Over 150,000 people attended the 2015 Reading and Leeds Festivals over August Bank Holiday weekend. The festivals saw headline sets from Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, plus hundreds of performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs..
The Libertines, one of our Glastonbury 2015 highlights, performed at Leeds on the Friday and closed Reading on the Sunday, treating fans to songs from their new album as well as all time classics.
Metallica played a solid set with a cover of 'Whiskey in the Jar' among the encore songs, while Mumford & Sons provided huge sing-alongs for the crowds with their festival ready anthems 'I Will Wait' and 'Little Lion Man'.
The weekend was filled with whispers of secret sets and fans were certainly not left disappointed. Foals snuck into the festival to set the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage ablaze with cuts from their newly released album 'What Went Down'. Both Wolf Alice and Jack Garratt played sets on the BBC Introducing Stage in addition to their scheduled performances.
Elsewhere, Royal Blood stormed the main stage with a set that included 'Little Monster' and 'Out of the Black', while The Wombats packed out the Festival Republic Stage, as did Reading and Leeds favourite Frank Turner.
Yorkshire's Bring Me The Horizon drew a huge crowd on Sunday at Leeds and Saturday at Reading and Japanese teen trio, Babymetal brought a metal choreographed spectacle to the Main Stage for their debut Reading and Leeds performance.
Showcasing his second album 'To Pimp a Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar performed with a full band for his inaugural Reading and Leeds performance, whilst hip hop duo Run The Jewels entertained the crowds at the NME / Radio 1 Stage.
Now a mainstay of the festivals, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage and BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage showcased the UK grime scene and US hip hop with Boy Better Know, A$AP Ferg and Krept & Konan playing rip-roaring headline slots. Embracing everything from Stormzy's grime bars to Hudson Mohawke's future sounding beats and Deadmau5's expertly executed DJing; both stages were must-visit destinations.
The Relentless Stage returned to Leeds Festival kicking off proceedings on Thursday night along the tree-lined avenue with a great set from Bondax. DJ EZ, Oneman and Luke Mowberry, the winner of the prestigious 'Here To Be Heard' DJ competition, were just some of the DJs to bring the noise and get the party started. Pulled Apart By Horses headlined the Dance to the Radio Stage at Leeds the same evening with a blistering set that brimmed with thrills and menace.
The Alternative Stage line-up at Reading & Leeds featured comedians Russell Kane, Seann Walsh and Reginald D Hunter who all commanded huge audiences, alongside an eclectic line-up that included music from George The Poet. With Transgressive hosting the likes of Mike Skinner and Novelist at Leeds as well as DJ sets from alt-J, Peace and Palma Violets at Reading, The Alternative Stage was certainly one of the most vibrant areas of the festival.
Back for the second year, The Pit hosted by Daniel P Carter was buzzing, with Refused's headline set being a standout moment of the weekend. Ghost, While She Sleeps, Cancer Bats and No Devotion all also blew audiences away amongst the line-up of rock and metal acts.
The Lock Up Stage once again provided a one stop shop for all things punk with New Found Glory headlining alongside R&L veterans The Bronx and Modern Life Is War who performed their seminal album 'Witness' in full.
When: Friday 28th August - Sunday 30th August
Where: Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire / Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire
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