LEEDS FESTIVAL 2005

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Date: 26 Aug 2005 - 28 Aug 2005

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Venue: Bramham Park, UK

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Leeds Festival raises 20 000 for local hospice

Leeds Festival raises 20 000 for local hospice

In support of a council initiative to reduce congestion in the city, Leeds Festival offered its visitors a low impact option of getting to and from the festival this year, which also raised funds for a childrens' hospice.

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Nokia RAW activity @ Leeds - Sunday

Nokia RAW activity @ Leeds - Sunday

Today in the Nokia RAW tent at Leeds, you can catch a masterclass and intimate acoustic performance from ex-Libertine and Yeti frontman John Hassel plus there's the chance to win exclusive side of stage viewing and a backstage tour!

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Monkey mayhem at Leeds

Monkey mayhem at Leeds

Always destined to be THE hot new band of the weekend, Arctic Monkeys look set to follow in the hallowed footsteps of Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines with a monumental Leeds debut.

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Nokia RAW activity @ Leeds - Saturday

Nokia RAW activity @ Leeds - Saturday

Get ready for another day of maximum rock n' roll with some DJ action thrown in at the Nokia RAW tent. If you get there early enough, you can even participate in a Masterclass with the boys from Elbow!

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Blue skies seal glorious second day of Leeds 2005

Blue skies seal glorious second day of Leeds 2005

Saturday at Leeds saw the sun shine, the crowds swell and the Northern bands steal the show during the afternoon. Then the Yanks arrived with The Killers and Pixies and stole the flag.

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Grohl back on drums at Reading!

Grohl back on drums at Reading!

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl thrilled fans during their headline show at Reading by picking up sticks for the first time at the venue since he performed at the festival with Nirvana 13 years ago! (in 1992)

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Leeds gets off to a high octane start

Leeds gets off to a high octane start

Leeds Festival has kicked off in typically raucous fashion. Tens of thousands defied the rain to pitch up on Thursday night. As the sun went down, the party went off, with every corner of the site rocking into the early hours.

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Watch bands from the side of the stage at Leeds!

Watch bands from the side of the stage at Leeds!

If you're at Leeds Festival reading this on your mobile or know someone who is there, Nokia are offering the chance to watch four main stage bands - including headliners Iron Maiden - from the side of the stage!

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Iron Maiden nervous about Reading and Leeds

Iron Maiden nervous about Reading and Leeds

Bruce Dickinson has revealed that Reading and Leeds are very important shows for him as Reading was the first festival he went to as a kid, and he was originally asked to join Maiden when he was there!

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Leeds Festival - Signing Tent Times

Leeds Festival - Signing Tent Times

If you're at Leeds this weekend and fancy a chinwag with The Killers, Razorlight or Elbow among others, you'd best get yourself to the NME Signing tent. Find the full times here.

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Star guests fill in for muted Rakes singer at Leeds!

Star guests fill in for muted Rakes singer at Leeds!

Rakes singer Alan Donohoe arrived at Leeds this morning under the weather and without voice! Fortunately, he had some celebrity friends on-hand to fill in and ensure that the show went on!

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GLC up the ante at Reading

GLC up the ante at Reading

Goldie Lookin' Chain got Reading off to a flying start. Do Me Bad Things had opened this year's festival, but it was the arrival of Newport's rip hoppers that really got the party started - 1983 style!

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Reading bows for new Elbow video!

Reading bows for new Elbow video!

Elbow's Guy Garvey invited thousands of festival fans to become part of the bands next video by getting their knees muddy!

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QOTSA play longest tune of the day at Reading

QOTSA play longest tune of the day at Reading

The Queens ended their set with a mammoth, twelve minute version of 'No One Knows'! Josh Homme said it was his way of saying 'We love you, Reading'

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Pixies close fine day of Reading rock

Pixies close fine day of Reading rock

As the last chord of 'Gigantic' rang out across the festival site, Reading was a sea of euphoria. It was a fitting conclusion to an exceptional day of rock that had also featured The Killers, Kasabian, BRMC and, er, Fightstar

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K bands kiss goodbye to debut albums at Reading

K bands kiss goodbye to debut albums at Reading

The Killers and Kasabian have both used their performances at Reading today as poignant send-offs for their debut albums - their last live appearances before both bands hit the studio to record their follow-ups.

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Iron Maiden rock Leeds to triumphant close

Iron Maiden rock Leeds to triumphant close

Betraying their earlier nerves, Iron Maiden delivered a headline performance that was nothing short of spectacular - a deafening, colourful feast for the eyes and ears. It marked the end of a satisfying first day of rock at the Leeds Festival.

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Reading/Leeds bands play 'secret gigs'

Reading/Leeds bands play 'secret gigs'

Kasabian and Editors are both playing secret warm up gigs in London ahead of their appearances at the Carling: Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend.

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Late night at Leeds Festival with Oxfam

Late night at Leeds Festival with Oxfam

Thanks to Oxfam you'll have somewhere to go when bands finish at the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival this weekend. Visit Oxfam's chill out tent for chill out days and hedonisic nights!

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Podpads: The ultimate festival accommodation

Podpads: The ultimate festival accommodation

They were the were the talking point of the Guest Area at Glastonbury this year and were voted "Best Place to Camp" by the NME. Rightly so - they're awesome, and you could have one at Leeds Festival!

