Date: 26 Aug 2005 - 28 Aug 2005
Venue: Little Johns Farm, UK
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.
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.
Festival fans have been making Reading Festival their own by rocking up and playing their favourite tunes live in the Nokia RAW tent.
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...
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Elbow's Guy Garvey invited thousands of festival fans to become part of the bands next video by getting their knees muddy!
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'
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mylo, Lemon Jelly, and Audio Bullies have been announced as the dance stage headliners for the Reading and Leeds festivals.
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 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.
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.
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 have cancelled their appearance at the Reading/Leeds festivals so that they can support Green Day on tour in the States.
Finch, The Wedding Present, and All American Rejects have been added to the lineup for the Carling Weekend.
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 have revealed their UK summer festival plans and are set to play Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summer Sundae, and perhaps most intriguingly, Bestival.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.