Reading Festival 2005

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Date: 26 Aug 2005 - 28 Aug 2005

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Venue: Little Johns Farm, UK


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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.

Supergroup finale for The Rakes at Reading

Supergroup finale for The Rakes at Reading

For the second time this weekend The Rakes relied on a little help from their friends, this time during their Sunday set at Reading, with lead singer Alan Donohue out with a throat infection.

Josh Homme to appear with Death From Above 1979!

Josh Homme to appear with Death From Above 1979!

Singer from Queens Of The Stone Age, Josh Homme plans on making a guest appearance on stage with Death From Above 1979 this weekend at Leeds 2005!

Nokia RAW rocking Reading

Nokia RAW rocking Reading

Festival fans have been making Reading Festival their own by rocking up and playing their favourite tunes live in the Nokia RAW tent.

Libertines will play Reading again

Libertines will play Reading again

EXCLUSIVE: Libertines drummer Gary Powell has vowed that the band will be back to play Reading Festival again, although they may be known as something else...

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.

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)

Nokia RAW activity @ Reading - Sunday

Nokia RAW activity @ Reading - Sunday

The final day of Reading Festival sees a host of sonic treats in the Nokia RAW Zone, with an air guitar competition and a visit from Engineers among the highlights.

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!

Reading Festival - Signing Tent Times

Reading Festival - Signing Tent Times

If you're at Reading 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.

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!

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!

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!

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'

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

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.

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.

No day tickets for Reading/Leeds

No day tickets for Reading/Leeds

Carling Weekend organisers are urging non-ticket holders to stay away from the Leeds and Reading sites as all tickets have totally sold out, including day passes.

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.

Reading and Leeds on your mobile for 25p

Reading and Leeds on your mobile for 25p

We've teamed up with Nokia at this weekend's Reading and Leeds Festivals to offer you a complete festival programme delivered direct to your mobile, updated throughout the weekend with news, backstage gossip and action as it unfolds!

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.

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.

Say 'Bollocks to Poverty' at Reading!

Say 'Bollocks to Poverty' at Reading!

This controversial image of Tony Blair going hell for leather with a Sid Vicious sneer and George Bush gurning like a punk rock gorilla are part of charity ActionAid's latest campaign, at this year's Reading Festival.

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.

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.

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.

Reading Festival gets even bigger

Reading Festival gets even bigger

Organiser's have successfully applied for an increase in capacity for the Reading leg of the Carling Weekend.

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.

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.

Reading Festival site under threat

Reading Festival site under threat

The Reading Festival and WOMAD Rivermead could be forced to find alternative homes, with the owners of the site intent on selling the land for 1.5m.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reading weekend tickets sold out

Reading weekend tickets sold out

Another day, another major festival sold out. Weekend tickets for Reading are now all officially sold out, in record time. Day tickets are still available, as are weekend tickets for Leeds

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.

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!

'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.

Reading Festival tickets on sale now!

Reading Festival tickets on sale now!

A small number of early-bird tickets for this year's Reading Festival have gone on sale and you can buy them here and now! Pixies, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are the rumoured headliners.

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".

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Bloc Party festival dates

EXCLUSIVE: Bloc Party festival dates

With Bloc Party destined to do a Franz Ferdinand this year, frontman Kele Okereke has revealed the band's summer festival plans ahead of the release of their debut album.

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.

Celebrity Welly Auction!

Celebrity Welly Auction!

A pair of rubber boots, signed at this year's Reading Festival by stars including Franz Ferdinand, The Darkness, Lostprophets and Supergrass, are being auctioned online for Children In Need.

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!

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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