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Mine - easy - Brand New at O2 Academy Bristol, February 8th 2012.
always find this a really hard question
cos there are gigs that i've really enjoyed for, like, social reasons
and others that have been musically really great but i've been on my own, which makes them seem worse or whatever
then there's also an element of memory which distorts how gigs were and sometimes you remember thinking "that was the best gig ever!" rather than the gig itself or whatever
anyway.... Holly Herndon a few weeks ago was the last thing I saw and it was probably the most enjoyable thing i've seen in a few years, in terms of combining musical invention, a sense of fun, strong visuals alongside more technical and academic concerns
so i'm gonna say that
at the RFH on the Age of Adz tour
One of my mates didn't even like Sufjan and came out saying "I think maybe... that was... the best thing I've ever seen?" and we just nodded in bewilderment.
It's not going to be topped either because I was 17 at the time
not the most fun ive had but the best
Closely followed by Boredoms at Jeff Mangum ATP (first performance)
was Future of the Left on the Thekla, Bristol. Wytches were supporting, I had never seen them before and they were great. FOTL were on top form, great fun was had, beer cans were strapped on people's heads then they were turned upside down, pepperamis on the end of a guitar which was fed to people on the balcony. Sounds like a jock-fest but it was great.
But this year it's Indian at the Anvil in Bournemouth.
2. Sieve-Fisted Find
3. And The Same
4. Two Beats Off
5. Interlude 1
6. Facet Squared
7. Rend It
9. Margin Walker
10. Waiting Room
12. Burning Too
13. Interlude 2
14. Exit Only
17. Shut the Door
18. Encore 1
19. Dear Justice Letter
Fugazi at the Bristol Bierkeller in 1990 is definitely ONE of the best gigs I've been to.
never going to see Fugazi. I'm old enough to have caught them in the 90s but didn't.
And I say that as someone who used to despise his music with a passion.
..or Arcade Fire/Final Fantasy on Funeral Tour (Academy 2, Birmingham)
..or Sigur Ros on () tour in Manchester.
Forty Six & 2
Absolutely breathtaking. First time I ever heard The Grudge live
the newer stuff hadn't really clicked with me so I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that they played a bunch of stuff from the first two albums plus I'm not sure who was doing their sound that day but they did an excellent job, I've seen them about 5/6 times and I honestly don't think they've sounded better than they did that day.
Refused @ The Forum 2012
Mostly because growing up they were a band that were such an inspiration but I didn't think I'd ever get the opportunity to see them live.
Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, June 2003. They played De-loused in order IN FULL.
+ Radiohead at Nimes Arena, 2012
They were incredible.
That's always my answer.
It was just one of those 'moment' gigs. Perfect venue for them, perfect sound, all executed perfectly. And I watched it stood next to Chris & Cosey from Throbbing Gristle which, for me, was perfect. I think there's a theme here...
But it usually changes between that and:
Stooges at Hammersmith Apollo (first time round when they did Funhouse in full). Incredible show, and during the stage invasion I managed to touch Iggy's penis with my bare hand. I felt the power.
Andrew WK at the Forum doing I Get Wet in full on the 10 year anniversary tour. The first album came out when I was at university and we used listen/party to it endlessly. It was the combination of perfectly-timed nostalgia, brilliant music, great live band, boundless energy... Definitely the most i've ever smiled at a gig. Couldn't quite handle the level of euphoria at some points.
Oasis at Knebworth. My first ever gig and the defining concerts of the 90s.
80s Matchbox B-line Disaster at *everywhere*. My favourite band who i've seen live well over 50 times. Phenomenal every time, but maybe their show at the Garage was my favourite.