Manic Street Preachers cover Nirvana and Rihanna at Oxegen

Trio pay tribute to Richey Edwards and Ian McCulloch

Manic Street Preachers paid tribute to missing guitarist Richey Edwards and covered Rihanna and Nirvana during their headline show at Oxegen‘s Green Room Tent.

The Welsh trio played a crowd-pleasing greatest hits set, though left the packed tent wanting more with a show that lasted just under an hour.

Introducing last year’s comeback single ‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’, bassist Nicky Wire explained: “This song is dedicated to the genius of two people, Mr Richard Edwards and Mr Ian McCulloch.”


McCulloch had earlier performed on the same stage with his band, Liverpool legends Echo And The Bunnymen.

Opening their set with ‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, frontman James Dean Bradfield thanked the crowd for packing out the tent, saying: “Midnight and you still stayed to see us. We fuckin’ love you.”

The trio then played 2000’s limited edition single ‘The Masses Against The Classes’, before Bradfield introduced their version of Rihanna‘s ‘Umbrella’ – originally recorded for an NME CD – saying: “This is a pop song. It’s Mr Nicky Wire‘s favourite tune of 2007.”

Later in the set the band played a raucous cover of Nirvana‘s 1994 single ‘Pennyroyal Tea’, after which Bradfield asked the crowd: “How many drinking songs do you think we have here? One, two, four or five? Well, give me a fiver and I’ll buy you a drink. This is a Welsh international drinking song.”

The band then performed an ecstatically-received version of their 1996 hit ‘A Design For Life’.”

Manic Street Preachers played:


‘Motorcycle Emptiness’

‘You Stole The Sun From My Heart’

‘The Masses Against The Classes’


‘Your Love Alone Is Not Enough’

‘Ocean Spray’

‘You Love Us’

‘Kevin Carter’

‘Pennyroyal Tea’

‘A Design For Life’


‘Motown Junk’

‘If You Tolerate This, Then Your Children Will Be Next’

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