AOTY’s Favorite Concerts

With numerous artists releasing tour dates and concerts coming right around the corner, I was inspired to hear what the community had to say about their personal favorite live experiences.

I have no idea if someone else has done this list prior to me, but if they have, I have no intention of copying anyone’s idea whatsoever and can credit the list.

If you comment on this list and want to be added, make sure to mention the artist, album toured (or your favorite album of theirs if it was not a specific record being toured), and sum up your experiences in a few sentences!

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
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YessYessYessYes:
My favorite concert I’ve ever seen was Tyler, The Creator on his IGOR tour in Oct. 19’. A friend of mine gave me the ticket for free after a friend had cancelled on her, and Tyler was able to make some of his best songs even better with his great charisma and stage presence.

rafae_l:
"loved seeing Tyler, The Creator tour IGOR in toronto. entertaining, visually stunning, amazing amazing amazing."
Twenty One Pilots - Trench
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dannydevitoPNG: “It was actually the first and only concert I’ve been too but regardless, their energy and setup was out of this world.“

TehSniper_143:
“A few years ago, I saw twenty one pilots live for their Bandito (Trench) tour and it was p lit.
Saw it with my dad and it pretty much sent us both to top fandom.”
Muse - Drones
BaddieBaphomet:
“I saw Muse tour in promotion of Drones three different times, and each time was different because they were playing different kinds of stages with very different setups. I’d say all of them were equally great and they’re all tied for my favorite, but the one I’ll highlight is when they were performing in a small club to 1,500 people. Muse is known for their stage theatrics and haven’t performed in small venues since they first started, so seeing them perform just by themselves on stage with no other gimmicks was a wildly different experience than what people are used to and really highlighted how naturally good at they are at performing. Their songs sounded like they were too big for the venue, the floor was literally shaking during their set. The vibe was also really cool because everyone their was like a diehard fan and they also played a bunch of deep cuts they haven’t played in years. Very unique night that I was lucky to be able to see.”
The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Fhhgvnjscvbbg - “I haven’t been to many concerts, but my favorite is when I saw the Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as the opening act. I’m pretty sure that they didn’t tour for a specific album, but this was almost 2 years ago, so it’s hard to remember. My favorite album by the band is Siamese Dream. The tour was great! They avoided playing newer material and went straight to the classics. I was also on one of the closer rows to the stage, which made it a lot more entertaining. The set design was really cool and elaborate which isn’t much of a surprise, but it added a lot to the show. I remember having school the next day which sucked, but the concert was a nice break from school stress.”
Charli XCX - how i'm feeling now
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marvelgaryen:
"My favorite concerts are probably Charli XCX on Pitchfork Chicago Festival and Azealia Banks at Glastonbury, both incredibly iconic to me. I could see the full potential of both of these queens, some real futuristic pop shit in there, everyone should watch it srsly!"
Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
marvelgaryen:
"My favorite concerts are probably Charli XCX on Pitchfork Chicago Festival and Azealia Banks at Glastonbury, both incredibly iconic to me. I could see the full potential of both of these queens, some real futuristic pop shit in there, everyone should watch it srsly!"
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
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MySoftBulletin:
“The first concert that came to mind was Mount Eerie in 2017 just months after releasing the seminal A Crow Looked At Me. The venue itself was the perfect setting, an old cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland turned into a stunning music venue. I sat front row with my girlfriend at the time, looking up at Phil Elverum sharing the most painful experiences of his adult life. The intimacy was so palpable that it began to feel intrusive. He commented on a few songs and the irony of singing about personal pain to a room of spectators. The context he added between songs helps with my enjoyment of the record years after, on each listen I now think of him standing there talking of his wife and his hope of keeping her name and story alive with his art. Another unforgettable aspect of this night was his encore of new, unreleased songs. These new songs followed the subject matter of the ones prior but with a new perspective, one of acceptance and retrospection. These songs These songs would later be know as Distortion, Now Only, Earth, and Crow Pt. 2 and feature on the 2018 album Now Only.

This concert was a unique opportunity to be invited into a shared grief, a moment in time celebrating life itself, both in the beauty and destruction. His deeply personal songwriting and poetic descriptive language allowed everyone in that room to feel collective sorrow. Should I have been there? Was that too personal of a feeling to be a part of as a spectator? Was the shared grief a sort of comfort for Elverum? I’m not sure how I feel, but I’ll never forget the feeling.”
Limp Bizkit - Significant Other
ToasterQueen12:
“I saw limp Bizkit at Woodstock 99 and Fred Durst pointed me out in the crowd and asked me out. I said no and then he said "hey steal that bitches wallet" and started to preform Break Stuff as the audience beat the crap out of me.”
Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance
PipePanic:
“This concert was such an emotional performance for me, with the whole bar basically being transformed into one giant organism. It was honestly beautiful to see, I fucking loved that night.”
Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park
DoubleZ:
“I am not a big fan of live so I knew very few. The best was Mac Miller, in 2011 in France, for his first album Blue Slide Park in a small room, but it was fire, especially since I followed him since KIDS”
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Doofy:
“My happiest memories for any gig are for The National on their 'Trouble Will Find Me' tour back in 2013, the specific venue was Alexandra Palace, London.

