Phoenix Festival 1996 England

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The Phoenix Festival was one of the first four-day festivals in England and was set up as an alternative to the Glastonbury and Reading Festivals. 

Problems with the event reached a climax in 1996 when many festival goers missed David Bowie on the Thursday night due to problems letting people on site. Having sold out that year for the first time due to the Glastonbury Festival taking its usual year off (every 5), the organisers struggled to cope with the crowds and extreme heat. Temperatures on site exceeded thirty degrees Celsius on all days. The weekend was further marred with problems with water being unavailable in parts of the site.
Phoenix Festival 1996 Poster
Thu Jul 18, 1996 - Sun Jul 21, 1996
Long Marston Airfield
Campden Rd
Stratford Upon Avon CV37 8LL
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Founded by
John Vincent Power

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The Sex Pistols headlined their first major UK festival.


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Cocteau Twins and Sex Pistols & Bowie at Phoenix 96
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A great festival with an amazing line-up. I went specifically to see Cocteau Twins. My brother Al came along too. They played in a small tent with an audience of only a few hundred. I stood at the front, right in front of Liz. They were brilliant. It was, sadly, their last ever performance. Bowie, Pistols (I stood next to John Peel who was watching with interest), Frank Black, Chemical Brothers, Neil Young, Prodigy, Bjork, Massive Attack and Manics all excellent.