The coronavirus pandemic might nonetheless be shutting down the reside enterprise, however a minimum of the gigs of yesteryear reside on (and on and on) in our reminiscence. Music Week lately requested a number of prime artist and executives to mirror on the best gigs they ever noticed (try Half 1Half 2 and Half 3 if you have not already), and we have been inundated with responses. 

Right here, Merck Mercuriadis, Emma Banks, Matthew Healy, Jonathan Dickins, Louis BloomEd Howard, Phil Christie, Andrea C Martin and lots of extra recall a few of their most treasured reside experiences…

BILLIE EILISH
“The ambiance at Shepherd’s Bush Empire [in 2019] was unbelievable, as everybody in the home knew they have been seeing a now huge artist enjoying an intimate present in an iconic venue. Generally it’s not the over-elaborate, massive manufacturing reveals which might be essentially the most memorable however, as an alternative, this one was unforgettable because the vitality within the room was electrical, the screams deafening, the visitor checklist spectacular and an unbelievable artist had the viewers within the palm of her hand the entire evening. It was additionally particular as everybody in the home knew what a turning level second it will become in her profession.”
MIKE MALAK, AGENT, PARADIGM

PRINCE
“In 2015, Prince got here to Montreal and performed within the equal of The O2, The Bell Centre, the place they’ve the hockey and large acts like Madonna and the Rolling Stones. He performed for nearly three hours. It was so unbelievable.”
ANDREA C MARTIN, CEO, PRS FOR MUSIC

“Prince at Wembley Enviornment on the Lovesexy Tour in 1988 simply blew my thoughts. I’m a large Prince fan. It was a superb manufacturing, performed within the spherical. These songs… He’s a genius, isn’t he? I don’t even know if you happen to can name Prince generational, folks like him come alongside two or thrice in 100 years, you recognize?”
JONATHAN DICKINS, FOUNDER, SEPTEMBER MANAGEMENT

“Prince on the Roundhouse, when he did all of the shock reveals [in 2014]. It was introduced that morning and, as quickly because it was introduced, I received the tickets, turned up, no pictures – however I do have one barely blurry one! It was completely unbelievable. It was so unhappy he handed away quickly after that. I’d seen him earlier than at The O2 and it was nice however immediately it was like, ‘My hero is right here and he’s enjoying the hits’. It was unbelievable.”
TED MAY, DIRECTOR, UK MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT ONE

KISS 
“My favorite gig stays one among my first, Kiss on the Halifax Discussion board in 1976 with Low-cost Trick in assist. I used to be 12 and on my own, which made it straightforward to make my solution to the entrance. Each bands have been gorgeous and within the interval I befriended just a few people who have been double my age. We talked about Jeff Beck, Zeppelin, The Stooges, Ramones and lots of others. They then tried to journey me up by asking what I considered the third New York Dolls album. My reply of, ‘There isn’t one, there’s simply New York Dolls and Too A lot Too Quickly’ elicited excessive fives and pats on the again. I felt 10 toes tall! And to make the night good, I caught one among Rick Nielsen’s customized guitar picks!”
MERCK MERCURIADIS, CEO, HIPGNOSIS SONGS

RADIOHEAD
“I used to be in my first 12 months at college once I noticed Radiohead at Manchester Academy in 1995. It was The Bends tour so it was a whole lot of individuals within the room, not 1000’s. I simply bear in mind considering how wonderful they have been. They have been only a small band then but it surely sticks in my thoughts.”
BEN MAWSON, CO-FOUNDER, TAP MUSIC

DAFT PUNK
“I’m an enormous Daft Punk fan, so their present at Wi-fi in 2007 was a second for me. I by no means thought I’d have the ability to see Daft Punk, having grown up with them. Their affect on what digital music is as we speak is simply [massive]… It nonetheless resonates.”
DIPESH PARMAR,PRESIDENT, MINISTRY OF SOUND

