The Horrors On The Greatest Festival Sets They’ve Ever Seen

Festival season is cranking up, and The Horrors are no strangers to the whole party in a giant field scene. We asked the band to reminisce about the greatest shows they’ve ever been lucky enough to witness as fans. Guitarist Joshua Hayward filled us in:

Kraftwerk, Hurricane/Southside (sister festivals)
“Thanks to the programming we were able to watch them two nights in a row in their native Germany. Surprisingly, both nights were completely different. The first festival crowd seemed stiffer, and they performed with their trademark robotic precision. The second night however had a much more relaxed atmosphere and as a result they performed the grooviest set I’ve seen them play. Both nights were of course amazing.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5fQ6rlDiqA

Portishead, ATP Minehead
“Back when Butlins would be taken over by noise fans for a weekend every year to listen to doom bands and throw chalet parties. I always enjoyed going to these as bizarre a setting as it was. This was the first time we’d got to see them play “Third” live and it felt like such a special treat. They had decided to play on the smaller stage instead of in the big hall, and it felt wonderfully intimate as a result. It was an honour to be asked to play this weekend, and again at the MBV one a couple of years later.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2KVUEd8ZKk

Throbbing Gristle, Coachella
“This was my first and last throbbing gristle show. I didn’t really know what to expect and I hadn’t really foreseen it working on a racetrack in the Californian desert, but it was spellbinding. I can’t remember any specifics and that would be missing the point, simply they sounded so alien and it felt so raw.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_PmQDEZ8D8

Primal Scream, Glastonbury
“This isn’t the set two years later where they berated the crowd for liking Basement Jaxx, but I actually saw this one. I actually came to about a third through their set, surrounded by hippies and with a strong smell of smoke about me. I had passed out near the back of the crowd and a group of people had started a fire and a dance circle around me. Do not trust your friends to do anything more than laugh in these situations.”


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSUmLtWrI3g

Blur, Glastonbury
“After what had been a very emotional weekend I had considered going home early that year, but had pushed through and stayed. I’m glad I did, because this was perhaps the best headline set I’ve seen. They managed to elicit such a sense of togetherness from a tired Sunday crowd, everyone was behind them and they were stunning. It’s great to see a band playing after an extended leave of absence and pick up exactly where they left off, it was a joyous end to the weekend.”