When Glastonbury shows go wrong!

Coldplay at Isle Of Wight Festival 2006 by Kate Anderson
Coldplay at Isle Of Wight Festival 2006 by Kate Anderson

Our video guide to the good, the bad and the ugly moments at Glastonbury Festivals of old.

The biggest festival in the world really does produce the biggest highs and lows. From Radiohead in 1997 to Gorrilaz in 2010. We’ve collected the best and worst, high and lowlights, from a few of the roster due to take to the stage this June.

  – ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ at Glastonbury 2005

It’s 2005 and Kylie Minogue has had to pull her Glastonbury headline slot after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Basement Jaxx step in as a replacement, but still Coldplay decide to take it upon themselves to cover her number one hit ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’. If you listen carefully enough, you can hear the sirens of several local police units heading towards the Pyramid Stage after reports of the track being murdered by Chris Martin and Co. 


Primal Scream – ‘Swastika Eyes’ at Glastonbury 2005

If Bobby Gillespie were to sign up for internet dating, ‘sensitive’ isn’t a adjective you’d expect him to punch into his introduction next to a picture of him gurning miserably, not least in 2005. Their notorious appearance that year hit headlines for all the wrong reasons including his Nazi salute during ‘Swastika Eyes’ – clocking in here at two minutes 30 seconds. 

And the brilliant:

Biffy Clyro – ‘Bubbles‘ at Glastonbury 2010

The worst kept secret of all secrets once kept, Biffy Clyro coming out to a Park Stage audience overflowing from the sides was the moment of 2010. Pennards hill overlooking was awash with fans, happy to sing-a-long and ‘woo’ where appropriate to The Captain. As they are for T In The Park above the border, below it the band seem the staple reserve of Glastonbury festival, and this Park Stage booking was testament to how fond the Eavis’ really are of the Scotch lads.

Not without incident the secret set saw frontman Simon Neil land awkwardly and badly sprain his knee

Elbow – ‘One Day Like This‘ at Glastonbury 2008

It’s like coming back to your childhood home with a new car, lady or child in tow. A sense of pride, nostalgia and the inevitable. This was Elbow in 2008, and their baby ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ had learnt to grow, speak and capture the gaze of every stranger that walked by. It was one of those moments when two perfect trajectories meet and by the time Elbow came to finish the set the finale couldn’t say it better than ‘One Day Like This’.

Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Regular John‘ at Glastonbury 2002 

A vintage clip from BBC Choice – remember that channel? me neither. But no one can forget the surge of brilliance that drenched the main stage in 2002. It was the dream team: Josh Homme, Nick Olveri – fully clothed for this turn, Troy Van Leeuwen, and a little known drummer boy by the name of Dave Grohl. Timing was, like everything, key. Songs For The Deaf was as fresh as a daisy and after the stoner-rock and narcotic-bridled first couple of albums this new era for Queens would bring a rewriting of the rulebook when it came to the crossover rock anthem.


It just begs the question, what moments will Glastonbury Festival 2011 leave us to write about when it comes to the next one in 2013?