Queen's Live Aid performance voted most iconic festival moment

Queen are crowned concert champions as their performance at Live Aid is voted most iconic festival moment of all time

Freddie Mercury’s mesmerising performance with Queen at Wembley Stadium is one of the most enduring memories of Live Aid.

Now the band’s 1985 performance of We Will Rock You has been crowned the most iconic festival moment of all time.

It beat David Bowie’s 2000 headline slot at Glastonbury and Kylie Minogue’s comeback at the same venue last year. 

Queen topped the poll with 27 per cent of the vote. Bowie’s Worthy Farm show, later released as a live album, followed with 13 per cent, the same score that Kylie gained.

U2’s Live Aid appearance was placed fourth. 

Freddie Mercury’s mesmerising performance with Queen at Wembley Stadium is one of the most enduring memories of Live Aid

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In fifth was Adele’s headline set at Glastonbury in 2016, closely followed by Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar ablaze at the Monterey Festival in 1967. 

The Who at Woodstock in 1969 came seventh, ahead of Bob Marley at Smile Jamaica in 1976.

Completing the top ten is Eminem and Rihanna performing Love The Way You Lie together at V Festival in 2011, and The Rolling Stones performing at Glastonbury in 2013.

The poll of 2,000 Britons was commissioned to mark the return of Virgin Media’s V Festival.

A spokesman for Virgin Media – ahead of the return of Virgin Media’s Virtual V Festival – including headliners Anne Marie, Olly Murs and Dizzee Rascal – said: ‘Queen’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 has been voted as the most iconic festival moment of all time.’

Cilesta Van Doorn, of Virgin Media, said: ‘Over the years, festivals have offered the chance to connect with our favourite artists, friends and family and create some truly unforgettable moments.

‘Although festivals haven’t taken place physically this year, we’re delighted to have brought back Virgin Media’s V Festival in virtual form.’

Most memorable festival moments of all time – poll 

1 – Queen, Live Aid. 1985 – 27 per cent

2 – David Bowie, Glastonbury, 2000 – 13 per cent

3 – Kylie, Glastonbury, 2019 – 13 per cent

4 – U2 at Live Aid, 1985 – 12 per cent

5 – Adele, Glastonbury, 2016 – 11 per cent

6 – Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop Festival, 1967 – 10 per cent

7 – The Who, Woodstock 1969 – 10 per cent

8 – Bob Marley, Smile Jamaica, 1976 – 10 per cent

9 – Eminem and Rihanna, V Festival, 2011 – 10 per cent

10 – The Rolling Stones, Glastonbury, 2013 – 10 per cent

11 – Oasis, Glastonbury, 1994 – 10 per cent

12 – Beyonce, Glastonbury, 2011 – 9 per cent

13 – Amy Winehouse’s last performance at the Belgrade Tuborg Festival, 2011 – 9 per cent

14 – Nirvana at Reading Festival, 1992 – 8 per cent

15 – Led Zeppelin, Bath Festival 1970 – 8 per cent

16 – Oasis performing together for the last time at V Festival in 2009 – 8 per cent

17 – Beyonce with Destiny’s Child at Coachella, 2018 – 8 per cent

18 – Joe Cocker Woodstock, 1969 – 8 per cent

19 – Stevie Wonder, Glastonbury, 2010 – 8 per cent

20 – Lady Gaga, V Festival, 2009 – 8 per cent

 

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