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Before They Were Headliners: Videos of Bands’ Earliest Festival Gigs

on May 16, 2014, 2:00pm

With festival season now in full swing, we thought now would be a good time to turn back clock to the days when your favorite main stage headliners were unknown bands playing a side stage. From Radiohead to Nine Inch Nails to Foo Fighters, take a look back at these bands’ earliest performances and marvel at their baby-faced glory.

Nine Inch Nails, Lollapalooza, 1991

Radiohead, Glastonbury, 1994

Chance The Rapper, Lollapalooza, 2013

Beastie Boys, Lollapalooza, 1994

The National, Pitchfork Festival, 2006

Vampire Weekend, Coachella, 2008

Weezer, 97.5 WPST, 1994

Arcade Fire, Coachella, 2006

Franz Ferdinand, London Calling Festival, 2003

Muse, Budstock Festival, 1997

Rage Against The Machine, Pinkpop Festival, 1993

Foo Fighters, Sopot Festival, 1996

Interpol, Glastonbury, 2003

Queens of the Stone Age, Bizarre Festival, 1998

Soundgarden, Bumbershoot, 1990

Eminem, OKEJ Festival, 1999

The Strokes, T in the Park, 2001

Coldplay, Glastonbury, 2000

Phoenix, V2001, 2001

Kanye West, Live 8, 2005

Beck, T in the Park, 1996