Muse top NME poll to find best ever Glastonbury performance

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

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.