Over the recent August Bank Holiday weekend, the annual Reading and Leeds festivals took place. Over 200,000 people came to the twin holy grails of British rock festivals to watch bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire, The Libertines, Queens of the Stone Age, Blink-182, Pendulum, Paramore, Klaxons, Weezer, The Gaslight Anthem, Band of Horses, Dizzee Rascal, Modest Mouse, The Cribs, The Maccabees, You Me at Six, Biffy Clyro and Little Fish take to the world famous main stages.
The highlight of a muddy weekend was the anticipated return of The Libertines, which saw Pete Doherty and Carl Barat settle their differences to perform their first major gig together as a full band since their split six years ago. With no new material as yet written and only three weeks worth of rehearsals under their belts, The Libertines stuck to playing tracks from their two albums, 2002's Up the Bracket and 2004's The Libertines. The set was stopped briefly after the third song as Doherty, Barat and bassist John Hassall left the stage momentarily so the crowd at the front could get some space. “If anyone goes down, look after each other,” said Doherty when he returned. The band played crowd pleasers such as “Boys in the Band,” “Can't Stand Me Now,” “What a Waster” and show closer, “I Get Along.”
The main stage at the Reading Festival has played host to many of the world’s greatest bands, such as the now-legendary Nirvana headline performance in 1992. Other bands who have headlined the festival include The Stone Roses, Iggy Pop, Oasis, Pulp, The White Stripes, Pearl Jam, New Order, Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name a few.
Gibson.com was on the scene as the barrage of top bands flashed their Gibsons and Epiphones. Enjoy the pics!
Pete Doherty of The Libertines
Band of Horses
Tom DeLonge of Blink-182
The Gaslight Anthem
Photo Credit – Dean Fardell