Manchester’s lost ‘anti Glastonbury’ festival lasted just three years

20 years ago, the festival attracted the biggest artists in the world, including Bowie, Morrissey, REM and the Stereophonics

This year marks 20 years since a new music festival came to Manchester featuring some of the biggest music stars in the world.

The Move Festival first took place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in July 2002, before the final festival, taking place in 2004, Manchester music legend Morrissey concluded the four-day event.

The city music festival was called the “anti-Glastonbury” in a 2003 article in The Guardian – solving the problem of muddy fields by covering Old Trafford’s sacred turf with polyethylene for the event.

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In 2005, the planned annual event was canceled after last year’s sponsor, Virgin Trains, withdrew and no new sponsor could be found.

The popular four-day festival had seen thousands of people flock to Manchester, but it was less popular with Old Trafford residents who complained that there were so many rock fans outside the door.

To celebrate the festival’s 20th anniversary, the MEN has found a selection of photos of crowds enjoying watching their icons take to the stage in Manchester.

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