It was a historic event for Huddersfield and a night that thousands of music fans have never forgotten.

American rock legends REM came to town for two sell-out shows at the McAlpine Stadium - now the John Smith's Stadium -  in July 1995 - and we've taken a look back into the Examiner archives to remember a little piece of music history.

 

Over the two nights more than 80,000 fans from across the country created a party atmosphere the town had not seen for years, according to our report.

Over the two shows, on Tuesday July 25 and Wednesday July 26, the band played sets 'close to perfection'.

R.E.M. in concert at the Galpharm Stadium. 25th July 1995.
 

The glorious weather kept the crowds in high spirits as the sun shone down on the stadium, with Paul Heaton of support act The Beautiful South shouting across the audience: "What a marvellous day!" at Tuesday's show.

Stewards help fans keep cool at the McCalpine Stadium
Stewards help fans keep cool at the McCalpine Stadium

Support acts for Tuesday's sell-out concert also included Magnapop and Belly, while Terrorvision, Echobelly and a second appearance from The Beautiful South warmed the crowd up for the Wednesday show.

Terrorvision drummer Shutty - a lifelong Fartown fan - sported his team's claret and gold shirt.

And REM frontman Michael Stipe delighted fans during Wednesday's show when he took of his own shirt and slipped into a Huddersfield Town shirt.

And the party wasn't over for Huddersfield, even after the band walked off stage.

Michael Stipe, R.E.M. in concert at the Galpharm Stadium. 25th July 1995.
 

A £3m boost for businesses was predicted as a result of the concerts by the rock supergroup by then stadium chief executive Paul Fletcher, with the hordes of fans bringing extra trade to town centre shops and pubs.

Huddersfield tourist office said all the beds in town were booked, except at the most pricey hotels - while Huddersfield Sports Centre provided 90 extra beds in its sports hall.

The Union Bank bar also trebled its usual Tuesday takings with concert-goers.

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REM brings Monster tour to Huddersfield -  in numbers:

  • 80,000+ people saw REM perform
  • 150,000 pints of beer sold
  • £2.60 - the cost of a pint at the McAlpine Stadium
  • 160 catering staff
  • 500 extra staff employed for the two concerts
  • 400 injuries, including sunstroke and cuts and bruises, treated by 90 St John Ambulance staff
  • 4,000 unfilled parking spaces at the McAlpine - blamed on poor signage to the car parks
  • 0 arrests made by West Yorkshire Police, who said the crowds were 'exceptional'
  • £3,000,000+ boost for Huddersfield businesses predicted as a result of REM brining the Monster Tour to Huddersfield
Mike Mills. R.E.M. in concert at the Galpharm Stadium. 25th July 1995.
 

Listen to the band's set list from the July 1995 shows with our Spotify playlist:

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We've also looked back at Mumford and Sons June 2012 show at Greenhead Park - click the links below for more

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