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7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)

The festival season is almost over for another year.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

Almost time to stuff the tent back in the cupboard, finally (actually) hose down our wellies and stare obsessively at all the pics and videos still taking up way too much room on our phone. To help stave off this moment just a little longer, let’s relive some of the maddest festival moments from the last two months of music . From Will Smith’s sudden turn as a DJ at T in the Park to Kanye West’s infamous Wireless rants here are some of the biggest shocks and surprises of the festival season so far.

1. Dappy is booed offstage at Isle of Wight Festival.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

Dappy kicked off the festival season in style by arriving over 15 minutes late for his mid-afternoon set at the festival, only to leave ten minutes later after some serious booing from the gathered crowd. He just about managed to get through three songs (and attempted to publicly shame one individual member of the audience – because Dappy has class) before storming off. The N-Dubz front man tried to laugh off the whole experience, claiming that he cut his festival set short due to technical problems (the problems likely being the fans booing him, but why get technical about this stuff?).

2. BBC tells Glastonbury Festival goers to ‘prepare for rape.’


The BBC shocked viewers at home watching its News At Ten weather report when a subtitle gaffe advised Glastonbury Festival goers to ‘prepare for rape.’ While it was most definitely a rain soaked Glasto this year, we’re not entirely sure we’d have gone quite that far in describing a bit of wet weather. Then again this isn’t the first time the BBC has had subtitle troubles: who remembers the Year of the Horse announcement earlier this year?

3. Bradley Cooper watches Metallica at Glastonbury, hangs out with Michael Fassbender.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
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This one was mainly shocking because one minute you’re happily watching Metallica thrash the life out of Enter Sandman and the next minute you’re staring into the eyes of Bradley Cooper and nothing can ever prepare you for that kind of emotional whiplash.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

Bradley then met up with Michael Fassbender and the pair hung out the whole of Sunday night backstage with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Sam Smith and Nick Grimshaw.

4. Mega storm briefly knocks out Glastonbury power.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

massive rain and electrical storms on Friday saw the Glastonbury organisers have to pull the plug on the festival for nearly an hour when conditions got too dangerous to continue the performances. Not only did this cut off Rudimental mid way through their Pyramid Stage set (the second time it happened to them this summer) but it shut down all the live stream broadcasts put out by the BBC.

5. Kanye West has a meltdown at Wireless Festival
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

Kanye West headlined three nights of the 2014 Wireless Festival (twice in London, once in Birmingham) and he went on a massive twenty minute rant at each performance, leading to boos and jeers from audience members. While wearing a sequin covered mask that completely obscured his face the rapper raged against discrimination in the fashion industry (particularly against himself), media distortions of the truth, comparing himself to a porcupine, and likening having your photo taken by a paparazzi to rape amongst other subjects. Oh and all of this was said through heavy auto-tuning on his microphone, meaning it was a bit like watching an angry musical robot having a moan.

6. MIA invites fans to dance with her onstage who almost immediately cause power outage.
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
By MazSight

Midway through MIA’s headline performance at Lovebox the political pop singer invited a large group of fans onstage to dance with her and her band. It was a lovely gesture, but shortly after making their way to the stage one over excited fan managed to kick a crucial power cable out of joint causing a total power loss to the Main Stage. Awkward. Fans began to boo, eventually causing MIA to leave the stage for several long minutes as the organisers attempted to get the show back on track. When the lights finally did come back up, MIA returned to play another few tracks but still wound up cutting her set short. Not the best end to the weekend.

7. Will Smith joins Calvin Harris onstage at T in the Park
7 Shocks And Surprises From 2014 Music Festivals (So Far)
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There are few better ways to get introed at a festival than by the Fresh Prince himself. Fresh off the back of hanging out in Ibiza for a few days together, Will Smith surprised festival goers by taking to the stage on Saturday night to introduce headliner Calvin Harris. Not just that, he reappeared towards the end of Calvin’s set and got behind the decks with him! Needless to say it was the highlight of the weekend, even if Will never did wind up doing the Fresh Prince rap live on stage.

Share some of your own shocks, surprises and stories from the festival season so far in the comments!

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Erin McCarthy

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