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The Libertines Announce Week Of Small Shows Following Triumphant Reading Set


The Libertines Pete Doherty Carl Barat Ed Harcourt Leeds & Reading Festival

The Libertines have announced a string of small live dates to celebrate the release of their new album Anthems For Doomed Youth on September 11th. The band will play five shows over the course of the week, with the first taking place on Monday (September 6th) at the Academy in Glasgow.

The LibertinesThe Libertines, Carl Barat and Peter Doherty at Leeds Festival.

They will then hit Nottingham’s Rock City on September 7th, followed by Bristol’s O2 Academy, then London’s Electric Ballroom before finishing on September 11th at Manchester’s Ritz. The small shows are the band’s first club gigs since 2004.

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Limp Bizkit , Fred Durst - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 1 - Performances - Limp Bizkit at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst
Limp Bizkit and Fred Durst

Tyler, The Creator Says He's Banned From Entering The UK For "3-5 Years"


Tyler The Creator Leeds & Reading Festival

The often controversial rapper Tyler, The Creator has claimed that his shows at the Reading and Leeds Festivals had to be cancelled because he is temporarily banned from entering the United Kingdom.

The American star, who is in the middle of a solo tour having founded the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (often simply referred to as Odd Future), says he is not allowed to enter the UK for “three to five years” because of “lyrics written in 2009”, writing on Twitter on Wednesday night (August 26th).

Tyler The CreatorTyler, The Creator cancelled his Reading & Leeds performances earlier this week

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Mariachi El Bronx Lead Latest Additions To Reading & Leeds Festival 2015 Line-Up


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Reading & Leeds Festival 2015's ever expanding line-up continues to grow with yet more acts announced to appear across the many stages; some of which are well-established, and some up-and-coming, but all definitely worth experiencing this year.

Reading & Leeds 2015 logo

Kicking off proceedings, Mariachi el Bronx will be bringing a little Mexican spirit to the UK festival - which will be just as well if the English weather lets us down come August. They'll be joining headliners Metallica, Mumford & Sons and The Libertines, plus many more top billing artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Alt J and Bring Me The Horizon.

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Metallica To Headline Reading And Leeds 2015


Metallica Leeds & Reading Festival

The first announcement has been made as to who will be playing the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2015, and it’s a big one: Metallica have been confirmed as one of the three headliners!

Organisers announced on Tuesday (25 November) that the American legends of metal will appear at the festival for the first time since 2008, when they also topped the bill alongside Rage Against The Machine and The Killers. They also headlined in 2003 and 1997, so they’ve got plenty of experience of satisfying the festivals’ notoriously raucous crowds.

Metallica
Metallica headlined Glastonbury (above) this year, and will do the same at Reading & Leeds in 2015

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review


It came, It went, It conquered as per. Leeds Festival 2014 was a real pinnacle for this year's UK live music, cramming it's masses into the colossus fields of Bramham Park, this year's Leeds Festival was a true menace of a machine. From strolling the sights and stalls of the relatively tame arena, to hiking through the foothills of Red camp and afar, the beast of Leeds Festival was out in full glamour this year. Not only for the sheer size and scale of the glorified playground, nor for the big bad names it captured upon its stages, but purely the immense and sometimes overwhelming atmosphere of Leeds Festival is what attracts the crowds in their droves - (Each and EVERY year).

Leeds Festival 2014 - Live Review

This year's line-up, though transparent in parts, boasted an array of big names and must sees. From Gerrard Way's premier solo show, right the way through to Macklemore's fur coat - teenage girl-screaming onstage antics. All considered, It is fair to say Leeds festival caters to the masses, though in doing so, often leaving the fringes of those masses at somewhat of a loose-end. Fear no-more, as this year with 10 arena stages and a dozen campsite venues, attendants waved farewell to mud-mooching moments of waiting around and embarked on the northern event of the year. With Oxfam blazers, slush puppy pleasantries and a number of near 24-hour rave spots all been thrown around, It was hard to find even a moment for the annual carbon monoxide poisoning - plastic bag burning ritual  around the camp fire. 

Without further ado, we present to you this year's top live sets and why they really made this year what it was.

