Share Your 2010 Festival Highs And Lows

In the new issue you’ll find the results of our annual festival poll.

A few key points: The Libertines reuniting was your defining festival moment of the summer (and ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ was your anthem of the summer, with 21% of the total vote).

NME readers’ biggest let-down was Guns N’Roses’ desultory performances at Reading and Leeds – though that didn’t prevent R&L from being voted festival of the year by quite some distance (42%, against Glastonbury’s 24%).

Oh, and The Strokes are the band you most want to see headlining festivals next year. We thought we’d ask a few bands to take part in the survey too. Here are The Cribs, Wild Beasts and The Maccabees talking about their bands of the summer.

And here are a few more – including Mumford on The Strokes, and Klaxons revealing an unlikely passion for Limp Bizkit.

But how about you? We thought we’d use this blog post as a full stop on the 2010 festival season, an opportunity to look back and reflect. Which bands blew you away? What are your standout memories?

Here are a few of ours to get you started:

Tim Chester
High: Thom Yorke playing Karma Police as the sun went over the horizon at Glasto. That or Snap! the following night.
Low: A toss-up between waiting for Axl in the rain and enduring the endless bell-ends of 1234 festival.

Laura Snapes
High: Getting a bit tiddly and being allowed to stand on the side of the stage for when Janelle Monae played Les Eurockeennes, and getting a thumbs up from the grand dame herself when my friend and I made a shonky attempt at her buttery foot shuffle during ‘Tightrope’! That and the shooting star during Arcade Fire’s set at Leeds.
Low: Being made to watch all of Paolo Nutini’s set at T. And Florence’s. And Vampire Weekend’s. And The Temper Trap’s. Basically all of T in the Park, apart from Dirty Projectors. And managing to miss Everything Everything at EVERY goddamn festival I went to!

Paul Stokes
High: Laura Marling on the Park Stage at Glastonbury was a truly moving moment of true musical beauty, the defiant Walkmen were worth getting out of bed for early at Reading, and having The Strokes back at the Isle Of Wight was amazing.
Low: The Strokes didn’t play any new songs. Plus, the idiots who tried to bottle James Murphy during LCD Soundsystem’s Wireless set. He prevailed – “If you want to throw bottles at me come and find me afterwards, throw you bottle at me and then I will pay our medical bills when I’m done” – but it took the shine off what could have been a special night.

Abby Tayleure
High: Watching Jeffrey Lewis headline a tiny tent at Standon Calling while clutching the signed cartoon that the amazing Laura Snapes got him to draw for me and acting like the most insane mega fan ever.
Low: Low point: Interviewing Chase and Status while dressed as Adam Ant – don’t ask.

Alan Woodhouse
High: Watching The Flaming Lips at Glastonbury with my best mates and their kids (Hannah, 5 and Alfie, 2) on our shoulders. We all loved it, then I met Wayne Coyne afterwards and told him about it.
Low: The queues at Latitude. It would be an impressive festival if you could get in to see anything. If it’s not on the two main music stages, or if it’s above average food, then you might as well forget it.

Read the full results of our 2010 festival poll in the new issue of NME, on sale from Wednesday 15 September