You heard it here first: 2014 is going to be huge! Here are 10 shows we’ll be losing our sh*t over this year.
When members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen and Wye Oak take to the same stage, you know you’re in for something special. Performing Gene Clark’s seminal 1974 album ‘No Other‘ from start to finish, note for note, this promises to be an evening like no other. There’ll also be a 70s DJ set from Interpol’s Brad Traux, FYI.
Daft Punk / The Grammys, US / January 26th
Rewind to Madison Square Garden, October 2010. A surprise cameo in the midst of a headline set from Phoenix: the last, fleeting on-stage appearance of music’s most elusive duo. Three years on and anticipation is at boiling point. In little over a fortnight, Daft Punk will take to the stage at LA’s Staples Center for the 56th Grammy Awards, in the company of Pharrell, Stevie Wonder & Nile Rodgers. Time will stop, and the internet will fall over. Tour dates to follow? Who knows.
Talk about a big middle-finger to Valentines Day. Thousands of Foals fans will be getting sweaty, up-close and personal this February 14th for the Oxford band’s biggest show to date. Having stripped the paintwork off the Royal Albert Hall early last year, expectations are sky-high for this one. Cage The Elephant will kick off proceedings.
Fans of Javier Bardem will appreciate the importance of a coin toss – a lesson not lost on Josh Homme and Trent Reznor, whose respective bands will flip a coin on every night of their Australasian tour to determine who plays first. Awesome. But spare a thought for the sound engineer.
Started from the bottom now we’re here. It’s true, Drake had to start somewhere, but he’s been top of the heap for a very long time. Case in point; The Weeknd, who sold out London’s O2 Arena in his own right last year, steps into the support slot at the very same venue for three unmissable shows under Drake. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more competitive R&B billing this century – emotions will be running high at this one.
The big one. After months of speculation and conjecture, we now know for certain: Andre 3000 and Big Boi will return at Coachella 2014. Their first show in over five years, OutKast will headline consecutive Fridays in April. The Empire Polo Field awaits!
Austin Psych Fest explodes into it’s seventh annual edition with a kaleidoscopic line-up from top to bottom. Veterans of the game Primal Scream will lead the charge at the stunning, 58 acre Carson Creek Ranch, along with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Of Montreal, Black Lips, The Horrors & more. How many bands on the line-up could cite Primal Scream as a major influence? We’d seriously question any answer less than 100%.
1998. Bill Clinton was president, Google was born, and Monica and Chandler hooked up in London. It was also the last time Neutral Milk Hotel touched down on European soil. Let that contextualise, if you will, how unbelievably PSYCHED we are for 2014. The focal point of NMH’s European tour has got to be an evening at Primavera, in the hallowed company of Arcade Fire and the Pixies. We’ll see you in Barcelona.
Such a sure-fire thing were Arcade Fire to top this year’s bill at Worthy Farm, the band confirmed for the Friday night slot almost half a year ahead of April’s full line-up announcement. Anyone lucky enough to be part of the intimate shows at the tail-end of 2013 will have a good idea of what’s in store – but after a jaw-dropping finale at Coachella three years ago, surely anything is possible.
A summer’s evening in the unlikely town of Umeå, Sweden will see one of the stand-out events of 2014. U X U is a festival “by the people, for the people”. With no scheduled end, each ticket buys an extra 15 seconds of festival time, meaning zero financial risk and endless possibilities. Super cool. Phoenix, Mac Miller & Thurston Moore are already booked – how many more artists is up to you!
Which shows are you most excited for this year? Let us know below!