Your Top 10 festival sets revealed

The Prodigy at Coachella 2003 by Craig Arthur
The Prodigy at Coachella 2003 by Craig Arthur

There were few surprises in last week's poll of the top 10 festival sets of all time, so we asked you to nominate your lesser known faves to provide an alternative to the legends of Radiohead, Hendrix, and co.

Yes, we all know them. Those legendary summer festival sets that everyone bangs on about endlessly, smug in the knowledge that they ‘were there’ and survived the rain/mud/acid/hippy-scrum/last-30-years, whatever it was that made that moment so wonderfully special (other than the band of course!)

These magical live moments have long been vaulted away in the anals of history; Radiohead saving a sinking Glastonbury, Hendrix burning his guitar at the Isle Of Wight, PJ Harvey emerging in that pink jumpsuit, Kurt Cobain in that wheelchair, the list goes on.

But what of those lesser celebrated gems? There are so many incredible sets at so many different festivals that it seems a shame to continuously bang on about the same ones every year. So following a fairly predictable top 10 poll in last week’s Times newspaper, VF offered its own alternative version, and then asked for yours. They are all listed below in what you could call a definitive top 30 – but that would contradict everything I just said, so it isn’t…

Top 10 Festival Sets – published in The Times. Nominated by an industry panel (including Ricky Wilson, Carl Barat, Larry Love, Dizzee Rascal) and voted into order by readers.

1. Radiohead – Glastonbury, 1997
2. The Who – Woodstock, 1969
3. Jimi Hendrix – Monterey Pop Festival, 1967
4. Nirvana – Reading, 1992
5. The Rolling Stones – Hyde Park, 1969
6. Pulp, Glastonbury – 1995
7. New Order, Reading – 1998
8. Kevin Rowland, Reading – 1999
9. PJ Harvey, Glastonbury – 1995
10. Iggy Pop, Reading – 1998

VF’s Alternative Top 10 – chosen and ordered by us.

1. Blur – Glastonbury, 1998
2. Metallica – Download, 2004
3. Primal Scream – Glastonbury, 2003
4. Muse – V Festival, 2001
5. Rage Against The Machine – Reading, 1993
6. Nitin Sawhney – Big Chill, 2003
7. Embrace – T In The Park, 2000
8. Status Quo – Guilfest, 2005
9. Mark Lanegan – Leeds, 2004
10. Willie Nelson – Glastonbury, 2000

Your Top 10 – chosen and ordered by your nominations and votes.

1. The Prodigy – V Festival, 1997
2. Faithless – V Festival, 1999
3. Green Day – Reading, 2001
4. Guns N Roses – Leeds, 2002
5. Metallica – Reading, 2003
6. Children Of Bodom – Wacken Festival, 2004
7. Paul McCartney – Glastonbury, 2004 
8. Muse – Leeds, 2002
9. Therapy – Download, 2005
10. Moloko – V Festival, 2003

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