Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festivals 2007 ultimate review

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The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals were brought to a close on Sunday night, marking the end of the biggest weekend (August 24-26) in many music fans’ calendars.

Hadouken! were the first band to set pulses really racing in Leeds, with a frenetic afternoon set on Friday (August 24).

Over in Reading The Gossip’s Beth Ditto upped the nudity ante by stripping down to her underwear and bending over to give the Main Stage crowd an eyeful during ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’, which became one of the festival’s anthems.

Later in the afternoon, in the Reading NME/Radio One Tent, Enter Shikari got controversial by slagging off Interpol and Razorlight, while encouraging the audience to shout “Shit” repeatedly.

Over in Leeds, Nine Inch Nails played a high-octane set of industrial metal on the Main Stage, teeing up headliners Smashing Pumpkins, who NIN fron-man Trent Reznor had previously slagged off.

In Reading, Razorlight played the the biggest gig of their career to a mixed reception from the crowd.

Saturday (August 25) began in Reading with a morning set of jaunty pop-rock from Pete And The Pirates, who then headed into the campsites to play a series of spontaneous gigs, before Foals stepped up a gear and played to a ram-packed Carling Tent.

Over in Leeds, The Horrors covered Joy Division during a high-octane afternoon slot.

Things got more political in Leeds on the Main Stage, with Gossip singer Beth Ditto slamming a fan for waving a Confederate flag. Meanwhile in Reading The Young Knives played four new songs in the NME/Radio 1 Tent.

The Enemy’s Andy Hopkins didn’t have as much fun as the punters he was playing to in Leeds, when a security guard mistook him for a stage-invading fan and grabbed him round the neck.

Panic! At The Disco had a similarly tough time, getting bottled again in Reading, but still came through with an eventually well-received set – and no-one got knocked out this year.

Things got really hot, though, later on in the afternoon in Reading, when Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil set fire to his guitar at the end of his band’s rapturously-received set, before smashing the flaming axe over the stage.

It was a more explosive show than the Red Hot Chili Peppersheadline slot on the Main Stage later in the evening, as the band dealt with booing and fans leaving due to sound problems and the decision by the band to perform a series of extended funk jams despite crowd cries for the hits.

Into Sunday (August 26), Nine Black Alps played new songs in Reading with The Sunshine Underground doing the same.

However the most sardine-like crowd in Reading arrived for Kate Nash’s afternoon slot in the Carling Tent, with thousands piling in and around the tent to catch a glimpse.

GallowsReading Lock-Up Stage show later on in the Reading afternoon was almost as rammed, and the crowd were treated to the site of singer Frank Carter getting tattooed live on-stage before climbing 15 feet of rigging, before Smashng Pumpkins brought the event to a close.

Along the way NME convinced Hadouken! to take part in a Q&A with fans on Aleternative Stage in Leeds, while down in Reading We Are Scientists also faced their public, revealing they want Razorlight played at their funerals.

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