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

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

It’s 20 years this year since a new music festival came to Manchester, bringing with it some of the world’s biggest music stars.

The Move Festival was first held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in July 2002 before the last festival, which took place in 2004, saw Manchester music legend Morrissey bring the four-day event to a close.

The urban music festival was dubbed “the anti-Glastonbury” in a 2003 Guardian article – eliminating the problem of muddy fields by covering Old Trafford’s hallowed turf with polythene for the event.

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

The popular four-day festival had seen thousands flock to Manchester, but was less popular with residents of Old Trafford who complained of having so many rock fans on their doorstep.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the festival, the MEN unearthed a selection of photos of crowds enjoying seeing their icons on stage in Manchester.

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