Reading and Leeds festival 2011 – in pictures

Pulp, Beady Eye, Muse, the Strokes ... the full complement of musical megastars raised fans high above the muddy mire at the Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, despite showers and plummeting temperatures. We take a look at the highlights
Reading/Leeds festival: August 26: Festivalgoers in the mud during the Reading Festival
Not all festivalgoers were put off when heavy showers across the UK turned the Reading and Leeds festivals into mudbaths Photograph: Yui Mok/PA
Reading/Leeds festival: 26 August: Matt Bellamy and Muse perform on the Main Stage at Leeds
Muse chase away the fog at the Leeds festival Photograph: PA
Reading/Leeds festival: 27 August: Liam Gallagher performs with Beady Eye at Leeds Festival
Liam Gallagher during Beady Eye's debut festival performance at Leeds Photograph: Rune Hellestad/Corbis
Reading/Leeds festival: August 27: Jarvis Cocker of Pulp performs live on the Main Stage at Reading
Pulp give their last festival performance, live on the Main stage at Reading Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 27:  Alison Mosshart  of The Kills performs live at Reading
Alison Mosshart of the Kills rocks out on Reading's NME Radio 1 stage Photograph: Simone Joyner/WireImage via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 27:  Matt Bowman of The Pigeon Detectives performs live at Reading
Matt Bowman of the Pigeon Detectives flies high at Reading Photograph: Simone Joyner/WireImage via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 27: Tom Hudson and James Brown of Pulled Apart by Horses
Also mostly airborne are Tom Hudson and James Brown of Pulled Apart by Horses, performing at the Reading festival Photograph: Nick Pickles/Redferns via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 27: Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance performs
Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance gets the audience to sing along in Leeds Photograph: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28: Harley Alexander and Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks
Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks bounce and swagger across the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading festival Photograph: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28:  Kyle Falconer of The View performs live on the Main Stage
... while over on Reading's Main stage, a rare burst of sunshine illuminates Kyle Falconer of the View Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28: Festival goers watch Frank Turner perform at Reading
Fans enjoy both sunshine and Frank Turner's turn at Reading Photograph: Tabatha Fireman/Redferns via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28: Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performs on stage at Leeds
Before Julian Casablancas of the Strokes brings a dose of dark New York cool to the proceedings Photograph: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28:  Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari performs live
Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari connects with fans at Reading Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28:  Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires performs at Reading
... while Friendly Fires' Ed Macfarlane gets similarly down with the people in front of Reading's Main stage Photograph: Simone Joyner/WireImage via Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28: Mike Skinner of The Streets performs at Reading
Mike Skinner brings the sound of the Streets to the NME Radio 1 stage Photograph: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
Reading/Leeds festival: August 28: Elbow perform on the Main Stage at the Reading Festival
Elbow play their last gig of the year as the sun goes down on the final day at Reading Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

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