There is just over a week left to go to vote for your Best Live Act 2014. The prestigious award which is voted for by fans and given to the winner at Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards celebrates the best live acts over the past year.
We’ve already taken a look at five out of the ten in the shortlist but there are still five left to look at, so here we go.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you will have probably seen Disclosure live on stage or at least on the television at some point. The most blogged about artists in 2013, the dance duo played pretty much every festival going, headlined their own tour and even took to the stage for this year’s Brit Awards. Breaking out of the DJ mould, the brothers are known for performing a multitude of instruments and providing vocals throughout their live shows. As The Guardian said at the end of last year: “Disclosure may be millennials, but they would appear to have the talent, and focus, to become perennials.”
This is a band that has most definitely earned its legendary status. Having released their very first single in this month 41 years ago, the Rolling Stones were bigger and better than ever last year, headlining Glastonbury, selling out Hyde Park and kicking off a worldwide tour. As The Independent said: “2013 has been, and will be, defined as the year that the Stones finally, finally made it to Worthy Farm”.
Last year was a big one for Mr Timberlake. With the release of his #1 selling The 20/20 Experience, the international superstar made rather a few trips to the UK. Headlining Wireless and his own shows across the country, The Guardian described his performance last April as ‘an evening of unrelenting class’. We couldn’t agree more.
Rudimental burst onto the scene last year, taking a number of UK festivals by storm (including a slot just before Nile Rodgers at Bestival) and taking their rather largely populated tour not only around the country but across Europe. They sold out three headline shows at Brixton Academy, with ten people on stage each evening. Described by The Guardian as ‘ramshackle, yet oddly cohesive’ they admit that the Rudimental live show is most definitely ‘a party that millions want to attend’.
The Arctic Monkeys came storming back into the public eye with their release of ‘AM’ last year. Straight onto the stage at Glastonbury, then flying through to a much sought after, sold out gig at Earls Court – the band had definitely returned with a much slicker, mature stage show. As described by Digital Spy, frontman Alex Turner patrolled ‘the stage with Jagger-esque hip swivels and wiry dance moves reminiscent of a young Jarvis Cocker. 5/5’.