Reading Festival-goers revel in muddy glory

It may have threatened to be a mud-bath, but thousands of music fans turned out for the start of Reading Festival in England.

It may have threatened to be a mud-bath, but thousands of music fans turned out for the start of Reading Festival in England.

The main draw for the first night was Guns N’Roses, but the American rock band was greeted by a chorus of boos when they took to the stage an hour late last night.

Some 87,000 people are understood to be at the festival for the three-day event - most of them choosing to wear wellies in light of the muddy conditions caused by heavy rainfall earlier in the week.

The rain held off for most of the day yesterday, but started to fall again at the end of the Guns N’Roses set.

Festival organisers were hoping it was only a light shower, after the Environment Agency was called in to help drain water from the town-centre site.

Indie band The Libertines, who only recently reformed, are due to perform on the main stage in Reading tonight.

They already presented a united front at Reading’s sister festival in Leeds.

The four-piece performed for fans there last night, where they were given a rapturous reception.

Frontmen Carl Barat and Pete Doherty sang a duet and embraced each other during the hour-long set.

Blink 182 and Paramore are among the bands performing at the Leeds Festival tonight, while Arcade Fire will headline in Reading.

Other favourites to perform at Reading last night included Queens of the Stone Age, who took to the stage ahead of Guns N’Roses, and Mumford and Sons, who packed out the NME/Radio 1 stage.

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