D’ANGELO
“D’Angelo at Hammersmith Apollo in 2018 was simply ridiculous. My buddy managed to get us tickets two rows from the entrance and he got here down into the viewers. I’ve a photograph that I put up yearly to remind everybody it was the most effective gig ever! It appeared like D’Angelo was serenading me for a couple of second, there’s the look of affection from me and him, I consider.”
JESSIE WARE

TUBELORD/BLAKFISH/ DRIVE LIKE I DO
“This was each a gig that I’ve seen and was concerned in. We performed at Café Saki in Manchester in August 2008. Tubelord have been actually nice, a cool, math rock band. Blakfish have been a Birmingham punk band, the most effective reside band I’ve ever seen. It was already psychological for us as a result of [guitarist] Adam Hann’s amp set on fireplace and I used to be doing numerous medicine on the time so it received very hedonistic in a short time. Blakfish got here on and have been throwing youngsters into the drums from the gang, placing their guitars on them and doing solos mendacity on prime of them. It was absolute chaos, the most effective present I’ve ever seen.”
MATTHEW HEALY, THE 1975

U2
“It was within the Olympic Stadium in Sweden in 1993. Island Information took all the firm to see that present, as a result of we had all three acts: U2, Stereo MC’s and PJ Harvey. It was the heady days when the entire firm plus companions, consider it or not, have been flown to Stockholm to see that present. There have been two causes for that – one, it was such a celebration of the label having three acts that have been very totally different however all on the identical invoice, and second it was the Zoo TV set, which was a groundbreaking reside manufacturing. It took reside manufacturing to a distinct stage. The facility of seeing it in that setting, a band on the very peak of their profession and likewise the 2 assist acts being acts that the label was having a fantastic diploma of success with… It encapsulated a interval and as soon as once more demonstrated the significance of labels and the reside sector coming collectively.”
ALISTAIR NORBURY, PRESIDENT, REPERTOIRE & MARKETING, BMG UK 

CHARLI XCX
“The primary present I noticed of Charli’s, on the Horse & Groom in 2009, sticks in my thoughts as a bonkers expertise you couldn’t get proper now. Charli was purported to go on at midnight and I feel she went on about 2.30am. It was a room stuffed with 200 drunk East London youngsters on a Saturday evening, immediately this 15-year-old in a large blue wig jumps on a chair in the course of the room with no introduction in any respect aside from the music stopping, plugs an iPod in and begins going fully psychological, leaping in folks’s faces and rolling round on the ground. For anybody who noticed Charli at the moment, there was one thing extremely particular about her.”
ED HOWARD, CO-PRESIDENT, ATLANTIC

“I’ve been a lifelong Jay-Z fan and a really early Kanye fan. I’d seen Kanye, however I’d by no means seen Jay-Z outdoors of a pageant, so to see each on the Watch The Throne tour at The O2 in 2012 was like, ‘I’ve ticked that field, I don’t must go to any extra reveals!’ On the time, the Ni**as In Paris reruns have been occurring, so it was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to get out of right here at 11 or 12 o’clock’ as a result of they have been pulling it up seven, eight, 12 occasions, making an attempt to beat one another’s file!”
NEGLA ABDELA, HEAD OF DIGITAL MARKETING, MINISTRY OF SOUND

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
“It was 1993 on the Ritz in Manchester. I bear in mind utilizing my pretend ID to get in after which having my thoughts fully blown! It stands as essentially the most intense and life-changing present I’ve ever been to.”
LOUIS BLOOM, PRESIDENT, ISLAND RECORDS

“Considered one of my formative gigs would have been Rage In opposition to The Machine at Brixton Academy in 1996. To a 15-year-old, it was simply life giving.”
PHIL CHRISTIE, PRESIDENT, WARNER RECORDS

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
“There are simply so many unbelievable moments that I’ve been fortunate to be a part of. From a marker within the sand perspective of an expertise and spotlight inside my life, when the Chili Peppers offered out three nights in Hyde Park [in 2004] at 85,000-capacity, that was very, very particular. The gigs have been nice but it surely was extra what the entire thing meant and the achievement, it’s one thing I’m by no means going to overlook.”
EMMA BANKS, AGENT, CAA

