Nicky Wire recalls Manics’ Glastonbury debut: ‘How I could be that angry about nothing?’ – watch

Bassist famously called for a bypass to be built over Worthy Farm in 1994

Manic Street Preachers bassist Nicky Wire has said he doesn’t know what he was so angry about when he criticised Glastonbury Festival during their infamous 1994 slot.

The band will perform on The Other Stage on the Saturday night of the this year’s festival, marking the 20th anniversary of their first appearance. Their appearance is mainly remembered for bass player Wire referring to the festival as a “shit hole” and saying that a bypass should be built over the site.

Looking back on that day while speaking in a new interview with NME, Wire says: “I remember it vividly because we were so grumpy and grouchy. We were on the edge of falling apart. It was the peak of our internalised hatred for everything and everyone. I look back at the footage and wonder how I could be that angry about nothing.”


Following Glastonbury, Manic Steet Preachers release their new album ‘Futurology’, the follow up to last year’s album ‘Rewind The Film’, on July 7. German actress Nina Hoss features on the record along with Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside, Georgia Ruth, Super Furry Animals’ Cian Ciarán, Cate Le Bon and H Hawkline.

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