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Reading Festival - first day photos

Music fans in fabcy dress

Feeling that Rock vibe... The Reading and Leeds music festivals kicked off on Friday. The headliners are Rage Against The Machine, The Killers and Metallica. Check our pictures from the Reading site.

Rage Against The Machine

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine during their headline set. The band, keen as ever to make political statements, came on in orange jumpsuits and criticised the Bush administration.

Josh Homme

Queens Of The Stone Age were second on the bill at Reading and gave their usual high octane performance, including favourites like No One Knows and Little Sister.

Festival-goer with sunglasses

Fine, sunny weather brought out the best in the thousands of fans at the Reading site. 80,000 people are expected to attend both the Leeds and Reading festivals over the three days.

Biffy Clyro

Simon Neil from Ayrshire rockers Biffy Clyro shows off his tattoos and a big chunk a passion on the main stage. Fans shouted the customary chant of "Mon the Biffy!" to fire the band up.

Ida Maria

Ida Maria pulls a cheeky face at someone in the crowd during her band's set. The Norwegian is sure to have picked up a few new fans after the success of current single Better When You're Naked.

Jon Fratelli

Back to Black - Jon from The Fratellis looks head to toe the cool front man as his band entertain the crowd. The band have just announced a UK tour starting in November.

Festival-goers playing air guitar

Festival-goers became the stars of the show as they mimicked their heroes and played a sea of air guitars. The crowd reportedly broke the Guinness World Record for largest air guitar ensemble.



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