Music fans hit the booze as four-day party starts at Leeds and Reading Festivals

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Summer SOZZLED! Music fans hit the booze as four-day party starts at Leeds and Reading Festivals while blistering heatwave kicks in Thousands of music fans basked in the blazing Friday sun as the Leeds and Reading Festival kicked off today  Revellers showed no signs of being affected by the extremely high temperatures as they danced and drank This year's line-up includes acts Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, The 1975, Charli XCX and Chvrches

By Danyal Hussain For Mailonline

Published: 18:32 BST, 23 August 2019 | Updated: 18:32 BST, 23 August 2019

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Thousands of music fans enjoyed a boozy party at the Leeds and Reading Festivals today, ignoring warnings of a severe heatwave over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

The revellers basked in the baking sunshine as they danced, sang and cheered on their favourite acts at the start of a four-day celebration. 

This year's line-up on the two sites - on Richfield Avenue in Reading and in Bramham Park, near Leeds - includes Post Malone, Foo Fighters, Billie Eilish, The 1975, Charli XCX and Chvrches. 

Public Health England had earlier issued a call for Brits to stay in the shade and drink plenty of water over the Bank Holiday weekend but these warnings were ignored by the thousands of eager fans who kicked off a four-day party and kept cool by making sure the drinks continued to flow. 

Spirits seemed high and there was no sign of the distress and panic that gripped Reading last night when terrified revellers were 'crushed' in a 'stampede' while queuing for a silent disco.

Witnesses said a 'sea of people' built up outside the disco area and crowd size got out of control, with some festival-goers 'trampled' on.

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