Favourite live performances?

So, it’s a Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoons were pretty much created for doing very little so what better to do than compile a list of my favourite live videos from YouTube and post them on my blog? I could go on for a while but to stop things getting boring for everyone i’ve picked 5 of my favourite live videos. If you’ve got any you’d like to share then feel free to leave me a comment.

Radiohead – Lucky. Glastonbury Festival, 1997

I could probably fill this post exclusively with Radiohead videos, but i’m just choosing one. If you’re a fan of Radiohead then you’re probably familiar with their legendary headlining set at Glastonbury Festival over 12 years ago. What makes it even more impressive is that the band have recalled countless times about the massive technical problems they faced due to the relentless rain over the weekend which resulted in their onstage monitors failing. At around the 2:30 mark you can hear Johnny hit a totally bum note, which i’m almost certain must have been due to the fact that he was unable to hear himself playing.This video is literally the sound of a band staring failure in the face, live on stage infront of 70,000 people and somehow managing to triumph before going on to play a set that has gone down in history. Magical…


Battles – Atlas. Later…With Jools Holland, 2007

It’s pretty clear from listening to Mirrored that Battles are pretty innovative as well as technically gifted musicians but it’s only on seeing a live performance of them that you can really begin to appreciate their brilliance. This live video of Atlas shows a band at the peak of their game with each member seemingly having a telepathic understanding of the nuances of the music that they are playing, reacting and adapting to each fluctation and note. Watch the video as a whole and each member seems be in their own little bubble yet somehow fitting perfectly into place to create this performance. Nice fingertapping, too.


At The Drive-in – Arcarsenal. Big Day Out, Sydney, Australia, 2001

I’ve always considered At The Drive-in as a big hairy timebomb that sounds like it could literally explode at any second and this video shows why. The ferocity and energy in this performance is something else and the fact that that Omar can shred whilst doing some crazy splits dance makes it even more impressive. The band famously left the stage halfway through this set to complain about the excessive slamdancing from the crowd which I think is pretty cool. Aggressive dancing never fails to piss me off at gigs.


Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit. Top Of The Pops, 1991.

Anyone who has ever accused Nirvana of selling out should watch this video for proof that they definitely did not. For whatever reason the show’s producers didn’t want the band to play live, only allowing live vocals on the night. In protest the band went about making a total mockery of the performance… Krist plays bass behind his head for much of the song, Kurt sings in a creepy baritone and changes the open line to “Load up on drugs and kill your friends”, take that primetime tv! At a time when record labels tried to flog Nirvana to the masses it good to see that the band were having none of it. If you want an example of ‘sticking it to the man’ then you could do a lot worse than to check this out.


Final Fantasy – This Modern Love. Toronto, 2006.

Hands down the most intricately beautiful piece of music I think i’ve ever heard. Owen Pallet turns This Modern Love into a lush arrangement of looped violins which compliment his fragile voice perfectly. I’m seeing him in a couple of weeks and I can only hope that he plays this, because this version is absolutely incredible.


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