Festivals are bloody great, aren’t they? Sadly, over the years some have ceased to be, their hallowed fields never to be boozed on or moshed upon again. Here we pay tribute to some of the UK’s greatest ever outdoor ragers. Never forget.
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park:
Oh Hevy Fest, we hardly knew ye. After six years the festival's final outing was last year. Enter Shikari and Refused were due to play the hardcore, punk and metal fest this year, but the plug was pulled because of budgets. "As a small independent event, we want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years," they announced. Sniffle.
Matterley Bowl, Winchester:
Homelands was a dance music extravaganza put on by the folk behind the Home nightclub in London. It was rowdy, it was sweaty, it was intense. The Beastie Boys played the first edition, but by 2005 the dance remit was expanded and the likes of Beck and Babyshambles were on the bill.
It may have crashed and burned in a blaze of bankruptcy, but in its heyday ATP was glorious. Taking over Pontins in Camber Sands and Butlins in Minehead, its premise was simple - get a holiday camp, fill it with 5,000 people who like slightly leftfield music, give them lots and lots of beer and stand back and watch the beautiful carnage. Everyone from Iggy Pop to Nick Cave to Aphex Twin played. Thanks for the memories, ATP.
Monsters Of Rock:
Here it is. The big one. The daddy. Monsters Of Rock - the mighty festival which begat Download. Held at Castle Donington from 1979 until 1996, it hosted every major rock act in the world - AC/DC, Rainbow, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Motorhead, Metallica, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Motorhead, Ozzy - the list goes on and on. We are not worthy.
Long Marston Airfield:
Phoenix was basically the first indie festival. Glasto was for the hippies, Reading was for the rockers and Monsters of Rock was for the metalheads. Phoenix had Bowie, Bjork, Neil Young, Black Grape, Suede, Iggy Pop, The Specials and Lush. Damn, Phoenix sounds great.
The very hard rocking Sonisphere started in 2009 and toured its way across Europe with Metallica at the helm. It was last heard from in 2014, with Iron Maiden, Limp Bizkit, The Prodigy, Slayer and Mastodon all playing. Come back Sonisphere, we miss you.
Rockness was, unsurprisingly given the name, a festival which took place on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. Running from 2006 until 2013, it saw some pretty big hitters take to its stages, including Kasabian, Mumford and Sons, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk and Flaming Lips.
London Victoria Park:
You could only go to Underage if you were between the ages of 13 and 17. It was basically the best school disco of all time, with Foals, Crystal Castles, Wild Beasts, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gallows and Dizzee Rascal all entertaining the most hyped crowds ever.