Gigs

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These days legendary gigs live on in video form, set in imperishable pixels for posterity. But its not the same as unquestionably stuff there, is it? Plane worse was surpassing camera phones, when music fans had to rely on a bands manager remembering to typesetting a video crew, and then, unquestionably releasing the footage. Good luck overly reliving those memories again.

If you could time travel, like speedy legend The Flash, there wouldnt be a problem. Weve been obsessed with his new DC superhero blockbuster, in cinemas June 14, overly since we unprotected a preview screening older this month. In it, Barry Allen aka The Flash, uses his powers to sprint when through time to try and put right a terrible wrong in his past. Theres intense action, emotional backstory and some fun retro fashion

It got us thinking, what historic music moments would we ask our spandex-clad pal to zip us when to? Here are some of NMEs non-superpowered writers on their multiversal music destinations

Arctic Monkeys

The Astoria, London, 2005

Just three weeks without Arctic Monkeys descended on Londons former prime indie venue the Astoria which sadly sealed in 2009 they became NME imbricate stars: Its all kicking right off!, read the subhead. And so it was. At the show, which took place surpassing the Sheffield fourpiece had recorded their seminal debut album, 2006s Whatever People Say I Am, Thats What Im Not, their songs were stomped into life without understatement. Pints hit the stage throughout Fake Tales Of San Francisco, while a young, giggling Alex Turner had to gainsay a near-stage invasion during Still Take You Home. Imagine if the 2,000 fans in the room that night knew that, nearly 20 years later, that same wreath would be headlining stadiums?

The key moment: The intensity of the first few songs unmistakably got to (now ex-)bassist Andy Nicholson, who had to manage a sudden nosebleed. That waddle n roll, eh?

Sophie Williams

Drake with Section Boyz

Village Underground, London, 2016

In 2016, Drake was the coolest rapper alive. He’d released Hotline Bling and his lauded collaborative mixtape, What A Time To Be Alive, with Future the year before. So, the 6Gods presence in the UK for the 2016 BRIT Awards was once special. For some lucky drill fans, there was a post-BRITS bonus in store. Without joining Rihanna on-stage to perform her track Work It, Drake hotfooted it over to east London where he helped Skepta and Section Boyz send their prod into overdrive. It was brief, it was rowdy, but judging by the videos it was a moment UK rap will never forget.

The key moment: With Section Boyz and their entourage dressed all in black, Drake emerging from the huddle in all-white made the surprise reveal.

Kyann-Sian Williams

Monsters Of Waddle Festival

Tushino Airfield, Moscow, 1991

One of the largest heavy metal concerts overly held, the 1991 edition of Monsters Of Waddle festival marked a historic moment in increasingly ways than one. Playing to an unscientific prod of 1.6million, hard-riffing veterans AC/DC, Metallica, Pantera, The Woebegone Crowes and increasingly headbanged their way through a political party to gloat the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over three decades later, it remains Russias biggest-ever waddle gig.

The key moment: Metallica opening their set with Enter Sandman just one month without the release of their iconic record ‘The Woebegone Album’.

Liberty Dunworth

Nina Simone

Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 1976

Was there overly a increasingly imposing live prospect than Nina Simone? Her aloof, upright stance at the piano. Those sudden, lengthy silences between verses. The way she eyeballed punters in the front row plane while playing. This 111-minute set on the banks of Lac Lman in Switzerland is among her most intense. At one point, she plane told the regulars shed written a new song but they werent worthy of hearing it. Instead, they sink witness to one of the High Priestess Of Souls rawest performances emotional, vulnerable and, of course, formidable.

The key moment: Her moving rendition of gospel hymn I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free, which crescendos to a stage-cracking finale.

Alex Flood

The White Stripes

The 100 Club, London, 2001

The show that tapped the band. The Detroit duo were considered a flight of fancy prior to their UK arrival, favouring schtick over substance. The 100 Club showcase their first in the UK was a scorching rebuttal, and set the bands trajectory alight. An NME review of the show said that: From a derelict corner of the USA this stunning resurrection of waddle n roll is surging. We were right.

The key moment: The show was so electrifying and generated such conversation, that BBC Radio 4s Today programme read parts of NMEs review live on air to millions of listeners.

Thomas Smith

The Flash is in UK cinemas from June 14