Dissected: Reading Festival 2009

We pick apart this year's biggest rock weekender

Photographer:Peter Corkhill

02 September 2009

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Arctic Monkeys, Faith No More, Kings Of Leon and more

Full Reading Festival review

‘On paper Reading 2009 had all the hallmarks of a classic but with abominable sound levels on the main stage, the same shortcomings in the event are becoming an all too familiar storyline.’

Reading Festival photos

All the snaps from the 2009 edition – can you spot yourself?

Reading Festival top ten bands: Main Stage

‘“They’re the biggest tits I’ve seen at a festival,” declared bassist Keiren Webster before ‘5 Rebeccas’, who’d either spotted some eye-catching knockers or been watching Crystal Castles in the Radio 1/NME Stage.’

Reading Festival top ten bands: Radio 1/NME Stage

‘“Congratulations for getting in the tent. You’re going to witness the best fucking set of the festival,”’

Reading Festival top ten bands: Lock Up/Dance Tent

‘Chris Farren sounds like Alex Turner after a heavy night on whiskey crossed with Bruce Springsteen.’

Reading Festival news round-ups
‘"To be fair, the sound has been massively better,” said organiser Melvin Benn, “the gusts of winds have been difficult. It’s generally a British summer issue."’

Reading Festival 2009 took place at St Johns Farm, Reading from 28-30 August.

Click here to buy tickets to Reading Festival 2010.

You can also take part in our Reading main stage volume poll on the site. Click here to go to the Virtual Festivals homepage and scroll down on the right hand side of the site to vote whether you think the main stage volume was better, worse or no different from last 2008. Results to be published next week.


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