When your partner is in the music industry, live music becomes a big part of your life.
I’ll pre-warn you that I have a really bizarre and incredibly varied taste in music. My favourite genre is 70s disco/funk, but I also love drum and bass, glam rock and folk. And of course a bit of Justin Bieber.
I told you I was weird.
This is another side effect of having a musician in your life; you end up appreciating a lot of different types of music, no matter how different.
So without further ado, here are some of the best artists I’ve ever seen live:
1. Florence and the Machine
I had to put this first because I think this tops them all. I have always loved Florence, and seeing her live was kind of like seeing Jesus (anyone else who has seen her live will agree that this is an accurate description of her performance).
Years ago they came to the Eden Sessions, and it was pretty epic. Again, it was just one of those weird surreal moments when you see such a massive band in the flesh and you’re like ‘I listen to these songs everyday and now I’m here listening to them right now’.
Trying… to… describe… feelings… but… can’t.
3. James Vincent McMorrow
When we went to see James Vincent, I had no idea who he was or whether I would like his music, but I basically fell in love with him on the spot. I’ve bought his 2 albums, and I listen to them on repeat most days. They are perfect for cliff/beach/woodland walks and any time you want to feel closer to nature.
4. The Darkness
These guys supported Lady Gaga when we went to see her, and they nearly stole the show for me.
Bangers, is all I have to say. Pure bangers.
5. The Staves
The Staves supported Florence on tour, and I loved their performance! The harmonies were stunning to listen to, and again (like James Vincent) I could listen to them on repeat all day.
6. Lady Gaga
It will come as no surprise that Lady Gaga was pretty impressive to see live! The costumes, the staging, the pyrotechnics – it was all insane and over-the-top!
I also have a list of bands I need to see before I die. In 2015 I managed to tick of Florence (thanks N!), but I still have a couple on my list:
Please someone make this happen someday <3
2. London Grammar
3. Earth, Wind & Fire