I was speaking to someone the other day (I can’t remember where, so it was probably at the pub) – who said they had saved every ticket from every gig they had ever been to. I was suitably impressed by this, so decided to cast my mind back and list out all the bands I’ve seen. Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list, as my memory is notoriously bad – but I have tried to be as thorough as possible. The rules to this list are simple; I have to have seen the full set (the odd 5 minutes of a support act do not count). What surprised me, was how few there are, as I would have assumed I’ve seen hundreds of bands – but this is not the case (77 individual bands in total).
More than anything else, this list will serve as a reference for me in the future, so probably will not of interest to anyone else. These are not in any particular order, simply the sequence in which I remembered them.
Seen this bloke about 4 times at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club now, I usually take my mum for her birthday and she’s a big fan. I’ve also reviewed one of his shows for Pennyblack here
Always loved these Irish pissheads, seen them 3 or 4 times in Brixton (for their Xmas show naturally).
Seen them a couple of times in Brixton, fucking wicked stuff.
Great band, saw them at Mad Stock. Hopefully I’ll them again soon.
The Blockheads (without Ian Dury)
Still a top show, even without Ian. Highly recommended.
Decent. Blogged about this previously here
Fit but shit. Saw her on the same lineup as Plan B.
These were my favourite band as a teenager and I managed to see them at their farewell tour in London.
Lead singer from Supergrass. Seen him doing solo stuff a few times, always puts on a good show.
Massive band, massive show and very loud – my ears were ringing for days afterwards. Hopefully see them again soon. Blogged about the gig here
Crazy Japs, well worth checking out, even if only on YouTube.
Saw them on their reunion tour this year. The singer isn’t as hot as she used to be, but I still would.
Only got into this band recently, saw them this year. Good show.
Tankus The Henge
Seen these 3 times, first time at Secret Garden Party. Good fun.
Massive fan of these, one of my all-time favourite bands. Shit gig sadly, but glad I’ve seen them. Reviewed here
Queens of The Stone Age
Saw these at Wembley. Very expensive tickets but worth it.
Fronted by a midget who wears a crash helmet and a leather jacket. That’s all you need to know.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Overrated live band ( but they do have a good album).
Sheep on Drugs
One of my favourite bands. Don’t play often, but worth checking out. Reviewed here
Saw them on their reunion tour a couple of years ago, which is very strange as I hated them as a teenager when they were first around (and I still hate them now).
Big band for me as a teenager, saw them on their reunion tour a few years back. Glad I did.
Really really good. Seen them twice. `Previously blogged about one of their shows here
Super slick live show, catchy tunes.
Satanic Metal. So loud, so good. Seen them twice now.
Saw these this year in Brixton. Classic band, worth checking out.
My current favourite indie band but I’ve only seen them once. Will definitely go again next time they tour.
Seen these lots of times, reviewed here
Sadly split up now, but these were a great London band. Saw them loads of times, here’s a review
of one of their gigs.
Saw these at the Lexington, can’t remember much about it to be honest.
Cool Spanish band that I reviewed and interviewed for Pennyblack here
Rasta band I saw at Secret Garden Party in the Badger Tent. Enough said.
Idiot Bastard Band
Despite my love for Ade Edmondson and Rowland Rivron’s comedy, this was complete wank. Reviewed here
Saw these for their reunion show this year, probably in my top 3 gigs ever
. Reviewed here
Went on a date for this one. Not really my cup of tea and I didn’t get a shag afterwards.
Saw her at Primavera Sound and accidentally rubbed sun tan lotion into my eyes at the same time. Previously blogged about the experience here
Also at Primavera (see above). Highlight of the whole festival for me.
Great band. Saw them in Spain, headlining a festival at 3am.
Seen these 3 times, all at festivals. They never disappoint.
Exactly the same as Battles; 3 times, 3 festivals, decent.
Kept expecting Johnny Rotten to start flogging butter on stage.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Good old fashioned Rock & Roll. Seen them a few times.
Macaulay Culkin & Pizza Underground
Very bizarre show, mainly attended by hipsters. Worth seeing for the novelty factor though (I think the rest of the tour got cancelled).
