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Here’s my pics & blog from Reading Festival 2014 Friday Day 1. For Day 2 Saturday look here, & Day 3 Sunday here. These pictures & many more are available for editorial usage licensing via London News Pictures. If you like my pics look me up on my Facebook music photography page, Twitter or Instagram.
Paramore: There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently about the lack of female headliners at music festivals this year. Paramore (and specifically lead singer Hayley Williams) put so much energy into their performance it would have been rude not to have led with their pics (sorry QOTSA fans). The afternoon before, festival goers arrive on site carting their gear: Kitchen sink anyone? Queens of the Stone Age. They rocked, though the pyros operator went a bit turbo on the dry ice so that I was shooting through wall of fog at one point! On the friday morning peeps were gathering for sun & pre-festival shandies waiting for the gates to the main arena to open: Limbering up for a hard weekend’s festivalling… Vampire Weekend: Tick tock tick tock – the minutes leading up to 11am when the gates were to open… Security get some head-to-head competitive karaoke with crowd members itching to get inside… And the gates are open, they’re off! I wonder why the Guardian cropped the dude on the left of the shot for the picture they used in the next day’s newspaper (see top of this post)?: It was well worth making the effort to head to some of the smaller tents to see the acts playing there – SBTRKT below: Brody Dalle: Back on main stage, Jimmy Eat World: Fat White Family on the Festival Republic stage: It was going mental in the Radio 1 Dance Stage tent where the crowd were waiting for AlunaGeorge: AlunaGeorge: