Music Festivals: 101 facts you may not have known

21. In June 2018 Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses and Ozzy Osbourne headlined the UK edition of Download Festival. +/- 80,000 people attended this edition.

22. At the 2004 edition of Download Festival Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich wasn’t feeling to well so he asked around to find someone who would be filling his shoes during his band’s set, two guys stepped up to perform the task: Joey Jordison (from Slipknot) and Dave Lombardo (from Slayer).

23. AC/DC are the only band to have ever had their very own exclusive purpose built stage at Download Festival. The band insisted on a 65-meter platform featuring a six-ton train, two sets of cannons and a giant bell in 2010.

24. Reading Festival was originally known as the National Jazz Festival and was hosted for the first time in 1961 at Richmond Athletic Ground. It was hosted at different locations in London and other cities before finding a permanent home in Reading in 1971.

25. The first edition of Leeds Festival was held in 1999 to cope with demand for tickets for Reading Festival. Both festivals have been on the same bank holiday weekend since then.

26. Reading Festival’s site has a capacity of 90,000 and Leeds Festival’s site has a capacity of 75,000.

27. Flags and banners have been banned at Reading Festival since 2009.

28. Bottling acts offstage is a frequent occurrence at Reading Festival. The list of acts that have been bottled over the years includes Meat Loaf, Bonnie Tyler, 50 Cent, Twenty One Pilots, Panic At The Disco!, Good Charlotte and My Chemical Romance. Some of the bottled acts finished their sets, others did not.

29. Nirvana headlined Reading Festival in 1992.

Reading Music Festival

30. Kasabian, Eminem and Muse headlined the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2017.

31. STRAB music festival (in Mozambique) was first held in 2004. The first event wasn’t really a festival though, it was just a bunch of bands playing music for people who went diving on a weekend at Ponta Malongane.

32. Tickets for STRAB music festival are limited to only 1,000.

33. STRAB (Subterranean Rhythm and Blues) festival features mostly South African artists. Acts that have played there over the years include The Black Cat Bones, Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost, Karen Zoid, Mr Cat and the Jackal, Chris Chameleon, Jack Hammer, Willim Welsyn, Bittereinder and others. Stelth Ulvang (from The Lumineers) also played a solo set there in 2013.

34. Bushfire Festival has been held in Swaziland since 2006 and has been named by CNN as one of the 7 African music festival you have to see and by BBC as the top African music festival.

35. Bushfire Festival is held in the Malkerns Valley in Swaziland in May every year and attracts 20,000 people.

36. 100% of Bushfire Festival’s profits donated to two Swazi charities; Young Heroes, (a child sponsorship programme assisting Swazi orphans), and Gone Rural boMake (a charity that assists rural Swazi women and the communities with information and infrastructure development, addressing health, education and social concerns).

37. Festival Mawazine is Morocco’s biggest music festival that takes place annually in Rabat, Morocco. It attracts more than 2 million people and has been held since October 2001.

38. The 3-day Vic Falls Carnival is held at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe every year and features performances by artists from Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia.

39. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival was first held in 1999 and attracts 30,000 over the 2 days that’s it held every year at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Pinkpop Music Festival

40. Pinkpop Festival has been held at Landgraaf in the Netherlands since 1970. 60,000 people attend the festival every year (which is now held over 3 days).

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Henno Kruger

Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant

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