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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 August, 2003, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK
In pictures: Reading Festival 2003
Festival goers arrive at Reading railway station
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Many fans flooded into Reading for the festival by train - despite the closure of the main line from London.
Fans at Reading
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The festival's tickets sold out months ago and the capacity 55,000 crowd enjoyed fine weather.
The Darkness play the main stage
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Newcomers The Darkness were promoted to a more prestigious slot - and were one of the highlights of Friday.
Blink 182 play the main stage
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Californian pop punkers Blink 182 were among the others to thrill the crowd on Friday.
Blur's Damon Albarn
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Blur's Damon Albarn managed to win over the rock crowd on Saturday night.
The Streets' Mike Skinner
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The Streets' Mike Skinner went in search of his "mojo" on the main stage.
The Polyphonic Spree
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About 22 members of the Polyphonic Spree crammed onto the Radio 1 stage.
Stilt walker
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Running from Friday to Sunday, the festival also played host to some more colourful characters
Har Mar
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US artist Har Mar Superstar is known as much for his energetic stage shows as his blend of rock and hip-hop.
Metallica, led by lead singer James Hetfield
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Metallica, led by lead singer James Hetfield, closed the festival on Sunday.





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