Reading Festival 2010 News
Melvin Benn: "I wouldn't have the current Guns N' Roses back at Reading & Leeds."
Melvin Benn has ruled out booking the current Guns N' Roses line-up for the Reading & Leeds festivals again.
Guns N Roses: 'We don't disrespect our fans'
US hair-rockers Guns N Roses have responded to claims they were disrespecting fans by appearing two hours late.
Carl Barat deal leads to more Libertines shows
Carl Barat has revealed there is a deal in place for more Libertines shows, which could feature festivals.
UK Festival Awards 2010 shortlists announced
The final voting stage for the UK Festival Awards 2010 is now open, giving fans the definitive say on another amazing festival
Festival promoter forces GNR to play full set in Dublin
Irish promoter Denis Desmond, widely regarded as the most powerful figure in the UK's festival industry, personally intervened
to ensure that fans received a full Guns N' Roses show after frontman Axl Rose had tried to end a gig early after being repeatedly
pelted by plastic cups.
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Axl Rose: 'Guns N' Roses on time at Reading & Leeds'
In an online rant, Axl Rose has said that Guns N' Roses were on time at last weekend's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
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Sound Of Guns at Reading: 'we're a festival band'
In an interview with Virtual Festivals, up and coming stars Sound of Guns explained that they are a 'festival band'.
Everything Everything call Reading set 'lovely'
Talking to Virtual Festivals Everything Everything described their Reading Festival set as 'lovely'.
Blink 182 close Reading Festival in style
"I'm not just saying this because we're here tonight, but Reading kicks the shit out of Leeds," say Blink 182 in a triumphant
closing set at the festival.
Guns N' Roses hit out at Reading/Leeds boss
Guns N' Roses have claimed they had the power pulled on them at Reading Festival on Friday night due to a personal grudge
against them by festival boss Melvin Benn.
Arcade Fire crown Reading with magnificent show
Arcade Fire capped a magnificent day at Reading Festival with a sublime headline show.
Pendulum 'slam' Reading Festival 2010
A mammoth crowd gathered far beyond the canvas of the NME tent as Australian drum 'n' bass maestros headlined Reading's Saturday
Goldheart Assembly open up at Reading
A smallish crowd were gently woken by the folk stylings of Goldheart Assembly in Reading's NME tent on Sunday morning.
Reading treated to The Joy Formidable
Front woman, Ritzy Bryan was full of rock 'n' roll attitude in the NME tent on Sunday morning as she smashed her guitar against
the stage floor and amps as early as the first song. "It's good to be back," she professed.
The King Blues well received at Reading
The King Blues play a blinding set early on Sunday despite the odd shower.
Thrice play to a sun bathed audience at Reading
Despite Thrice hitting the main stage at Reading Festival, the crowd seemed more interested in getting a tan rather than listening
to the Californian rock band.
Foxy Shazam wow Reading Festival
They may be a long way off from main stage headliners but with plenty of energy and clichés in equal measure, Foxy Shazam
owned Reading's Festival Republic stage early Sunday afternoon.
HEALTH help kick off Reading Festival dance stage
In an early afternoon set, an energetic HEALTH helped to kick off the dance stage at Reading Festival.
Local Natives keep the sun shining
California's Local Natives' performance draws a strong crowd just before the rain comes down on Reading.
Holy Fuck helped by rain at Reading Festival
The rain isn't all bad at Reading Festival, in fact the showers helped Holy Fuck to fill the Dance Tent.
Wild Beats growl at Reading
Wild Beasts entertained a full NME tent as the rain drove fans inside for shelter.
Chiddy Bang freestyle wows Reading Festival
Chiddy Bang wowed a large Dance Tent crowd at Reading Festival by freestyling.
The Drums get Reading on it's feet
Indie pop proved its appeal in Reading's NME stage with The Drums managing to fill the stage to standing room only in anticipation
of their set.
Limp Bizkit restore the 'Faith' at Reading Festival
The sun came out just in time to warm the large crowd, who flocked to watch Limp Bizkit play what was the best set of the
day on the Reading Festival main stage so far.
Kele goes solo at Reading
Kele took his solo effort to Reading to a busy NME tent and the crowd responded loudly to the opening track, 'Walk Tall'.
Cypress Hill get high on stage at Reading
With a mic in one hand and a spliff in the other, Cypress Hill showed that hip-hop can continue to flourish at Reading Festival
picking up from where Dizzee Rascal left off yesterday (Saturday).
Metronomy tell Reading crowd to watch Magnetic Man
After storming through a short set at Reading Festival, Metronomy tell those in the tent to watch Magnetic Man.
