shikari make Reading 2019 want to punch a gibbon

26Sunday: Chvrches

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Chvrches return to Reading for a stunning evening show.

27Sunday: Bastille

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28Sunday: Foo Fighters

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The Foos pull out all the stops for their fourth Reading Festival headline slot, in a killer three -hour show full of every single one of the hits and (of course!) a Rick Astley guest appearance.

READ MORE: Fourth time’s the charm: Foo Fighters deliver their loud love letter to Reading

29Sunday: Foo Fighters

The Foos try and get Oasis back together, firstly with Taylor Hawkins' bass drum showing the faces of Liam and Noel Gallagher, and secondly with the drummer telling the crowd: “One of these days we’ll get Oasis back. One of these days." If anyone can do it, it's Taylor.