JAMES BROWN
“I noticed him play [Essential Festival] in Brighton in 2000. I wasn’t certain it was going to be any good and I feel it was raining. However I believed I would as nicely go, I simply didn’t wish to see James Brown and for it not be nice, as a result of I like his music a lot. And he was dynamite, completely unbelievable – he did the dancing and the factor the place they carry him off the stage. I’m so grateful I took the prospect to go and see him.”
JOE KENTISH, HEAD OF A&R, WARNER RECORDS

GRUFF RHYS
“It was at Toynbee Corridor in East London in 2010 when he was debuting Shark Ridden Waters. It’s such a small venue and it felt actually like an intimate, communal expertise with the band and viewers participating with the efficiency and singing alongside. I’ve seen Gruff play many occasions in many alternative venues, however this one stood out.”
ANNABELLA COLDRICK, CEO, MMF

FOUR TET
“He simply thought fully outdoors the field for the Alexandra Palace present in 2019. It was a unique expertise, I’ve by no means been to something prefer it and it fully took you away from every part else, pure escapism. He took you on an actual journey, I wasn’t anticipating it to sound and really feel as massive because it did.”
AMY WHEATLEY, GM, MINISTRY OF SOUND

ALICE IN CHAINS
“Simply because it opened my eyes. I come from a small city and it was my first expertise of getting on a prepare to London and going to my first ever gig at Brixton Academy in 1993. I used to be 14 and it was like, ‘That is thrilling!’ I used to be within the moshpit, on the barrier and that was the factor that set me on a path and opened my eyes to one thing.”
ED MILLETT, CO-FOUNDER, TAP MUSIC

TALK TALK
“The gig that stayed with me without end was Speak Speak in 1986 at Duxford Aerodrome. I don’t know what they have been doing there! It was round The Color Of Spring album and I solely knew them for synth pop, but it surely blew me away. The musicianship, the standard of the songwriting, Mark Hollis’ voice… I immediately grew to become an infinite fan and it’s stayed with me for the remainder of my life.”
GEOFF TAYLOR,CEO, BPI

THE GRATEFUL DEAD
“A while round spring 1972, I noticed the Grateful Lifeless play 4 occasions within the house of 10 days – twice on the Empire Pool [now SSE Arena, Wembley], and twice on the Lyceum. Every evening they performed for round 4 or 5 hours, a thought that pains me now! However so far as I used to be involved again then, they might have performed for 4 or 5 days straight and I’d nonetheless have wished extra. Each evening was a distinct set, and a distinct expertise. No different band takes their viewers on such an exploratory and surprising journey evening after evening, usually – however not at all times – reaching unimagined musical highs. And it’s all there (or a few of it) on Europe ’72, one of many nice reside albums. Wonderful occasions.”
JEREMY LASCELLES,CO-FOUNDER, BLUE RAINCOAT MUSIC

DENZEL CURRY
“Coachella in 2017 was insane. It was in the course of the time when Denzel’s Final single was booming, it was one among his massive songs. Earlier than this, I wasn’t too certain about Denzel, I wasn’t actually a fan of his music, I knew Final however not likely a lot else. I bear in mind this present was nuts, I used to be within the mosh pit, I used to be having a sick time, it was a sick present.”
KSI

JONI MITCHELL 
“I most likely had the worst seat in the home. I can’t bear in mind which enviornment it was, but it surely was within the ’80s when Wild Issues Run Quick was out. I used to be obsessed together with her. I nonetheless am. One of many most interesting moments of my life. It was filmed for the Previous Gray Whistle Check and it was fairly a jazzy set, however she began God Should Be A Boogie Man and I screamed on the prime of my voice, ‘Joni Mitchell, I bloody love you!’ and you might hear me on the Previous Gray Whistle Check. I don’t suppose I’ve instructed anybody that earlier than!”
MICHAEL BALL

