Saturday is underway at Reading and Leeds and the action’s happening thick and fast. DZ Deathrays were among the early bands kicking things off in Reading on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage, bringing the cacophonous sounds of their new album ‘Black Rat’ to violent life.
The Aussie duo were in imperious form. Viva la Deathrays!
MØ, aka Denmark’s Karen Marie Ørsted, gave a winning performance at Reading that included a woozy pop spin on the Spice Girls’ ‘Say You’ll Be There’.
More MØ, no problems, eh lads?
Lo-fi punk masterminds Bloody Knees caused a wild circle pit during their Reading set earlier.
Hudson Taylor drew a big crowd in Leeds.
Jake Bugg was introduced by Huw Stephens as he surprised fans with his low key set.
Well, I guess that’s one way to dress for a festival.
Crowds taking in the sunshine (well, not quite) at Reading earlier outside the signing tent.
The mighty Slaves bringing the noise in Leeds.
Yorkshire rippers Pulled Apart By Horses bringing songs from their incoming third album ‘Blood’ to the Main Stage.
Highlight of Pulled Apart By Horses’ set? A tie-up between a raucous cover of the Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, the dude in the crowd who dressed in a horse costume especially, and frontman Tom Hudson’s tribute to “seven foot ginger sexy bastard” Homme.
A rainbow over the Leeds site. Ain’t that nice.
Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell is so talented, she can do flamingo impressions while rocking out on stage.
Wolf Alice make the most of their photo opportunity in Reading.
One festival-goer appears to have contracted an exotic leg-vomiting bug.
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Rou Reynolds gives it his all during Enter Shikari’s set at Leeds.
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The frontman gets intimate with his fans in front of the Main Stage.
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Drummer Rob Rolfe gives the crowd a big thumbs up.
The Birmingham band previewed tracks from their second album as they played on the Main Stage for the first time.
The comedian gives the Leeds crowd his seal of approval with a double thumbs up.
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Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig clearly stopped off in JD Sport on his way up to Leeds.
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The frontman tries his best Usain Bolt impression during Vampire Weekend’s Main Stage set.
Fat White Family’s Lias goes on the prowl in Leeds.
During ‘Bomb Disneyland’ Saoudi charged along the front row of the stage in a typically unpredictable moment of the band’s show.
Guitarist Liam Matthews makes like his bandmate and keeps his shades on for Eagulls’ Festival Republic appearance.
Brody Dalle lets it all out in Leeds.
The former Distillers frontwoman brought some punk attitude to the Lock Up Stage.
South African group Die Antwoord brought their rap-rave to the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Reading.
Things get otherworldly and intense with Die Antwoord…
This man’s prepared for any sudden downpours.
Circa Waves whip their hair back and forth at Reading.
The Brixton boys dedicated a song to their friends and Festival Republic headliners Palma Violets as the quartet made their first appearance at the festival.
The Amazing Snakeheads’ Dale Barclay does his best Lias Saoudi impression as he unveils his band’s new lineup.
The singer-songwriter followed his stellar headline set on Glastonbury’s headline set with a turn on Reading’s Main Stage.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman shrouded in light in Reading.
The London indie band gave a taste of what to expect on their December tour as they played tracks from new album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’.
Palma Violets’ Chilli Jesson shows off his silky shirt to the crowd.
Childhood’s Ben Romans-Hopcraft unexpectedly joined his friends on stage to contribute guest vocals to ‘We Found Love’.
Nero’s Alana Watson busts a move in Reading.
Her bandmates Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray orchestrate things from behind their LED platform.
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Josh Homme dons a scarf for Queens’ Leeds set.
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A bit of hip-shaking from the QOTSA man mountain himself.
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Hayley’s sister Erica joined the band on stage for set closer ‘Ain’t It Fun’.
Security man the pit as Hayley dances on in the background.
Alex Turner pulled out all his best rock star poses during Arctic Monkeys’ headline set at Reading.
The Sheffield band will bring their ‘AM’ campaign to a close in Leeds tomorrow night. The northern crowd will have a lot to live up to though, as Turner told Reading: “You’re a fucking good crowd Reading. I like you very much.”