Muse close Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

And Arctic Monkeys say goodbye until 2007

Muse have brought to a close Carling Weekend: Leeds with a spectacular set at Bramham Park tonight (August 27).

The band played a bunch of tracks from their latest album ‘Black Holes And Revelations’ on the main stage, the highlight of which was a stunning rendition of new single ‘Starlight’.

Earlier, the heavens opened up as singer Matt Bellamy strapped on a silver guitar and opened with ‘Knights Of Cydonia’.


In reference to the evening’s stormy conditions he told the crowd: “This next song describes how the rain feels,” before he launched into their cover of Nina Simone‘s ‘Feeling Good’.

The three piece also included crowd favourites ‘Plug In Baby’, ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘Time Is Running Out’.

Earlier, Arctic Monkeys drew the biggest crowd of the weekend for their Yorkshire homecoming show, a year on from when they first thrilled Bramham Park.

Former bassist Andy Nicholson was on site as the Sheffield four-piece rolled through the likes of ‘Mardy Bum’, Number One hits ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ plus recent single ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’.

The show marked the Monkeys‘ last gig of the year, and during closer ‘A Certain Romance’ frontman Alex Turner looked visibly moved.

Similarly, The Streets also played their final gig of 2006, referencing lines of songs by Arctic Monkeys, The Automatic, Razorlight and Joan Jett during their set.


Skinner urged the crowd to duck down before he told them to “fucking jump up” during a series of hits from their back catalogue including single ‘Fit But You Know It’ and chart topper ‘Dry Your Eyes’.

Fans are now making their way off the site as the three day festival draws to a close.

To review coverage from this year’s event, including pictures and blogs go to NME.COM/festivals now.

Meanwhile for the ultimate review of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals get next week’s issue of NME on newsstands nationwide from August 30.