Downpour leaves crowds thin on the ground - all the action from day one at Reading
michael baggs
09:32 25th August 2012

The rain held off as festival-goers headed down to day one of this weekend's Reading festival at the Richfield Avenue site to see the likes of The Cure, Paramore and The Hives.

If you were up early enough to cash in your free beer and breakfast bap, Deaf Havana kicked things off on he main stage followed by Canadian heavyweights Cancer Bars.

Coheed and Cambria and Angels and Airways continued to pull in crowds towards to afternoon as new indie favourites Spector took to the NME stage.

Their debut 'Enjoy It Well It Lasts' is one of the finest releases of the year so far and it was clear that word had spread as they packed out the tent ahead of The Hives.

Surrey rockers You Me At Six have come along way since first appearing at Reading festival five years ago. Following the release of 2011's 'Sinners Never Sleep' Josh Franceschi and co have become festival favourites across the music board.

Graham Coxon and Manchester lads The Courteeners took to the NME stage, while Alt-J, Nicki & The Dove pulled fans to the Festival Republic Stage.

The rain came down as headliners The Cure kicked off their two hour set at arguably the biggest festival in the UK this year. The crowd may have been a little thin on the ground but Robert Smith did not disappoint as he belted out fan favourites 'Love Song' and 'Love Cats'.

Saturday's line-up includes headline sets from Kasabian along with performances from Florence & The Machine, The Vaccines and a surprise slot from Green day.

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