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The Story of Reading & Leeds 2016 In Photos

This year’s Reading Festival headliners are Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, Fall Out Boy and for the fourth time, Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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The country's youth descended on Little John's Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds on Wednesday, many celebrating exam results from the past two weeks.

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Meanwhile at Leeds, post-punk rockers Spring King were all smiles ahead of their slot on the NME / Radio One Stage.

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Grime king JME proved his big stage chops once more when Boy Better Know came to Reading 2016 on the Main Stage.

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JME was joined by big brother Skepta. Together they proved why grime is the single biggest movement in music at the moment.

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Madrid garage-rock four-piece Hinds rocked the NME / Radio 1 stage with a hugely fun set that endeared them to thousands of new fans.

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We caught up with Chvrches for an intimate photo shoot ahead of their euphoric set on the Main Stage.

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Wiley, the godfather of grime, showed the kids how its done.

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Drummer Josh Dun also did a spot of crowdsurfing, but he managed it without leaving his drumkit. Yep, that's right - he got their fans to sail him and his drums over their heads.

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Foals capped off a perfect first day at Reading 2016 with an incendiary headline set on the Main Stage.

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Disclosure's Guy Lawrence popped in for a quick tune too. The electro-pop dynamo joined Yannis & Co. onstage for one of their oldest songs, 'Two Steps Twice'.

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Whitney puckered up and showed just how much they love each other during their set full of swooning romance.

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Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry surveyed her audience as the Glaswegian trio made the step up to the Main Stage on Friday night.

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The three Scots belted out some of their finest, smooth synth-pop mega tunes like 'Bury It' and 'The Mother We Share' as the sun set on the first day of the festival.

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Frank Turner belted out more of his anthemic punk tunes on Leeds Main Stage on Saturday.

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Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes looked like he was having the most fun during the band's Main Stage set.

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He was decked out in a dapper white suit, topped off with a Native American headdress. Standard attire on the Main Stage.

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Brummie rapper Lady Leshurr proved once again she's the next queen of grime with a bombastic set at Leeds.

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Die Antwoord's fans had some sage advice for the South African ravers over on the Main Stage.

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American rock trio Highly Suspect brought their debut album 'Mister Asylum' to Reading for the first time.

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You Me At 6 were Saturday's surprise set and made everyone in The Pit stage very, very sweaty.

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Slaves looked like they were taking their Main Stage set very seriously, turning up all suited and booted (but Isaac still managed to show off his chest).

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Guitarist Laurie Vincent put in the hard graft, shredding out those signature heavy riffs while pulling mad shapes like this.

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Skepta's lil' bro JME rocked up to Leeds' Main Stage with grime crew Boy Better Know.

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Scottish synth-poppers Chvrches battled the rain during their Leeds set, but came out on top in the end.

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Nas brought some of his finest tracks to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, including 'Hip Hop Is Dead' and a cover of Eurhythmics' 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)'.

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EDM megastars Diplo and Skrillex closed the first day's proceedings on the NME/Radio 1 Stage with a shedload of bangers in their set.

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Disclosure co-headlined Leeds on Saturday night, and the Lawrence brothers didn't disappoint. They played a hit-loaded set perfectly laying the groundwork for Foals' closing performance.

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Welsh grime punks Astroid Boys delivered one the surprise joys of the weekend – their Radio 1Xtra set was seething, exciting and explosive, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising young bands.

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As Harry Hill would say: "Fiiiiiight!"

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Imagine being in the middle of 'This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race' and being faced with this terrifying sight.

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He is safe... for now.

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That light is not dangerous; it is a guarded source of light and Pete is safe.

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Machine Gun Kelly lived up to his live name and looked quite frightening.

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