03
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 14

I’ve been thinking…  

Q: What makes for a great live performance – apart from the music itself?

A great lightshow that relates to the music,
An atmospheric crowd with much whooping and screaming,
A good old sing along, (perhaps even better when the frontman lets let the crowd sing on their own?)
A great soundsystem,
An appropriately sized venue for the artist,
Any homecoming gig,
The performers looking like they genuinely care or are truly moved by the moment,
The band having an emotional relationship with the crowd causing one of those magical connections,
A brilliant frontman,
Stage invasions and crowd surfers,
A packed house,
Massive lasers,
Not one but two encores,
A band at the peak of their powers,
Bands lower down on the bill stealing the show,
Giant inflatables/A mass of bubbles/An explosion of confetti/Balloons falling from the ceiling etc,
A walkway that stretches out into the crowd,
The artists unexpectedly improvising something totally original into a song for the hell of it,
Giant screens,
Even bigger speakers,
A guitarist with a jetpack.

You see there’s loads of amazing stuff that can happen apart from hearing the artists latest album played out live. I’ve been lucky enough to pretty much witness all of these at some point in the thousands of gigs I’ve been to over the years…except perhaps the jetpack…

Here’s a couple of examples of a truly fantastic live set, that ticks plenty of the boxes above. Enjoy…

1) ETIENNE DE CRECY – An outstanding light show, that’s a great example of timing it with the music.

2) U2 – It’s not all bands that can afford to appear out of a giant, floating lemon, in the centre of the crowd!

3) KASBIAN (LSF) – The best singalong I’ve ever been involved in.

4) DAFT PUNK – Lights, banging dance music, and the use of a giant pyramid – perfect!

5) FLAMING LIPS – You want balloons and confetti – you got it!

It’s also worth noting that there is plenty of awful things that can occur to ruin a gig too, so please leave a comment, or your own clip/link, with your thoughts on what makes a good or bad live set …

Thanks.
Mike

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6 Responses to “HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 14”


  1. 1 Terry
    December 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for adding Etienne de Crecy to my list of must see artists, that looks amazing

    Bad…
    -Too much talking by an artist…in particular, political rants
    -I, for one, hate encores…they’re too predictable now, most of the time, and don’t see the point usually…stay out and keep the vibe going…encores should only be used sparingly for the crowds that earn it for whatever reason
    -Mosh pits, in particular, for concerts it does not belong
    -It’s sad that a bad crowd can ruin a good/great show
    -Hippie dancing(w/ glow sticks, flags, sticks, anything else that can be twirled around) at any electronic show

  2. December 3, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    That’s hilarious Terry. Couldn’t agree more.

    Also, what’s with all the flags being twirled these days too? You can barely see the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury anymore!

    ha ha

  3. December 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I find giant floatng bubbles and shit a bit naff, tacky… tastless even. but im a snob. but yeah gotta see etiene de crecy badly now. Daft Punk’s sets are always heavy, heavy with that pyramid show. And singalongs at Justice live gigs (to DANCE of course) are the best too.

    Yeah Terry – hippie dancing is the worst kind of evil. ANd narcissitic artists talking during gigs is horrific…tho DJ’s interrupting their sets to talk is EVEN worse

    Btw mike, sorry havent got back to u sooner bout writing on one another’s blogs. Would certainly be up for that in the not-too-distant future.

  4. 4 Outlander
    April 27, 2009 at 5:45 am

    a Misfit concert ….. after 10 min… some guy throw a bottle on jerry the bass …
    the concert was canceled
    El Salvador C.A.

  5. May 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hi i think these bands are ofcourse very good. But i have listened to much to their music. Sometimes i just want some new music. I am looking for unknown new music bands who are going to be famous in the future. Please have a look at newband.us.com because here you can find the best new music bands!

    • May 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      What!??! Are you joking? I don’t think you have really understood this post or it’s context within the purpose of this blog. We recommend brand spanking new music ALL the time, but we created this particular post to discuss some live shows. Have you even read our blog and it’s multitude of other posts recommending hundreds of new bands? You’ve left this comment nearly 18 months after this post was completed too, so please check the many posts since that have loads on new music. Click the header…


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