Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds Kicks Off

Razorlight, Interpol and Smashing Pumpkins headline rock festival opening day

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Today (August 24) sees the annual Carling Weekend three day rock festival get started with a diverse set of headline acts from Razorlight to Smashing Pumpkins to Ash at the event’s two sites of Reading and Leeds.

Weather conditions are humid at both sites, overcast but warm. Festival goers arriving onsite are carrying clothes and equipment for every eventually after the week’s heavy downpours. Forecasts for the rest of the weekend are good though, the sun is expected to arrive soon, with temperatures set to hit 26º C tomorrow.

Headliners on the Main stage today in Reading are Razorlight, Kings Of Leon and Interpol, and Leeds sees the highly anticipated return of the Smashing Pumpkins to the UK plus Nine Inch Nails and Fall Out Boy.


Leeds today, also sees Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem and CSS all bring some colourful dance action to the festival on the NME/ Radio 1 stage.

The Reading site is hosting the first day of the Lock-Up stage – for alternative acts such Mad Caddies, The Bronx and The Living End. The part emo, part hardcore stage this year takes up two days, instead of the usual one. Jimmy Eat World are headlining tonight at the Lock-Up, shortly after playing a Main stage set too.

The NME/Radio 1 stage will today see performances from Ash, Enter Shikari and The Enemy, the Coventry boys are one of the few bands not playing at both sites over the weekend – they have prior engagements opening up for the Rolling Stones on their final UK date this Sunday at the 02 Arena.

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