“Who have you seen perform live?”

2 Nov

Ahh, the eternal question. No, not the one about the meaning of life, just the one about who one has seen perform live. For the sake of sanity, I’ve not included any other performance art other than music, as compiling this list was hard enough as it was.

And the purpose of the list? Not just for your entertainment and education, I have to say. No, it was a personal test of memory, and I have to be honest, there are gaps in my memory and there are likely a good thirty odd artists I cannot recall properly. I shall be sure to update the list whenever my obliterated memory cells bring forth nostalgic bounty from some long past event dancing drunkenly in a field.

So, here is the list of music acts I’ve seen and heard live. Some were single gigs, some were at festivals; all stick in the mind. Feel free to comment, ask “How on earth could you have seen them, they’re crap!” or “Why haven’t you seen…???”

Ok now…deep breaths. In no particular order:

Jason Donovan (he was performing at the local Ritzy, so I’m not sure if that counts!)

The Lemonheads



Pulp (x 5)


The Sundays

Morrissey (x2)


Beth Orton (x2)

Tony Bennett



The Creatures

Super Furry Animals (x2)

Patti Smith

Lonnie Donegan



Beck (x2)

Oasis (although not really, as they didn’t actually play anything, and left in a huff).

Ian Brown


Shed Seven


Queens of the Stone Age


The Coral

The View

Nancy Sinatra

Saint Etienne (x 3)

Lamb (x 2)

Moloko (x 2)

Isobel Campbell

The B-52s

Garbage (x3)

Graham Coxon

The Long Blondes (x2)

Echo and the Bunnymen

New Order

The Doves

Badly drawn boy

Nine Black Alps (x 2)

Utah Saints

808 State

MC Tunes

Andy Rourke/Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr and the Healers

Stephen Fretwell

Circulus (x2)

The Eighteenth day of May

Chrome Hoof (x 2)

Brian Jones Town Massacre

Tokyo Dragons (x 2)

Hot Chip

Groove Armada (x 2)

Sly and the Family Stone

Scratch perverts

Soul II Soul

Patrick Wolfe

Man Like Me

Nouvelle Vague

The Whip

Tiny Dancers


The Charlatans

Inspiral Carpets

Duran Duran

Goldfrapp (x 2)

The Who

Happy Mondays

Hugh Cornwell

The Stranglers (x3)

The Beep Seals (x2)

John Cale

KT Tunstall

The Subways

Kings of Leon

Amy Winehouse

Crowded House

Seasick Steve (x3)

Goldfrapp (x3)

Neil Diamond

Leonard Cohen

Shakin’ Stevens

The Enemy

Vampire Weekend

Massive Attack

Franz Ferdinand

Edwyn Collins

The Duke Spirit (x2)

Reverend and the Makers

The Whip

Joan Baez

Jimmy Cliff

Alabama 3

The Levellers

Neil Young


The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (x2)

Lily Allen

The Specials

Bjorn Again

British Sea Power


Florence + The Machine (x2)

Nik Cave and the Bad seeds

Nik Cave/Grinderman


The Flaming Lips (x2)

Belle and Sebastian

PJ Harvey

Public Image Ltd.

Warpaint (x2)



Paul Weller

My Bloody Valentine


I’m sure there are more, but as I say, some of my memories are getting hazy!  I’ll come back and update another time. But be assured though, there is no day or night out like one that involves live music!

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