The NME-sponsored event kicks off in style...

David Bowie wowed fans and stars at the first night of the NME-sponsored ‘MOVE’ festival in MANCHESTER last night (July 10).

The show, at Lancashire County Cricket Club, saw John Lydon, Badly Drawn Boy and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans brave the elements to witness the legend’s only outdoor UK show of the year, alongside Suede, Divine Comedy, the Pixies and the Real People.

David Bowie’s set drew heavily on new album ‘Heathen’, which saw him reunited with Tony Visconti, producer of seminal albums ‘Low’ and ‘Scary Monsters And Super Creeps’. However, he also echoed his 2000 Glastonbury appearance, opening with crowd favourite ‘Life On Mars?’ and incorporating ‘Starman’, ‘Heroes’ and ‘Changes’.

Suede, meanwhile, battled short-lived but torrential rain while airing new tracks from forthcoming album ‘A New Morning’, including next single ‘Positivity’ and ‘Beautiful Loser’ in an otherwise standard set that incorporated material from all four of their albums to date.

A stripped-down David Bowie were notable for a cover version of ‘Planet Of

Sound’ by the Alfie – the first of the day’s tributes, as David Bowie played a reworking of ‘Cactus’.

The show was opened by the Pixies and The Real People, while the day was compered by BBC Radio 1 DJs Mark and Lard.

Backstage, The Charlatans singer Tim Burgess told NME.COM that he only caught David Bowie’s finale following a mix-up with passes, but was not too upset. “I’ve

always admired him,” he said, “but I never really got the theatre, I was

always a fan of ‘Oh You Pretty Things’ and ‘Hunky Dory’, I am a big fan of the ‘Scary Monsters’ album.”

Also spotted were former Sex Pistols John Lydon, alongside locals Badly Drawn Boy, Peter Hook and [/a].

The Move festival, which forms part of this year’s NME 5.0 celebrations, continues today (July 11), with Green Day, [a], A, [/a], [a] and Hoobastank.