Band of Horses turn Reading Festival blue
The Americana group Band Of Horses will be remembered for their swearing outburst at Reading's NME tent in what was otherwise
a competent performance.
Sub Focus show why Reading Festival needs a dance tent
Sub Focus and his MC singled-handedly showed why Reading Festival should have a dance day as well as two programmes of Lock
Up bands in storming set.
The Foals perfect for Reading sunset
"What's up Reading," asked Yannis Philippakis as the band grooved straight into new album title track, 'Total Life Forever'
at Reading's NME tent.
Weezer - simply brilliant at Reading Festival
The title says it all, Weezer set the template for how bands should play at Reading Festival.
Magnetic Man make Reading Festival debut
Dubstep continued to crossover into the mainstream with a heavy debut from Magnetic Man at Reading Festival.
We Are Scientists charm Reading
Californian outfit We Are Scientists, joked their way through the penultimate set of Reading 2010's NME stage.
Klaxons close NME tent at Reading Festival
Klaxons returned to close the NME tent where they experienced huge crowd numbers in 2007, to see if they could eclipse the
Marina and the Diamonds vamp up Reading
Marina took to the stage of a pre-packed Festival Republic tent, dressed in all black, and announced, "good evening. How are
you tonight? It's an honour to be headlining."
Guns N' Roses misfire at Reading
Tens of thousands of fans were left feeling cheated and disappointed after one of the most anticipated headline sets of the
summer disintegrated into an embarrassing farce at Reading Festival last night, confounded by a late appearance resulting
in the power being pulled before the end of the set.
The Cribs: 'UK festivals are the best in the world'
The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman has declared that UK festivals are the best in the world during an interview with Virtual Festivals
at Reading Festival.
Alkaline Trio Provide the Perfect Alternative to Guns n' Roses
Playing to a packed out lock-up tent, Matt Skiba and company blasted straight into 'Armageddon' which would be the song that
would sum up the night.
Sick Of It All destroy tent at Reading
Having been lucky enough to meet the band earlier on in the day, it's difficult to comprehend how such nice, down-to-earth
guys can bring so much destruction to a tent.
Rolo Tomassi rock Reading
A huge wall of death and screams blow away any Friday hangovers.
Everything Everything keep Reading bouyant.
Everything Everything drew a sizeable crowd at Reading's NME tent with 'Suffragette Suffragette' getting an early outing.
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South London four-piece gather a healthy crowd in Festival Republic tent.
Leeds bosses quash GnR cancellation rumours
Festival Republic have quashed rumours that Guns N' Roses are to cancel their headline show at Leeds Festival tomorrow (Sunday)
Guns N' Roses get booed during Futureheads set
Guns N' Roses were booed during The Futureheads' set at Reading Festival.
The Gaslight Anthem fail to win over Reading
'Old White Lincoln' stuck out as a highlight as The Gaslight Anthem played Reading Festival.
Mystery Jets wow with sunshine set at Reading
Mystery Jets got the crowd bouncing during an ideal sunshine set at Reading Festival.
Hadouken! Pull a huge Reading crowd
Leeds band Hadouken! managed to draw a full NME tent with hundreds sat outside as they played Reading's NME stage.
Modest Mouse pull modest Reading crowd
The American band Modest Mouse played to a middling size crowd as they fought off the first shower of Reading festival's Saturday.
The Rats - Best Gallows Tribute Band Ever!
Circle pits, wall of deaths, and human pyramids, Gallows pushed what was both physically and legally possible.
Chapel Club: 'We're the biggest band in the world right now'
In an interview with Virtual Festivals, emerging band Chapel Club have jokingly said that they're the hottest band in the
world right now.
Kids In Glass Houses reminisce at Reading
A strong performance from Cardiff band, Kids In Glass Houses, meant that in the NME stage it was girlfriends on shoulders
time as the tent continued to be rammed to the rafters.
The Libertines: 'Reading shows verging on pandemonium'
Gary Powell from The Libertines discussed the plans for after their festival shows with Virtual Festivals at Reading Festival.
The Maccabees debut new track at Reading
The Maccabees debuted a new track at Reading Festival on the main stage.
Frank Turner remains popular at Reading
Frank Turner worked a large crowd in the NME tent with comparisons to his Leeds gig on Friday.
The Cribs goad Guns N' Roses at Reading
The Cribs goaded Guns N' Roses during an early evening set to Reading Festival 2010.
Serj Tankian VS Dizzee at Reading
Serj Tankian was greeted to a half empty NME stage today as he went up against Dizzee Rascal on the main stage.
