The 3 Concerts I Wish I Could've Seen.

New Zealand artist Gin Wigmore once said, "It's easy listening to a record, but a live performance is so personal and real." This holds true in my eyes, seeing as my best experiences with modern music have sourced themselves in live shows. Today, I'll be sharing a short list of the 3 live performances I would give anything to see, but missed due to time constraints/not being alive - as well as a handful of concerts that follow close behind.


Nirvana Live at Reading Festival (1992) - Reading, England

On August 30th, 1992, spectators from around the world gazed in utter confusion as Kurt Cobain was wheeled out onto the stage in a wheelchair, draped in a hospital gown.

What followed was perhaps the greatest live show of the decade.

Over the course of 75 minutes, the Kings of Grunge delivered a shock-and-awe performance - lighting the streets of Reading on fire with cuts from Bleach (1989) and their genre defining magnum opus, Nevermind (1991).

Nirvana Live at Reading is particularly unique, seeing as the live show later distributed in physical sales on CD, Vinyl and DVD. It's uniqueness doesn't come in this sense, but rather the acclaim it received; the "album" was given universal acclaim, as music companies like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and NME named it the best Alternative Rock album of the year.

A live show.

Album of the year.

I rest my case.


Kanye West Live at Coachella (2011) - Coachella Valley, California

There's a video on YouTube that lives in my head.

It's a clip from the opening sequences of Kanye West's incredible performance at the wildly popular Coachella Valley Music Festival, held annually.

The clip begins with the man of the hour strutting from his perch above the crowd towards the stage. The speakers blare what sounds like the three basic chords to "Power", Kanye's chart-topping monster. Justin Vernon