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Lauren Mayberry - Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCHES backstage at Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Sunday 24th August 2014

Chvrches and Lauren Mayberry
Chvrches and Lauren Mayberry

Arctic Monkeys Play Storming Reading Headlining Set Before Hiatus


Arctic Monkeys Leeds & Reading Festival

Arctic Monkeys stole the show at last night’s Reading festival, with a storming headlining set packed full of festival crowd pleasers. The set was the band's penultimate performance for a while before they go on hiatus after closing Leeds Festival on Sunday.

Alex TurnerArctic Monkey's frontman Alex Turner

The Sheffield four piece opened their set with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ before delighting fans with classic 'Brianstorm'.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview


Here we go, here we go! Leeds Festival 2014, yet only half of us have scored a return ticket from the headaches and hangovers of last year's epic line-up. Each and every year, thousands of people across the social spectrum and across the UK flock to the fields of Leeds for what they know is THE music event of the year. Of course, catering to the masses is no easy feat but with ten stages all rigged up, this machine, emblem of the north, once again raises its flags way up heavens bound.Moving from Temple Newsam a few years back now, LF has really made itself at home within the colossal 1,235 acre grounds of Bramham park. Returning bands themselves (or the newcomers for that matter), facing glorious deja-vu on approach to the site if not already attended as rowdy teens, are in for a real good show.

Leeds Festival 2014 - Preview

With the festival being such an icon and in itself evolving in sheer mass and motor each year, it's understandably hard to really get a good hold-down on the lineup. With time clashes, mud, bar queues and a serious lack of phone battery, it's only fair we deal out a helping hand of this year's 'Not To Be Missed' sets to make festival life a little easier.

In no preferential order at all.

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So, Who's Playing ‘Secret Sets’ At Reading And Leeds 2014?


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Every year, festival campsites buzz with rumours of ‘favourite bands playing secret slots’ and unlikely artists playing impromptu performances. As an event with a rich history of putting on secret shows, this month’s Reading and Leeds festival proves to be no exception.

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Last week, one Reading and Leeds organiser revealed he’d been approached by several artists (some of whom he described as ‘arena acts’) all wanting to play at the festival. To the delight and frustration of many fans, he confirmed that one big-name act has since been confirmed to perform a secret slot - but wouldn’t reveal who.

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Bottled Off: 10 Bands Who Suffered Worse Fate Than Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground


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Macaulay Culkin and his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, the imaginatively named The Pizza Underground, suffered the chagrin of a disgruntled crown in Nottingham during the city’s annual Dot To Dot festival. Culkin, who was by this point half-way through a European tour, beat a hasty retreat from the stage after being drenched with beer.

Culkin Wears Paint Covered Jeans
Macaulay isn't the first star to feel the audience's ire.

It proved, that in this age of disconnect, where audience members can turn to the comforts of smart phones during lacklustre gigs, music fans are still eager to openly voice their displeasure. Only a few days later, Culkin announced the cancellation of the remaining tour dates. He has not openly cited the event as the primary motivation for such a cancellation, but it seems all too obvious that the hostile reception he received had severely impacted the decision. Macaulay is far from being the first to suffer the wrath of an embittered crowd and few are safe from the ramifications of a poor or ill-judged performance. Here are ten examples of performers receiving a severe dressing down from irate audiences:

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Leeds And Reading Festival Line Up: Gerard Way Among The Additions


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The latest additions to this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced and amongst the fresh batch of acts is the former My Chemical Romance frontman, who will play his first live shows as a solo artists at this year’s dual mega-event. Gerard Way’s iconic band had recently become defunct after mutually deciding to lay the group to bed. The multi-million record selling giants of emo rock recently released a greatest hits album entitled May Death Never Stop You but have failed to announce any farewell tour dates, much to the chagrin of their huge and loyal fanbase.

Gerard Way At NME Awards
Gerard Way Is Heading to Leeds and Reading

His Reading and Leeds performances will herald a new chapter in the singer’s career as he puts the finishing touches on an eagerly-awaited solo album, the direction of which is still shrouded in mystery. The musician and prolific comic book artist has directed fans to his new website, which features a brief snippet of an as-yet unnamed song.

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Kate Nash - Reading Festival 2013 - Day 1 - Performances - Reading, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd August 2013

Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash

Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival - Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys Sunday 26th August 2012 Reading Festival 2012 - Performances - Day Three

Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival

Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye - Liam Gallagher performs with Beady Eye Saturday 27th August 2011 at Leeds & Reading Festival West Yorkshire, England

Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye
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