Reading And Leeds Festivals 2012 kick off

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It’s official – Reading And Leeds Festivals 2012 have begun!

Topping the bill in Leeds today, (August 24) are Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and a homecoming show from Kaiser Chiefs. Justice, The Horrors and Two Door Cinema Club are also set to appear on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

On the Reading Main Stage, The Cure will make their first appearance at Reading Festival in 33 years tonight, topping the bill for a two-and-a-half hour set which will draw from material from across their career. Paramore will warm up for Robert Smith and co, on a Main Stage bill that also includes Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles and Deaf Havana.


Over in Leeds, Pulled Apart By Horses, who according to DJ Colin Murray’s introduction, are the first Leeds band to open the festival ever – kicked off by urging the front of the crowd to form a circle pit whilst doing the conga. “It’s a fucking pleasure being here. I can’t lie to you, this is fucking weird,” frontman Tom Hudson told the crowd as guitarist James Brown handed out cans of lager to the first few rows of fans.

According to the Met Office, campers at Bramham Park at Leeds, will be looking for a mostly warm and dry Friday, with rain kicking in towards the evening and continuing into Saturday morning. The bad weather is set to clear for Saturday afternoon, making for a dry headline set from The Cure. Sunday will be dry with sunny spells.

Down in Reading, Friday is set to be dry in the morning with rain hitting later in the afternoon. Saturday will see heavy rain with sunny spells, but is predicted to stay dry for Kasabian‘s headline set on the Main Stage in the evening. Sunday will be mostly dry with sunny spells – with temperatures reaching 20 C at 4pm (BST).

Arriving on site in Leeds, Simon Turton, 20, from Leicester said: “I love Leeds Festival, I’ve been here three times before and I’ve loved it every time. I’m really looking forward to seeing The View, The Black Keys and The Joy Formidable. I’ve seen all three of them before but seeing them at Leeds is going to be something else. I’m not a big fan of the Foo Fighters but I’m looking forward to seeing them because they really put on a show.”


Claire Bury, 18, from Huddersfield added: “This is my second time at Leeds this year. It was so good last year that I just had to come back. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Foo Fighters because they’re ace. In fact, I’m looking forward to all the headliners especially Kasabian.”

Harriet Green, 16, from Yorkshire flagged up The Cribs as her band of the day. She said: “We’ve just got here and it’s a really great atmosphere. I’m really looking forward to seeing The Cribs because they’re my favourite band ever. I think they’re going to be great.”

“Leeds is great because you can come here without a care in the world and escape reality,” Casey Moore, 23, from Leicester said. “Anything goes, what could be better? I’m off to see Tribes and The Joy Formidable today. I can’t wait for The Horrors and The Black Keys especially because they put on a raucous show. So it should be a bit of a wild one.”

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