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Friday 22 August 2014

Snow Patrol in line for award after Spiderman drama

Lightbody tries to coax climber down as crowd pelt him with bottles

Snow Patrol's coaxing down of a fan dressed as Spiderman from a 30ft high speaker gantry has been nominated for most memorable moment at this year's festival season.

The daredevil student pulled off the stunt as the band was playing on stage at the T in the Park festival in Scotland.

The Northern Irish indie rockers are also up for best headline act at the UK Festival Awards.

This year's awards have been extended to recognise European Festivals, although there's no nomination for Ireland's Oxegen or Electric Picnic festivals.

The Scottish Spiderman incident took place during Snow Patrol's set on Sunday, July 8 at T in the Park, in Balado, Scotland.

Duncan Binnie (25) donned a Spiderman mask and climbed onto the gantry, waving down to the 10,000 strong crowd below.

Snow Patrol's lead singer Gary Lightbody tried to coax Binnie down as the crowd pelted him with plastic bottles.


Video by Youtube user kennypage72

The band stopped their set as Lightbody told him he was frightening everybody.

"You're frightening me," he told him.

"I'm scared of heights. I'm scared of other people up heights. That's how scared of heights I am."

He then joked with Binnie that his mother was waiting at home for him with some "clean slippers and nice jammies and toast with Marmite" in a bid to lure him down.

Lightbody then dedicated the next song - Chasing Cars - to Binnie, as he made his way down from the scaffolding.

The Leith man was arrested by police and later fined £150 when he appeared at court in connection with the incident.

Images of the climb were put on You Tube where they were viewed by tens of thousands of people.

Lightbody can be clearly heard appealing to Binnie to come down from the gantry.

Other contenders in the category of most memorable moment are Suggs from Madness invading Primal Scream's headline set at Bestival and the Foo Fighters performing a secret afternoon set at V Festival under the name 606.

In the category of Best Headline Act, Snow Patrol are up against, among others, Arcade Fire, Muse, The Killers and The Rolling Stones.

Other categories in the awards include Best Line-up, Best Newcomer award and Best Medium Sized Festival.

The UK Festival Awards 2007 are the only awards of their kind to be decided entirely by the public.

To vote, visit www.festivalawards.com before the closing date of October 28.

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