In the run up to the UK Festival Awards we'll be profiling certain categories, taking you through some of the nominations and generally explaining what each particular award is all about...
Most Memorable Festival Moment – Vote HERE
Undoubtedly everyone has their own unforgettable festival moments, from waking up naked in a pool of clay to accidentally spilling a pint over Peaches Geldoff, but the nominations for the Most Memorable Festival Moment award are occasions witnessed en masse, the shared experience of thousands.
They range from the funny to the cringe worthy, the moving to the triumphant, the inspiring to sentimental – these are the moments that make music festivals a completely unique affair. Previous 'winners' have included 50 Cent's bottling at Reading in 2004 and the Glastonbury storm of 2005, moments etched in live music history. This year's nominees are as follows:
– A drunken Suggs from Madness invades Primal Scream’s headline set at Bestival.
– Beth Ditto gets down to her underwear at every festival possible!
– Bloom Festival breaks the Guinness World Record for the biggest game of Musical Statues.
– Foo Fighters perform a secret afternoon set at V Festival under the name ‘606’.
– Gallows singer Frank Carter gets tattooed on stage at Reading Festival.
– Hard Fi perform a surprise headline set in Glastonbury’s Left Field tent, their only 2007 festival.
– Kaiser Chiefs' secret homecoming gig at Leeds Festival under the name ‘Hooks For Hands’.
– Marley Brothers revive the spirit of Bob by presenting Exodus at Glastonbury.
– Paolo Nutini and Amy Winehouse join The Rolling Stones on stage at Isle of Wight Festival.
– Snow Patrol coax down ‘Superman’ impersonator from a 30 foot high gantry at T in the Park.
– Star collaborations during Africa Express at Glastonbury’s new Park Stage.
– Three bands at Endorse-it-in-Dorset team up to accompany Lee Scratch Perry after his band fail to turn up.
Will the accolade go to a secret gig? Foo Fighters performed a surprise show in the afternoon under the pseudonym ‘606’ before their V Festival headline, set which could grab them the gong. But it could equally go to Hook For Hands – aka Kaiser Chiefs – who performed a secret homecoming gig at Leeds Festival.
Maybe Hard Fi’s only festival appearance of the summer made their shock set at Glastonbury’s Left Field tent all that more special. Yet on the other hand it could go to Beth Ditto thanks to her habit of getting back to nature in the great outdoors.
Madness could have been nominated for a completely different reason after a surprise Saturday show at Bestival, but anyone who saw Suggs’ stage invasion of Primal Scream’s headline set on Sunday night will surely agree that it was much more memorable – although we're guessing his recollections may be slightly hazy…
The antics of a student ‘Spiderman’ who clambered up one of T in the Park’s gantries earned Snow Patrol a nomination after Gary Lightbody coaxed the Peter Parker impostor down, but it may not be enough to hold off Bloom Festival breaking the world record for the largest game of Musical Statues ever!
On the collaboration side, Glastonbury’s new Park Stage got some of Africa’s biggest stars together with a host of British talent to produce a whole night of covers, while at Endorse-It-In-Dorset members from three different acts saved the day by joining Lee Scratch Perry onstage after his band failed to turn up.
Of all the crazy antics Gallows’ Frank Carter got up this year he probably could’ve filled this list himself, but we chose to nominate his getting tattooed onstage at Reading Festival as his finest moment. But will it win?
Not if the Marley Brothers have anything to say about it. Three of Bob Marley’s boys performed a selection of their dad’s hits in the sunshine at Glastonbury, but will it get enough ‘One Love’ to take the award?
Vote for your best HERE.