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Music Masterclasses at Carling Weekend

Music Masterclasses at Carling Weekend

Nokia is offering rock-relishing festival goers the chance to pick up expert music tips from top live acts like Elbow, Yeti, and The Subways at this weekend's Reading and Leeds festivals.

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Battered Maiden bounce back for Carling Weekend

Battered Maiden bounce back for Carling Weekend

In the wake of the extraordinary events that saw the band pelted with eggs and their live set sabotaged by event staff at their recent US Ozzfest show, Iron Maiden are in high spirits for their headline stints at Reading and Leeds this weekend.

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More dance acts for Reading/Leeds

More dance acts for Reading/Leeds

A diverse mix of dance acts have been added to the Reading and Leeds lineups. Dreadzone, Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band, Kano and loads more will all be playing on the Dance Stage.

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New bands stage at Leeds Festival

New bands stage at Leeds Festival

This year's Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival will feature some of the newest and best talent the North of England has to offer, with Lee Sounds Unsigned providing a stage for the first time.

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Cold beer amnesty at Carling weekend!

Cold beer amnesty at Carling weekend!

Hurrah! Carling have declared war on warm beer at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals. At both sites throughout the weekend, you'll be able to swap your sun-spoilt cans with ice-chilled replacements.

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Dance headliners for Reading/Leeds

Dance headliners for Reading/Leeds

Mylo, Lemon Jelly, and Audio Bullies have been announced as the dance stage headliners for the Reading and Leeds festivals.

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Reading/Leeds Carling Stage unveiled

Reading/Leeds Carling Stage unveiled

Cherubs, The Paddingtons, Ladytron, The Caesars and Mystery Jets are among the bands that have just been confirmed for the Carling Stage at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals.

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Dinosaur Jr for Reading/Leeds

Dinosaur Jr for Reading/Leeds

Dinosaur Jr have been announced as the replacement band for Jimmy Eat World at this year's Carling Weekend, performing in between The Charlatans and Roots Manuva at the two events.

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New rock stage for Reading/Leeds

New rock stage for Reading/Leeds

The Transplants have been lined up to headline the new Radio 1/Lock Up Stage at this year's Reading/Leeds festivals, with Bad Religion, Hatebreed, and No Comply also on the bill.

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Jimmy Eat World ditch Reading/Leeds

Jimmy Eat World ditch Reading/Leeds

Jimmy Eat World have cancelled their appearance at the Reading/Leeds festivals so that they can support Green Day on tour in the States.

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Three more acts for Reading/Leeds

Three more acts for Reading/Leeds

Finch, The Wedding Present, and All American Rejects have been added to the lineup for the Carling Weekend.

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BSP, The Others, more for Reading/Leeds

BSP, The Others, more for Reading/Leeds

A bundle of bands have just been added to beef up the Radio 1 / NME stages at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, including Hot Hot Heat, Willy Mason and Maximo Park.

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British Sea Power reveal festival dates

British Sea Power reveal festival dates

British Sea Power have revealed their UK summer festival plans and are set to play Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summer Sundae, and perhaps most intriguingly, Bestival.

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More acts for Reading/Leeds

More acts for Reading/Leeds

Funeral For A Friend, LCD Soundsystem, and Roots Manuva are among several acts to have been added to the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival line-up.

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Power: "We'll sell out in two weeks"

Power: "We'll sell out in two weeks"

Mean Fiddler mogul Vince Power has warned festival fans not to hang around buying tickets for the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals, claiming it will sell out in a fortnight.

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Reading/Leeds line-up announced!

Reading/Leeds line-up announced!

As expected Pixies, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters will headline this year's Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds Festivals - but there are a few big surprises too!

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'Early' Iron Maiden for Reading/Leeds

'Early' Iron Maiden for Reading/Leeds

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson has revealed the band will only be playing material from their first four albums at the Carling Reading/Leeds Festival to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

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Leeds Festival granted license

Leeds Festival granted license

The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival has been granted it's licence for 2005, after city councillors approved its application from organisers Mean Fiddler in record time.

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Reading/Leeds festival headliners?

Reading/Leeds festival headliners?

Pixies, Foo Fighters and Iron Maiden have been reported as confirmed headliners for this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, although Mean Fiddler claims "it's all rumours".

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More rumours for Reading/Leeds

More rumours for Reading/Leeds

Almost a dozen bands are now rumoured to be playing at this year's Carling Reading/Leeds festival, following reports that Pixies, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters will be headlining.

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Headliners booked for Reading/Leeds

Headliners booked for Reading/Leeds

Two out of the three main stage headliners for next year's Carling Reading and Leeds festivals have already been decided upon, according to Mean Fiddler's director of festivals Melvin Benn.

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The UK Festival Awards - at last!

The UK Festival Awards - at last!

If you're reading this, chances are, your life is enriched every year by one or more festivals. Like us, you're probably desperate for a way to say a simple "thank you" to the organisers and artists that make each summer unforgettable. Well, here it is!

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Reading/Leeds 2005 tickets on sale now!

Reading/Leeds 2005 tickets on sale now!

After scores of festival fans were left disappointed when both legs of last weekend's Carling Weekend sold out in record time, organisers have put tickets for next year's events on sale early.

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