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

It’s 20 years this year since a new music festival came to Manchester bringing with it 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, which took place in 2004, saw Manchester music legend Morrissey close the four-day event.

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

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

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

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

For beautiful, historic images from the past have a look at and see what you can discover

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