Dizzee Rascal crowd eclipses Guns N' Roses' showing
Entertaining comes easy to some people, and after his Reading Festival showing, Dizzee Rascal is one born with such ease.
Cancer Bats triumph in Lock Up Stage
Cancer Bats pick up the gauntlet where Gallows left off and destroy the lock-up stage.
Polished Libertines stop show for crushing
Polished and professional, The Libertines' last scheduled reunion show at Reading Festival was a masterclass in why the group
were so popular in the first place.
NOFX revealed as Lock Up Stage 'secret guests'
Despite not officially being on the line up, No-FX still packed out the lock-up tent to an expecting audience for a secret
Serj Tankian goes up against Dizzee at Reading
Serj Tankian was greeted to a half empty NME stage today (Saturday) as he went up against Dizzee Rascal on the Reading Festival
Cancer Bats: 'Reading is the best fucking place to play'
Cancer Bats pick up the gauntlet where Gallows left off and destroyed the Lock-Up stage at Reading Festival.
Enter Shikari dominant Reading Festival
Those that had been unlucky enough to find a place beyond the reach of the speakers for Enter Shikari missed out on the best
atmosphere and performance of today's NME stage line-up.
Bad Religion Close Lock-Up Stage at Reading 2010
The punk rock veterans show just how and why they inspired a generation of kids.
Experts called to save Reading Festival from flooding
Reading Festival organisers have called in the Environmental Agency to protect the site from further flooding after a week
of heavy rain leading up to the event.
Surfer Blood debut new song at Reading
American indie band Surfer Blood debuted a new song at Reading Festival 2010.
New Young Pony Club incite Reading circle pit
New Young Pony Club incited the first circle pit in the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading Festival.
A Day to Remember create a circle pit to remember at Reading
A Day to Remember ensured cobwebs were truly dusted off with an early yet powerful set at Reading Festival 2010.
Girls are impressive at Reading Festival
US slackers, Girls, won over the crowd during their NME Stage show at Reading Festival.
Billy Talent get crowd pitting at Reading Festival
Billy Talent kept the crowd going from where A Day To Remember left off at Reading Festival.
Two Door Cinema Club: 'Reading is the best experience of our lives'
Two Door Cinema Club drew the biggest NME/Radio 1 Stage crowd of the weekend so far, calling their show 'the best experience
of our lives.'
Lostprophets Heat up the Afternoon
The Welsh group kept rock alive at Reading Festival with a blistering set.
Yeasayer at Reading: 'We'll play anywhere!'
Yeasayer revealed that they will 'play anywhere' during their set at Reading Festival.
Mon The Biffy!
Playing to an enthusiastic crowd, you can depend on Biffy Clyro to pull out a no nonsense rock show.
Warpaint get Reading clapping
Harmonies and hooks insure Warpaint are a hit in the Festival Republic stage.
Avi Buffalo win over crowd at Reading Festival
Avi Buffalo take on the emerging sun and woo fans into the Festival Republic stage.
Adam Green competes with QOFSA at Reading
Dressed in a what appears to be a neckerchief borrowed from a BA stewardess and straw hat Adam Green gyrates and throws himself
around during a hectic half an hour.
Delphic give dance it's place at Reading Festival
Haven't Delphic grown? Last year they played to next to no one at T In The Park and only a few hundred at Reading Festival.
Mumford & Sons debut new song at Reading
It would seem that folk is as popular as it has ever been as Mumford & Sons drew a huge crowd at Reading Festival.
Queens Of The Stone Age bring the party to Reading
QOTSA provider the perfect soundtrack to the early evening chill over Reading Festival.
Blood Red Shoes pull huge crowd at Reading
Blood Red Shoes, this evening, made sure that spiky power chords and head-banging are back in vogue as they took to the stage
Phoenix excite Reading Festival 2010 crowd
Despite competition from Guns N' Roses, Phoenix managed to entice a few thousand fans for their penultimate NME/Radio 1 Stage
LCD Soundsystem close NME Tent at Reading
With a late Guns N' Roses not taking to the main stage in time it was up to LCD Soundsystem to close the NME/Radio 1 Arena.
Print off Reading/Leeds Festival stage times
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WEATHER WATCH: what to pack this weekend
With the Bank Holiday looming, most of you will be heading to a festival this weekend. Let's see what weather awaits you...
Reading fans asked to donate tents to Pakistan flood victims
Police are encouraging those attending Reading Festival to donate their tents to victims of the Pakistan floods after this
year's event, rather than destroy them.
