This was August Bank Holiday Weekend in the UK, and with it came the end of the summer festival season — Reading and Leeds. The two are mirror images of one another, the only discernable difference noted by the Guardian UK; “Leeds is almost exactly the same as Reading, just with better weather, worse clothes and more chips.”
Both had a bit of an odd, states-heavy lineup this year with the likes of Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, Paramore, Weezer and G’nR (more about them later). Of interest to many was the reunion of the Libertines, with Pete Doherty managing to pull himself out of the gutter and hold it together for an hour.
Johnny Marr and The Cribs evidently still don’t merit a prime time slot, but by most accounts they were a festival highlight:
Arcade Fire headlined the very same stage, with “Rococo” from The Suburbs a standout:
On the side stage, Phoenix nailed their omnipresent Cadillac jam, 1901:
Thanks to the BBC for the video — until they take it down, then eff em.