Muse top NME poll to find best ever Glastonbury performance

Their 2004 headline slot is voted best ever show at the iconic festival

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Muse

Muse have topped an NME poll to decide the best ever Glastonbury performance, with their 2004 headline set on the Pyramid Stage.

Our online poll invited fans to vote by rating classic moments from the renowned festival out of 10. The 2004 Muse show came out top, following 20,000 online votes in 24 hours.

Muse saw off fierce competition from the likes of Radiohead, Paul McCartney, Blur, David Bowie, Pulp and Stevie Wonder.

Speaking to NME at the time, Muse’s Matt Bellamy said: “I think it's probably one of the best gigs we've ever done. It was definitely the biggest gig of our lives. Yet I didn't have any moments of doubt. I was unusually calm before the gig. It felt good!”

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis says: "People were sceptical initially about Muse as headliners. They were a bit: ‘McCartney, Oasis, Muse? Hmmm.’ But it was like: ‘You watch!’ And it really blew people's minds. It was the best performance of that year. Everyone in that audience was like, 'What is THIS?' And so it was like probably the ultimate booking."

It was a triumphant performance but one followed by tragedy as drummer Dom Howard's father, who had been on site watching his son's band, suffered a heart attack and died later the same night.

Read More On This Artist

Video: Muse - Their Ten Best Songs

Muse Merchandise
More News
SBTRKT streams new song 'The Light' featuring Denai Moore - listen
George Ezra covers Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun' - watch
Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus at crowdfunded gig
James Blake unveils new song on BBC Radio 1 show
David Bowie to release new album 'soon', says producer Tony Visconti
Six Iranians sentenced to prison and lashings for dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' in...
All We Are announce January 2015 release date for debut album – hear first song now
Yorkshire artists cover Gang Of Four's 'Entertainment!' in special Cassette Store...
Guildford venue The Boileroom saved from closure
Richard Hawley to reissue first three albums on vinyl
Johnny Marr reveals new single 'The Trap'
Flying Lotus reveals new song 'Coronus, The Terminator' – listen
Former member of Tatu says she would 'condemn a gay son' in homophobic TV interview
Manchester orchestra covers Oasis, Sex Pistols and The Smiths – listen
Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet to feature on new Queen album 'Queen Forever'
Paul Weller backs campaign to save Guildford venue The Boileroom
Prince reveals new song 'FUNKNROLL' – listen
Guided By Voices announce split and end 'comeback run' with immediate effect
Gwar replace late frontman Oderus Urungus with new singer Vulvatron
Eminem and Sia unveil lyric video for new track 'Guts Over Fear' – watch
Musicians react as Scottish voters reject independence in historic referendum
Laura Jane Grace tweets about 'shitbag' ex-Against Me drummer rumoured to have joined...

More News


Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today