The singer ran out over in the audience in a massive hamster wheel, but I can’t remember what the music was like.
Canadian lunatics (in leotards).
I’ve always liked their music but they’re shit live.
Rubbish. Never pay good money to watch an old man wank.
Good band. The singer looks like pat Butcher these days.
Huge fan of Tim Arnold’s work. Seen him 3 times now, previously reviewed here
Crazy bloody gypsies. Good fun, did an hour-long encore.
Chas ‘n’ Dave
Seen these boys 3 times and I’d see them again. First time I saw them was on their farewell tour (which was so successful, they promptly reformed a few months later). Blogged about the show here
Took my mum to see these for her birthday a few years ago. MILFs everywhere.
Norwegian Noise-Metal band. Reviewed and interviewed for Pennyblack
. Very nice blokes.
We Were Evergreen
Funny paddies in scary masks. I reviewed them here
My mate. Fit. Great singer who writes her own songs. Reviewed here
Saw them at XOYO, reviewed them here
Seen these a few times and reviewed them here
. Good band.
Bloody hipsters. Not a fan.
Very angry punks. “Fuck off, we hate you“, they screamed. Great stuff.
Dreary bunch of tossers.
Fat fuck-face more like.
Strange lads with bad haircuts. Made a right din.
They made my ears bleed (in a good way).
Happy sods, this lot. Not really my cup of tea.
Really good band. My mate described their lead singer as “looks like Phil Collins with ADHD”.
Would you like to see a really old man playing techno music? No, neither did I.
The Budos Band
Can’t remember much about the gig, so I must have been very drunk or very bored.
Great name, shit band.
Surprisingly good. Saw her performing at Secret Garden Party and afterwards, I stripped off and jumped in the lake (as you do).
Silly man, who is an unfunny comedian for his usual day job. Saw him performing a music gig at Secret Garden Party a few years back.
Florence and The Machine
Overrated self-indulgent bollocks.
Highly acclaimed by some (not by me).
Seen these a few times at Secret Garden Party and Hootananny Brixton.
Love Nor Money
Fit birds who have some good tunes. Saw them at Brixton.
Saw him at Kew Gardens last year doing his solo acoustic stuff. Unfortunately I don’t like his solo acoustic stuff, but still had a laugh while there.
And here are some bands I’d still like to see (excludes dead bands like The Doors, Mayhem*, The Clash, Lunachicks, Elastica, Skrewdriver etcetera):
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds*
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes*
S Club 7
Prefab Sprout/Paddy McAloon
Rocket From the Crypt
I’ve actually managed to see all bands marked with an asterisk (*) since this article was written. See updated list below.
Bastards (Resurrection Fest)
Noctem (Resurrection Fest)
Devil Wears Prada (Resurrection Fest)
Benighted (Resurrection Fest)
Airborne (Resurrection Fest)
Comeback Kid (Resurrection Fest)
Suicidal Tendencies (Resurrection Fest)
The Black Dahlia Murders (Resurrection Fest)
Anthrax (Resurrection Fest)
Holocausto Cannibal (Resurrection Fest)
Anima (Resurrection Fest)
Killus (Resurrection Fest)
Teething (Resurrection Fest)
Northlane (Resurrection Fest)
Legacy of Brutality (Resurrection Fest)
Annihilator (Resurrection Fest)
Wisdom in Chains (Resurrection Fest)
Architects (Resurrection Fest)
Truckfighters (Resurrection Fest)
Enter Shikari (Resurrection Fest)
Rammstein (Resurrection Fest)
Napalm Death (Resurrection Fest)
Morpheum (Resurrection Fest)
Mutant (Resurrection Fest)
Adhesive (Resurrection Fest)
D.Y.S (Resurrection Fest)
Arch Enemy (Resurrection Fest)
Conan (Resurrection Fest)
Lords of Black (Resurrection Fest)
Mastodon (Resurrection Fest)
Taake (Resurrection Fest)
Rancid (Resurrection Fest)
Mayhem (second time this year, Resurrection Fest)
Soul II Soul
De La Soul
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds