The All Time Greatest Festival Moments
We're well and truly in the depths of festival season, with with Bestival, V Fest, Reading & Leeds and loads more still to come. Here's our look at some of the greatest festival moments of all time.
1. Underworld - Reading 1996
Talk about the zeitgeist - while The Stone Roses were headlining the main stage and effectively winding up their career (they went on hiatus not long after), people "in the know" were at the second stage. There, they could watch Underworld perform Born Slippy, which had become an anthem after being included on the Trainspotting soundtrack earlier that year.
2. Pulp - Glastonbury 1995
Glastonbury '95 was to be part of the great comeback for The Stone Roses after the release of their much-delayed album The Second Coming. But guitarist John Squire had broken his collarbone in a bike accident, leaving Jarvis Cocker and co to step in - stealing the entire show in the process.
3. The Libertines - Reading and Leeds 2010
The long-running animosity between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat mean that a reunion of the much-loved band was unlikely, but Reading and Leeds made them an offer they couldn't refuse. They hedged their bets by appearing on the bill below headliners Arcade Fire, but there was no doubt that they still fire in their bellies.
4. Biffy Clyro - T In The Park 2014
Things came full circle for the Scottish rock trio when they played a triumphant set in their homeland earlier this summer. From the dynamic rhythms of Living Is A Problem… to the gentle acoustic balladry of Machines, it was one of their greatest shows and the most fantastic headline slot of recent times.
5. Nirvana - Reading 1992
Amid stories of drug overdoses and other madness, there was much riding on Nirvana's headline appearance at Britain's biggest rock festival. Pushed onstage in a wheelchair, Kurt Cobain played up to the rumours - and went on to perform an era-defining set. It would be the last show they played on UK soil.
6. Blur - Glastonbury 2009
For a time, we thought it may never happen. But in 2009, all four members of Blur - Albarn, Coxon, James and Rowntree - reunited and performed a series of hugely well-received shows. The highlight was their Glastonbury headlining set, which kicked off with their debut single, She's So High. It was an emotional rollercoaster: from laughs (Phil Daniels turned up for Parklife) to I-think-I've-got-something-in-my-eye moments like Tender.
7. Orbital - Glastonbury 1994
Many cite this performance as the definitive moment "dance" met the old hippie "rock" at Glastonbury and prompted the festival to embrace the music that had been swamping the UK for the previous five years. For two men stood behind a bank of equipment, Paul and Phil Hartnoll put on a hell of a show.
8. Manic Street Preachers - Reading 1994
1994 was a turbulent year for the Manics. In July, guitarist Richey Edwards was sent to rehab over alcohol addiction and problems with self-harm. Rumours that the band were about the split were rife, but the others performed at Reading as a trio instead of cancelling. Their defiant set included a cover of Nirvana's Pennyroyal Tea as a tribute to the late Kurt Cobain. It was soon to become a permanent set-up when Richey disappeared the next year.
9. Radiohead - Glastonbury 1997
Glasto 1997 was the Year Of The Mud - not just the usual Glastonbury mud, but an apocalyptic onslaught of nastiness that threatened to scupper the entire weekend. Enter Thom Yorke and co, who took control of the situation with a stunning set that ended with the double-whammy of High And Dry and Street Spirit (Fade Out).