Oxegen 09 - Nine Inch Nails
O2 Stage, Sunday 12th July, 10.40pm
Describe in a tweet: Misery loves company.
What happened: The opening moments set the tone for everything that was to follow: Prince of Darkness, Trent Reznor slowly, but purposefully strides out of a cloud of smoke, to take hold of the microphone and share his pain with us. Simultaneously preposterous and thrilling, this is a quintessential festival headline performance - choreographed, loud, crystal clear, big lightshow - it's all here.
The spectacle is incredible, and ATL finds itself more than a little surprised to start going mental to some stadium sized industrial rock, but this is exactly what happens. The guitars kick in, and the drums shake all the mud and dirt off the ground, sending thousands of revelers into a state of mass hysteria.
"Bow down before the one you serve, you're going to get what you deserve," emotes Reznor, and this is pretty much exactly what happens - a glorious send-off for the festival. Who'd have thought one man's misery would make us all so happy?
This is a high: A perfect delivery of exactly what was need at that time, 'Hurt' was doomy, portentious, and more than a little corny. It was also completely wonderful. I even got my lighter out.
This is a low: NIN had a massive stage show, with intense lights, and dry ice. Jane's Addiction had what appeared to be a big carpet, proving that old fashioned showmanship is still easily a match for fancy lights and technology.
Oxegen rating: 8/10