SOPHIE
“There have been some notably good warehouse events in downtown LA over the previous 12 months. Considered one of my favorite folks to see DJ or carry out reside is Sophie, who was acting at this celebration at Heav3n final 12 months and it simply blew my thoughts. There have been fucking lasers, sweat and folks… Every part was so loud, I miss that.”
CHARLI XCX

PINK FLOYD
“If I set these apart all of the Stevie Marvel gigs I’ve seen then, from a manufacturing perspective, and my awe and marvel on the scale of what was being achieved, my favorite gig could be Pink Floyd on the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, once they have been doing their The Wall present in 1981. That was once they constructed the wall throughout the entrance of the stage, it was wonderful and it fitted so nicely with the idea of the album, it was wonderful.”
KEITH HARRIS, MD, KEITH HARRIS MUSIC

FANTASTIC NEGRITO
“I went to Dingwalls about 18 months in the past on the spur of the second and noticed this positively good rootsy R&B act referred to as Unbelievable Negrito. It was among the finest reside gigs I’ve ever been to – and about six months later he went and gained a Grammy. It is a man in his 50s, however he seems to be like he’s in his 30s. It was simply a type of nights the place the roof went off. I actually simply thought, ‘I wish to go and see some reside music, what’s on at Dingwalls?’ And it was good!”
TOM WATSON, CHAIRMAN, UK MUSIC

SMASHING PUMPKINS
“The Siamese Dream present at The Astoria in February 1994 was the best factor I’ve ever seen. Billy Corgan performed guitar like I’ve by no means seen in my life. The guitarist, James Iha, appeared like the good motherfucker I’d ever seen, D’arcy Wretzky was an absolute legendary bass participant and Jimmy Chamberlin on drums was one of many biggest of that period. That evening they have been the most effective band on the earth by fucking miles.”
JAMIE OBORNE,FOUNDER, DIRTY HIT/ALL ON RED MANAGEMENT

THE PRODIGY
“It was at Milton Keynes Bowl in 2010. We have been supporting them in Europe and it was every part you’d need from a present as ridiculously massive because the Milton Keynes Bowl. They’ve been such a giant a part of my band, they have been actual heroes when it comes to being an affect on us. So having the ability to play with them was simply wonderful for starters. I can bear in mind placing our stuff on stage to soundcheck and seeing these ambulances hanging from the rafters! I used to be like, ‘What the fuck!? Wow, what are we doing right here, supporting a band like this!?’ It’s so unbelievably unhappy Keith Flint is gone, I’m so glad I’ve these recollections. They have been good occasions for us. The reveals have been simply unbelievable. Despite the fact that they ran like clockwork, as a result of they need to once you’re an outfit that depends so closely on manufacturing, it by no means received boring. You simply couldn’t get tired of it.”
ROU REYNOLDS, ENTER SHIKARI

“Lollapalooza pageant in 1997, in Kansas Metropolis, nonetheless stands proud my thoughts as being essentially the most wonderful reside expertise. The Prodigy headlined it, and the People didn’t actually know who The Prodigy have been on the time. I bear in mind Software, who have been an extremely massive rock band within the States on the time, completed their set and the People all circled to start out leaving to go dwelling. Then Keith Flint got here on, it was wonderful watching all these People immediately flip round and are available again and stick it out for this English band that they’d by no means heard of earlier than.”
DREW HILL, MD, PROPER MUSIC

GRACE JONES
“She headlined We Love House on the membership House in Ibiza in August 2009. There was one thing really magical about seeing this iconic artist carry out in Ibiza, at among the finest golf equipment on the earth. Grace was unbelievable, as at all times, and in the course of her set, myself and the remainder of the viewers have been transported away to a different time and place that felt like a Balearic model of the Studio 54 period. A spectacular and unforgettable second from an artist who stays on the prime of her recreation and fairly actually is in contrast to another. Legend.”
STEVE PITRON, SVP, ISLAND RECORDS & PROMOTIONS, ISLAND RECORDS



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