During the course of the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to attend concerts and music festivals, seeing a total of 33 artists live.
Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot, but being from a country artists often don’t tour, it’s more than I’ve ever expected.
Regardless of genre, here is a list of the Top 10 artists to see in concert:
1. Fall Out Boy
The pop-rock band has a song for everyone in the room. Whether you’ve known them from the beginning or you just joined the party, the Chicago natives will walk a little bit through each of their albums, pre- and post-hiatus. Their energy is contagious and will keep you pumped through the whole set.
2. Twenty One Pilots
Seeing this duo live is like listening to them through your headphones at home. The amazingly talented TØP guys deliver their music with passion and adrenaline. It’s practically impossible to not have a good time.
The visuals help set the tone for what you’ll feel while watching the 23-year-old’s set. It feels kind of like a movie, as you sing along to every word with the people around you. Halsey moves around every direction of the stage and interacts with her fans, wholeheartedly increasing the feeling of unity and love that you can perceive throughout the room.
EDM has never been my thing until I started going to music festivals in 2016; Zedd is one of the reasons why I now always go see what the EDM stage is up to. He not only offers his major hits, but he brings new stuff to the table, interacts with fans and lets them participate in the songs by singing along. His smile doesn’t leave his face during the whole set, and it’s super infectious.
5. Mumford & Sons
The four Englishmen will make you love their folk vibe even if it’s the first time you’re listening to it. The whole time is spent in awe due to the dynamic, fast-paced and talented brothers who form the band. It feels kind of all over the place and a little bit cynical, but amazing, nonetheless.
6. Vance Joy
The most overpowering feeling while seeing Vance Joy is relaxation, even if you’re in a super crowded and loud place such as a music festival. The strums of his ukelele and raspy voice will keep you paying attention to everything the talented singer has to offer.
7. 5 Seconds Of Summer
The first thing that will amaze you about seeing 5SOS live will be how talented they are with their instruments. They interact with their fans greatly and move around every side of the stage to make sure that you’ll be able to see each individual member.
8. Ed Sheeran
Ed will make sure to build a song pretty much from scratch in front of his audience with just his guitar. The transitioning in between each song feels really intense, creating a great amount of excitement. It will also keep you guessing which song is next, since he plays different things from all his repertory and often creates mash ups from his hits to fit more songs into his set list.
9. Duran Duran
This ’80s new romantics rock band will make you feel like you’re in a party. There’s not a single dull moment whilst listening to them; the energy is maintained during the whole set and shared by everyone watching.
10. The Weeknd
Abel sure knows how to put on a show. There’s a mixture of visual effects, lights and pyrotechnics, which will keep your eyes on the stage and keep you from diverting your attention elsewhere. His voice will give you chills and keep you wanting more. For the most part, he interacts with the crowd a lot and will make you dance around the whole time.
Who’s someone whom you want to see live?
Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order and is purely based on my personal experience.