Guns N' Roses told not to be late for Reading/Leeds
The boss of Reading/Leeds Festivals has warned Guns N' Roses not to be late for their headline slot, otherwise they could
face the axe.
SeeTickets sorry for late Reading/Leeds ticket dispatch
SeeTickets have apologised for late dispatch of tickets for this weekend's Readng and Leeds Festivals.
Gallows unveiled as The Rats for Reading/Leeds
Gallows have been confirmed as mystery slot holders at Reading and Leeds Festivals 2010.
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Reading, Leeds adds more music and comedy
Reading and Leeds Festival are making the final preparations for this year's event with new comics and musicians announced
for the Alternative Stage and much more too.
Guns N' Roses cancel Reading/Leeds shows?
Unconfirmed reports are suggesting that Guns N' Roses have cancelled all of their forthcoming dates which includes Reading
and Leeds Festivals.
Update: Guns N' Roses will play Reading, Leeds
Guns N' Roses fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief after Reading and Leeds organisers have confirmed that the band
will still headline the festivals this month.
Reading and Leeds stage times announced
With Guns N' Roses definitely playing this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals - thanks Internet rumours - organisers have
released the stage times for this year's events.
Reading, Leeds confirm BBC Introducing bands
Motion Picture Soundtrack and Wot Gorilla are among the acts confirmed for the BBC Introducing Stage at this year's Reading
and Leeds Festivals.
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Get tickets and travel to Leeds Festival and more
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Alternative Stage announced for Reading, Leeds
Acts for the Alternative Stage for Reading and Leeds Festivals have been unveiled.
1 in 12 festivals tickets are fake, say OFT
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has warned that one in every 12 festival tickets bought online are fake, costing victims
an average of £80.
Festival ticket prices set to rise again?
If a proposed royalty increase by the Performing Rights Society (PRS) comes to fruition, fans look likely to be paying more
for their festival tickets next summer.
Reading to introduce alcohol and campfire measures
It has been announced Reading Festival will pilot bans on alcohol and campfires on the Sunday of this year's event.
Minister asks organisers to warn about legal highs
A government minister has asked festival promoters to warn ticket-holders about the potential danger of legal highs, the Guardian
newspaper has reported.
Readings/Leeds reveal Festival Republic Stage
Marina And The Diamonds, Ash and British Sea Power have been given the nod to headline the Festival Republic Stage at Reading
and Leeds Festivals this August.
Reading, Leeds Festivals announce Lock Up bill
Alkaline Trio and Bad Religion are to headline the Lock Up Stage at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, organisers have
The King Blues and more for Reading, Leeds 2010
Following the Lock Up Stage announcement on Mike Davies' Punk Show this morning (Tuesday), organisers have also revealed a
slew of new acts for this year's Reading and Leeds Festival.
Reading, Leeds warn of fake websites and ticket scams
People still looking for tickets for this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals have been strongly advised to only use outlets
authorised on the official festival websites as a number of ticketing scams have come to light.
Mystery Jets and more for Reading and Leeds
Mystery Jets head up a slew of new acts revealed for this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Where to buy Reading and Leeds tickets tonight
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Reading, Leeds Festivals renew secondary ticketing deal
Secondary ticketing company viagogo have today (Monday) announced the renewal of their deal with Festival Republic to continue
as the official ticket exchange partner of Reading, Leeds and Latitude festivals.
The Libertines to headline Reading and Leeds?
The Libertines are to headline this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, reports the Guardian ahead of the official announcement
at 7pm tonight (Monday).
Reading & Leeds Festival headliners announced
As predicted, Guns n' Roses, Blink 182 and Arcade Fire will headline this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals with The Libertines
as special guests.
Blink 182's Travis Barker adds to Reading, Leeds rumours
Drummer Travis Barker has fuelled speculation that Blink 182 will return to Reading and Leeds this summer by announcing the
group will be playing European festivals in August.
Merry Christmas from Virtual Festivals
Virtual Festivals would like to wish all of our users, old and new, a very merry Christmas and a memorable New Year.
Festival-goers given voice on Virtual Festivals
Raise your fist in the air! Virtual Festivals is giving the power back to the people, allowing super fans to blog about their
UK Festival Awards shortlists announced
The shortlists for this year's UK Festival Awards have been announced.
UK Festival Awards 2009 - Vote Now!
Voting is now open for the UK Festival Awards 2009, giving you the definitive say on another amazing festival year.
UK Festival Awards: voting opens Wednesday
Voting for the UK Festival Awards 2009 will go live next Wednesday (23 September).
Reading, Leeds Festival 2010 tickets on sale
Early bird tickets for next year's Reading and Leeds Festivals have gone on sale.