Festival favourites: what blew your mind


SMALL PRINT:On Saturday Jim Carroll counted down 20 memorable music-festival moments and asked you to send in your suggestions to his On The Record blog. Here are just a few of them:

“Though it divided people’s opinion I’d have to say Aphex Twin (below) at this year’s Forbidden Fruit is a gig I’ll remember fondly for years as the time he finally came through with a mindblowing festival performance.”

– xdeletiax

“John Martyn doing a blinding 10-minute version of Johnny Too Badat Millstreet ’96, despite being told to wind it up by a stage manager.”

– Martin Foyle

“Loved Mick Pyro getting a jam-packed tent at Oxegen to kneel down before him.”

– Philip Flynn

“Surprised the boys of Ballisodare didn’t make it on to your radar. It started in 1977 with a weekend festival that went on to run for six years until 1982. Ballisodare was the first-ever three-day weekend music festival using the tented-village idea and at its peak attracted 20,000 fans.”

– David Corway

“Lisdoonvarna 1981 was a memorable festival, featuring acts such as Christy Moore, Lindisfarne, Steel Pulse and Paul Brady. We went to see The Beat, and the atmosphere was set with bonfires lighting up the evening sky. The singer said the scene reminded him of Brixton and Toxteth, and, as the crowd roared, they launched into Stand Down Margaret.”

– Dick Browne

“Paul Brady at last year’s Electric Picnic was a moment. I’ve never been in a crowd that sang The Islandto him. Made me weep.”

– Colette

“Sigur Rós directly after Zidane’s headbutt at Oxegen ’06 was epic. I got a lovely thump to the face during Arcade Fire’s ’05 EP set. Seeing Ireland beat Holland in 2001 with 80,000 U2 fans at Slane was pretty cool.”

– JC