Reading Festival Photo Blog: Bands, Fans and Freaks


A child dressed like The Joker from Batman at Reading festival 2008. Kids (and adults) were given the chance to watch films in the dance tent including ‘Speed Racer’, ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘I Am Legend’. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


A neon-face painted reveller at Reading festival 2008. Although there were a couple of stalls selling fancy dress the majority of punters arrived in costume and stayed dressed up the whole weekend. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Daniel Blumberg of Cajun Dance Party at Reading festival 2008. The band are taking a month out from touring until they start their Autumn/Winter tour starting in Portsmouth on September 24. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter



Lightspeed Champion at Reading festival 2008. Dev Hynes played out a section of the NME/Radio 1 Stage headliners The Cribs’ ‘I’m A Realist’ as the crowd sung along and then said, "When they play I’m going to be right there!" pointing at the front row. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Dev Hynes a.k.a. Lightspeed Champion at Reading festival 2008. During his NME/Radio 1 Stage set Hynes announced that his Reading and Leeds performances would be one of their last gigs promoting their album ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’, which came out in January. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


The epitome of the British festival season; a family reading The Sun in a muddy field enjoying alcohol from a paper cup. 200,000 tickets sold out in 24 hours for the Reading and Leeds festival and weekend tickets went in just two hours. Families were also catered for with film showings in the dance tent for kids and adults. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


A couple enjoying each otherâ



The crowd, and a Tuborg lager cardboard cut-out at Reading festival 2008. A fire broke out in the car park of the festival on Saturday (August 23) after a punter lost control of a barbeque with around 10 cars said to have been set alight. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


More punters enjoying the muddiness at Reading festival 2008. There were a number of options for the less hardcore festival-goer however, including podpads which had mirrors, electricity, tinted windows and even curtains. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


A pair of rather worse-for-wear socks on a punter at this yearâ


A punter dressed as The Hitcher from The Mighty Boosh at Reading festival 2008. There’s also an array of balloon headgear in this shot which were available from one of the stalls on the site, as well as from a mobile balloonist roaming the site. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter



One of the many food stalls on site at Reading festival 2008. The chips in this shot would have set you back £2.50. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Lightspeed Champion on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival 2008. Dev Hynes and his band played a couple of new songs, including ‘The Kids’ and ‘Marlene’. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Max Bloom* of Cajun Dance Party getting caught short backstage before his band’s set on NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival 2008. Read NME’s backstage experience at Reading and Leeds in this week’s magazine. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


The crowd in the NME/Radio 1 tent watching Cajun Dance Party at Reading festival 2008. The tent was at capacity when the London five-piece took to the stage on Saturday (August 23). Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Cajun Dance Party backstage at Reading festival 2008. The London five-piece, three of whom were dressed in black leather jackets for their show, performed tracks from their debut album ‘The Colourful Life’, as well as new song ‘Five Days’, during their forty-minute set. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Cajun Dance Party on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading festival 2008. The band played a number of singles from their debut album â


A metaller at Reading festival 2008. Sunday at Reading was Metal day with Metallica, Tenacious D and The Cribs playing. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold both pulled out at the last minute. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Pete Doherty on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival 2008. The band played at the same time as Main Stage headliners Rage Against The Machine yet still managed to pack it out. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Drew McConnell of Babyshambles headlining the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading festival. During the show frontman Pete Doherty made reference to the fact that his band had been banned from appearing at another festival recently because they "incite violence". He later leapt into the crowd causing pandemonium. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


The crowd waiting for Babyshambles on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading Festival 2008. The stage was rammed, despite the London-based band having to compete against Rage Against The Machine on the Main Stage. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Blaine Harrison from Mystery Jets on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading festival 2008. The frontman recently had to cancel a number of festival appearances because of problems with his feet caused by his Spina Bifida. This was his first live gig since. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Keith Murray on stage with Kai Fish from Mystery Jets at Reading festival 2008. The set was Blaine Harrison’s live return after having to cancel a number of recent festival apperances, including Haldern, because of illness. Murray added vocals to ‘Diamonds In The Dark’. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Another Joker from Batman fan at Reading Festival 2008. Fancy dress formed a theme at the festival and AC/DC kicked off their comeback by asking Reading Festival-goers to dress up as the band’s guitarist Angus, to win a chance to see a one-off dress rehearsal from the band in the US. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Reading festival-goers 2008 complete with sheep headgear and retro shades. 80,000 people descended on Little Johns Farm last weekend to see the likes of Rage Against The Machine and Babyshambles. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


A mass of dreadlocks and ribbons in a punter’s hair at last weekend’s (August 23-25 2008) Reading festival. Podpads and Myhabs were available for those festival-goers who couldn’t live without their straighteners or make-up – complete with plug sockets and vanity mirrors. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Iron Man takes on Captain America at this Reading festival 2008. Fans caused chaos in the BBC Introducing stage on Sunday (August 24) as rumours spread that The FF’ers were actually the Foo Fighters in disguise. When the crowd realised they weren’t the American rockers but in fact were the English punk band they threw plastic bottles and mud at the stage. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Smoke from a fire in the car park as seen from the festival site. Allegedly a BBQ got out of hand and set fire to the grass before spreading through 19 cars; 12 were completely burnt out with the others having fire damage. It took 10 firefighters to bring it under control. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


The crowd at Reading festival 2008. Charity ActionAid and 254 Reading festival-goers broke the Guinness World Record for the largest air guitar ensemble at the event on Thursday (August 21) in the ‘Bollocks To Poverty’ tent’. They rocked out to Bon Jovi’s ‘You Give Love a Bad Name.’ Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Skulls on sticks for sale at Reading festival 2008. These are some of the more frightening items for offer on one of the 30 non-food stalls which also sold balloon hats and Jamaican-inspired clothes. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


Scooby Doo, Tinky Winky and Po from the Teletubbies and a man with neon paint on his face and a Superman t-shirt. A large number of groups were at this year’s event on their hen and stag dos. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


A Reading festival-goer 2008 dressed in a tutu sat on a blanket. Tutus were a common theme at this year’s event. One steward at the festival said he saw ‘a guy who spent his entire time in just a tutu and a fur coat even when it was raining!’. Pic: Jacob Perlmutter


On sale now: the huge 100-page Reading and Leeds special issue of NME. Featuring reports and interviews from all of the bands that matter, plus free posters, including aerial photos. It’s the definitive review of the festival!