2004 Reading Festival Highlights and Lowlights

The 2004 Reading/Leeds Festival over the past weekend has ended the UK festival season. Here are some brief recaps:

Finnish band The Rasmus and rap megastar 50 Cent were were both forced to leave the Reading Festival stage early after being booed and pelted with bottles and mud by music fans. 50 Cent fared much better the second night at Leeds.

Franz Ferdinand played three new songs in addition to their hits under a rain-induced rainbow. The new songs were, "This Boy", "Your Diary" and "Can't Stop Feelin".

Adonis-like Har Mar Superstar jumped onstage during Ash's "Kung Fu" and stripped down to his underwear [again]. Tighty-whitey alert!

Super Furry Animals had to cut their set short to nine songs due to technical difficulties and the 11pm noise curfew. For a time they were joined onstage by fellow Welshmen Goldie Lookin' Chain.

dEUS cancelled their long awaited return to the UK festival scene due to a "sudden illness".

The Libertines reunion weekend was cut short. Apparently, wayward frontman Pete Doherty was refused entry into the festival where his estranged band ripped through a hit-packed setlist.

Morrissey treated fans to old Smiths' classics "How Soon Is Now?", "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and "Shoplifters Of The World Unite".

White Stripes frontman Jack White post-festival comments touched on this being their last Reading appearence. "Maybe we will never play again. After you've headlined, maybe you should never play again." The band's set included a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps", as well as a host of old favourites including "Hello Operator", "You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)", "Hotel Yorba" and set closer "Seven Nation Army".

2004 Reading Festival Highlights and Lowlights