With festival season coming to a close, and the bucket hats and bum bags going back on the shelf, we look back on some of the wackiest and confusing moments that have happened at music festivals over the years.
Dave brings on Alex – Glastonbury 2019
Glastonbury 2019 seems so long ago now, where we saw Stormzy, The Killers, and The Cure headline in style. But who remembers when British rapper Dave got a fan from the crowd to perform his song ‘Thiago Silva’. This fan was called Alex and, wearing his bucket hat proudly, impressed everyone when he knew the song word for word.
Paul Pogba makes an appearance – Parklife 2021
It’s not exactly strange for a footballer to be at a festival, I’m sure lots of them have. But how often do you see them come out on stage? The crowd of this year’s Parklife got to see Man United’s star midfielder Paul Pogba come on stage with Nigerian artist Burna Boy. Not only this, he did it only a few hours after beating Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford. I guess it’s a good job they won.
Shaq gets in the mix – Tomorrowland 2019
If you’re a fan of basketball, you’ll certainly know the name Shaquille O’neal. A giant of a man, standing at 7ft 1in, he got properly involved in the crowd at Tomorrowland back in 2019. He was anything but subtle, and it’s certainly not every day you see a world famous basketballer headbanging at a festival.
Man on the melodica – somewhere in 2020
You get a lot of interesting characters at festivals. At this festival last year this man clearly had a wonderful time charming some of the crowd with his melodica. Giving his own rendition of David Guetta’s ‘Play Hard’, maybe this guy should be headlining next time.
Jay Z performs Wonderwall? – Glastonbury 2008
This is not a mistake, this actually happened in real life. We’re going quite far back for this one, but it couldn’t not be mentioned. Donning an electric guitar that was left mostly untouched, Jay Z thought the best way to win over the Glastonbury crowd was to do his own version of Oasis’ classic song. It’s safe to say that he should’ve probably stuck to his own material.
Lorraine Kelly introduces KSI – TRNSMT 2021
For anyone who’s grown up watching Youtube over the past decade then you’ll more than likely know the name KSI. The Youtube star has taken a career turn into music, and has done a big round tour of festivals this summer. At Glasgow’s TRNSMT festival, he got the one and only Scottish TV legend Lorraine Kelly to introduce his set! That’s surely the definition of an unlikely friendship.
A big ol’ mosh pit – Aerodrome 2018
We’ve all seen a good mosh pit, and they’re not for the faint-hearted. This mosh pit at Aerodrome Festival in Prague saw a mosh pit to dwarf all other mosh pits. Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith created this chaos, and you wouldn’t want to get stuck in the middle of it.
The mess of Fyre Festival – 2017
Fyre Festival was an idea to create one of the world’s most high-end festival. With ‘influencers’ from across the globe advertising it to the world’s rich and wealthy with the promise of an amazing few days of music on a luxury island. What they were met with was a poorly planned event, rain pouring down, and people scrambling for tents on the beach when they were promised villas. The festival caused such an uproar, it even got its own Netflix documentary.
Kanye West holds his Sunday Service – Coachella 2019
Kanye West is known for doing some ridiculous things. However, at Coachella 2019, he put the tip on the top of the iceberg when he decided to hold a Sunday Service. Backed by his own gospel choir, the Yeezy owner certainly gave the crowd a performance they would not forget.
A YMCA Wall of Death – Riot Fest 2019
Chicago’s Riot Fest usually has some pretty intense crowds that gather for its rock-heavy lineup. That didn’t stop them from enjoying a bit of The Village People’s classic track ‘YMCA’. In what must have been one of the weirdest songs to jump into people to, the crowd really made the most of this one.