The first time I'd been to the venue with my wife to be and it was just an incredible set, 'Slow Show' would end up the song we'd dance to at our wedding and the performance of that song was perfect. The heavy rock version of 'Humiliation' was stunning, as was the acoustic crowd singalong through 'Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks'. Saw them two years later supporting 'Sleep Well Beast' and some of the magic was gone, so that kinda proved the previous gig was so special.”
FEAR - The Record
oakie (Honorable Mention):
“never been to a concert but if i can include my favourite live performance its fear on snl halloween 1981.”
Sabaton - The Last Stand
Baylen’s Honest Reviews:
“I’d say Sabaton. The album toured was The Last Stand. It was a very energetic performance that made us all go into flow.”
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
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AndreManfre93:
“So, my favourite concert ever was one I saw in Florence with my parents. We all love Radiohead very much and so, hearing the songs taken from "A Moon Shaped Pool", was an awesome experience. Thom and the other guys were in excellent shape and they also performed some classics like Karma Police or Street Spirit (Fade Out)... a really fantastic concert!”
Ca7riel & Paco Amoroso - LA CELEBRACIÓN en VIVO EN OBRAS
elextranodpl:
“My favorite one was Ca7riel & Paco Amoroso’s show in Festival Capital. It was an amazing experience, they have this pure raw energy they convey in the weird trap rap they make and they make it x100 better by using one of the greatest live bands ever! I haven’t seen many trappers use a whole back up band, nonetheless one of the pick a guitar and start shredding like a damn God in the middle of the concert.”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
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dearsongs:
“I guess my most memorable show was Godspeed You Black Emperor! (at that point the ! was on the end lol) @ Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Dec 5, 2000. Bowery is an amazing venue, it holds just 575 people and I was front row dead center with a friend. It was the LYSF tour, and Bonnie Prince Billy opened. BPB played with his brother Ned on bass, Mick Turner on guitar, and Jim White on drums (2/3rds of the band The Dirty Three). They were amazingggg, but GYBE was overwhelmingly good. They tore through 2 full LYSF cuts, 2 off F#A#, 2 off what would be Yanqui UXO, and closed with BBF3. It was like a religious experience, and definitely a show that shaped my taste for a long while.”
Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
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wyrihu:
“My favourite concert I’ve been to would probably be Billie Eilish’s “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP” tour in May 2019.
It’s one of the only concerts I’ve been to, the other one being P!ATD’s 2018 PFTW tour (not only is that album bad but it was rly traumatic). For a little less than a year before the concert, I had been absolutely obsessed with Billie Eilish in every way, she was one of my favourite artists at that point, and after so long of being enamoured with her I finally got to hear all my favourite songs be performed by *her*… live. I had been really mentally unstable and depressed and dealing with quite a lot of stuff, and I think I just felt that that miserable chapter of my life was… ending.”
Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls
biglasagnayeet:
“I haven't been to many concerts as of late, for obvious reasons, and before everything got shut down I hadn't been to any concerts. One I can definitely say I had a good time at was Iron Maiden's "The Book of Souls" tour a couple years back. I love Iron Maiden and, even at their older age, they were still dynamic, explosive and an absolute ball. They were bloody loud as well; I had to wear earbuds to block some of the noise out so my ears wouldn't ring afterwards (I was fairly close to the front). But they were awesome, they captured the essence of their music brilliantly, which made for a fantastic live experience.”
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4mo
Sorry, I only just saw the list now. Thank you so much for the inclusion.
5mo
Great list idea! :)
5mo
Idk if you’re still doing this but my favourite concert I’ve been to would probably be Billie Eilish’s “WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP” tour in May 2019.
It’s one of the only concerts I’ve been to, the other one being P!ATD’s 2018 PFTW tour (not only is that album bad but it was rly traumatic). For a little less than a year before the concert, I had been absolutely obsessed with Billie Eilish in every way, she was one of my favourite artists at that point, and after so long of being enamoured with her I finally got to hear all my favourite songs be performed by *her*… live. I had been really mentally unstable and depressed and dealing with quite a lot of stuff, and I think I just felt that that miserable chapter of my life was… ending. :)
5mo
That Toasterqueen one haha 😆
5mo
No problem!
Thank you for participating!
5mo
dope list, thanks for the inclusion.
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