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23-25 August

This year's event stayed close to the Reading hard rock heritage - and was hailed as one of the best yet.

Foo Fighters were one of the headliners, while Jane's Addiction, Offspring, Slipknot, Incubus and NOFX also took to the stage.

Music industry darlings The Strokes also headlined, while the heavily-hyped White Stripes and Andrew WK also played in a bill largely shared with the Leeds festival.

Feeder - whose drummer Jon Lee was found dead in January - made an emotional comeback on Radio 1's Evening Session stage.

The weather wasn't on Reading's side - fans who saw Muse were drenched by rain - and some fans took issue with costly bar prices. But it was largely business as usual for the UK's second-biggest festival after Glastonbury.

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