During four days of escapism he watched Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine, the Pet Shop boys, Kelis and Stevie Wonder, the only concession to his status as a Premier League star was the posh campsite (with showers and everything) that he stayed in.
Nolan told the Sunday Mirror: "I am not one of those who is all bling and VIP. I think I am a normal lad who has worked hard to be where he is. I am not away with the fairies. I like to keep myself grounded and to be honest, if I ever did get above myself I think my dad would slap me straight back down.
"I had one of the best times of my life. It was my first time, went with my wife, my brother, my sister in law and my cousin. We stayed at an already set up camp site which was fantastic. We were just overlooking the whole site which was incredible.
"I felt young again. Just enjoying yourself, getting away without the kids, having the opportunity to have a good drink and enjoy yourself, dancing and all that. You think playing in front of football crowds is daunting by the magnitude of these performances was mind-blowing - a massive wave of people.
"We bumped into Jonny Evans from Man United and Joey Barton was there too. You don't get recognised with a hat and sunglasses on so that was ok too. I had them on until 3am every day. You really can get away with anything there. Everyone was just so cool and relaxed."