November 09, 2016

Best festival performances from the last 10 years

There have been so many amazing festival moments over the last 10 years and it’s impossible to definitively select the biggest highlight of each year. But in celebration of our 10 years of ticketscript we thought we’d be bold and give it a go. Sit back, relax and check out our playlist that will make you wish summer 2017 was here already!

2007: The Rolling Stones  

The legends of rock n’ roll returned to the stage for their first performance in more than three decades to finish of The Isle of Wight festival. Enough said.

2008: Jay-Z 

Cast your mind back to the absolute catastrophe this caused amongst your more ‘traditional’ Glastonbury goers. Noel Gallagher also joined the bandwagon by stating “I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong”. Jay-Z took this opportunity to show the world that hip-hop could in fact, match the rock band headliner status, and had a bit of fun with Gallagher in an opening track never to be forgotten.

2009: Blur 

This was a reunion show for the ages. At the time, many called it ‘the best festival performance in 40 years’. Frontman, Damon Albarn, even shed a tear during the incredible headline set.

2010: Arcade Fire

Fresh off the release of arguably their best album ‘The Suburbs’, Arcade Fire seemed like an odd choice to many for Reading but they pulled off one of the best performances the band and crowd had ever been a part of. Watch the video for their finale ‘Wake Up’, it will give you shivers down your spine.

2011: Beyonce

Queen Bee was nothing short of phenomenal during her headline set on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury. She performed all of her hits, an incredible rendition of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’, leaving the crowd in awe of her supreme talent.

2012: Foo Fighters 

Technically this might not have been the best live show of 2012 but Mr Dave Grohl gets the nod of approval after he fell from the stage, broke his leg, only to return a couple hours later and finish the set. True rock n’ roll legendary status right there.

2013: Arctic Monkey

Alex Turner and his band debuted at Glastonbury in 2007 under much harder conditions and it all seemed a little overwhelming. They made up for that and more with their return in 2013 and cemented the band amongst the greats as a headline worthy act.

2014: Royal Blood 

During Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury set in 2013, their drummer wore a Royal Blood t-shirt in front of thousands which leads us nicely onto the highlight of 2014. Royal Blood had a 2.15pm slot and easily drew the biggest ‘non-mainstage’ crowd of Reading Festival. It was the perfect storm with the right amount of hype, exposure and a crowd that knew they were in for a show never to be forgotten.

2015: Kendrick Lamar 

The king of rap. Kendrick Lamar is beyond an artist, he’s a visionary.  His afternoon set at Wireless Festival saw him incorporate a full band into his performance which brought his incredible catalogue of songs to life. The crowd went crazy, Kendrick gave his all, and everyone walked away knowing they just witnessed one of the best live rap shows of the 2000s.

2016: LCD Soundsystem

When the rumours started spreading that LCD Soundsystem would return in 2016 after their supposed final show ever at Madison Square Garden in 2011, excitement levels among fans starting skyrocketing. Thankfully the rumours turned out to be true and we were once again treated to a show that can only be described as ‘epic’ during Primavera in Barcelona.