9 Of The Best Live Music Performances Throughout History
It's 2018 and the digital age is well and truly upon us. While it might seem like our whole lives are played out online (dating, shopping, binge watching) there's still one thing that's best served hot, and in the real world. MUSIC.
Throughout history there have been some groundbreaking live performances, and over the past 12 years some of our favourite artists have proven why you need to listen to them IRL and not on your phone.
Thanks to Volkswagen Polo beats we've put together a list of the best live music performances (and if you can't catch them live you can always blast these ~bangers~ in the new Volkswagen Polo beats which features a 300 watt sound system. Just sayin'.)
Beyoncé - Coachella, 2018
Now this list is in no particular order but honestly we don't want the wrath of a million Beyhive fans coming down on us today, so, 'Yonce is here to kick things off. This year our lord and saviour, Queen B, became the first ever black woman to headline Coachella. She's often deemed the greatest performer of her generation and she delivered on that, and then some, at 'Chella. Across the two weekends she rolled out a spicy couture wardrobe, a full orchestra and of course, the Destiny's Child reunion we were all praying for.
Miley Cyrus - MTV Unplugged, 2014
If it's seemed like Miley Cyrus has had nine lives, that's because she kinda has. Well, musically speaking. The Tennessee singer gained somewhat of a name for herself after *that* performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV VMAs, and unfortunately it wasn't exactly positive. But in 2014 she recorded a live MTV Unplugged set and truly let her talent do the talking. Girl can sang.
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Hologram Tupac - Coachella, 2012
Some six years after his untimely death, Tupac was resurrected as a hologram during Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg's set at Coachella in 2012. The world was in utter disbelief as the beloved rapper came back to life in a very impressive display of technology. One could argue that this wasn't exactly a live performance...but creativity is subjective, right?!
Prince - Coachella, 2008
After years of rumours, in 2008 it actually happened. Prince actually headlined a festival. The legendary singer (MAY HE REST) spoiled fans with a stunning display of showmanship including very humble covers of The Beatles, Radiohead and Santana. And of course he brought the house down with his own original magic. Brb, listening to Purple Rain.
Stormzy - Splendour In The Grass, 2017
Splendour In The Grass organisers were kicking themselves last year after they failed to put British Grime rapper, Stormzy, on the mainstage. The 'merky' man had festival-goers spilling out the sides of the tent and even had people climbing the massive metal poles clambering to catch a better look at the towering artist. It was sweaty and it was unforgettable.
Daft Punk - Coachella, 2006
In what is widely considered their best performance ever, Daft Punk gave the 2006 Coachella crowd a set that will live on in their hearts and eardrums forever. They went on to tour in 2007 but this was the gig that pushed them on the trajectory into superstardom. And come on, has anyone else ever used strobe lights quite like them? Nope.
Dolly Parton - Glastonbury, 2014
If the adage 'age is just a number' was ever to apply, it should be used when talking about Dolly Parton's 2014 Glastonbury performance. The 69-year-old country great was skyhigh hair, Rhinestones and pale blue eyeshadow akimbo as she took the stage to sing to the (most likely) grandchildren of her original fanbase. And that's no shade, merley a bold statement about the timelessness of this eternally perky performer.
Lorde - Splendour In The Grass, 2013
In 2013 at 16-years-old, Lorde was called up to replace Frank Ocean at Splendour In The Grass. A proposal that would have sent most teenagers running for the hills, was accepted with the grace and maturity that set this New Zealand powerhouse miles ahead of her peers. If she was nervous, you couldn't tell. Her now classic songs, rained down on the audience of fans who weren't fussed at all to be missing Mr Ocean. Not one bit.
Skrillex - Ultra Miami, 2015
It wouldn't be fair to say that Skrillex and Diplo (under their duo Jack U) single-handedly revived Justin Bieber's career with their collaboration on "Where Are Ü Now" in 2015. But...they kinda did. In perhaps a 'thank you' from the Canadian singer, he joined Skrillex and Diplo at the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami to perform arguably the hit of the year. Go on...you kinda want to listen to it now don't you? ;)