The Live Music Awards

In this post, we announce the winners of Best Live Solo Act, Best Live Band, Best UK Festival, Best International Festival, Best One-Off Live Performance and Best Music Moment as part of our Best of 2016 Awards.


Best Live Solo Artist


  • Beyonce
  • Bruno Mars
  • Christine & The Queens
  • Father John Misty
  • Grimes
  • Iggy Pop


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Christine & The Queenschristine-and-the-queens-glasto


2nd Place: Grimesgrimes-live


Winner: Bruno Mars

The US pop, perm-loving megastar came back with third album 24k Magic – an album written in the aftermath of the success of Uptown Funk. His comeback performance of lead single 24k Magic on SNL dazzled everyone just as much as when he first premiered Uptown Funk. Backed with a sensational band and glisteningly tight choreography, Mars gives all audiences his full attention and charisma. Contributing to the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Mars is proving he is the best male showman since Michael Jackson.bruno-mars-with-band




Best Live Band


  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Coldplay
  • Muse
  • Savages
  • The 1975
  • Warpaint


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: The 1975the-1975


2nd Place: Coldplaycoldplay-live


Winner: Muse

Arguably the best live band to ever have played, the rock giants have had an incredible year touring in support of latest album Drones. Their 360 degree show sees the band performing in the very centre of the stadium and includes giant floating drones and spectacular light shows. Their Glastonbury headline set showed the band weren’t going to hold back away from tour, with fireworks and confetti being shot into the crowd. Matt Bellamy and co have never backed away from creativity both as musicians and as performers and it is safe to say with a headline show at Reading & Leeds festival next year, you will not be disappointed. muse-drones




Best UK Festival


Festival No.6
Glastonbury Festival - Day One
Reading & Leeds


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Boardmastersboardmasters-site


2nd Place: Latitudelatitude


Winner: Glastonbury

Not even Brexit and intense mud could dampen the spirits of the crowd at Glastonbury. With a rare festival headline appearance from Adele alongside rock giants Muse and festival favourites Coldplay plus a cameo  appearance from Barry Gibb, the festival had a line up of majestic scale. The 2016 edition saw some incredible sets from the likes of Christine & The Queens, Skepta, Tame Impale, Foals, PJ Harvey, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Art Garfunkle, The 1975, New Order and Bring Me The Horizon to name but a few. Recent editions of the festival have attracted some criticisms in choice of headliners but organisers managed to produce a stellar line up for the 2016 festival.glastonbury




Best International Festival




Crowd & Atmosphere
NOS Alive
Rock Werchter


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Rock Werchterrock-wertcher


2nd Place: Coachellacoachella-fest


Winner: NOS Alive

Based just on the outskirts of Lisbon, Portugal, NOS Alive (formally Optimus Alive) produced one of the greatest three days of the 2016 festival calendar. With tickets around £125, crowds were treated to stunning sets from Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The Chemical Brothers, Pixies, Biffy Clyro, Foals, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Grimes, Hot Chip, Tame Impala, Wolf Alice plus many more. Combined with stunning weather, the beautiful backdrop of Lisbon and artificial grass covering the floor meaning not a single bit of mud was in sight, NOS Alive 2016 proved to be one of the biggest hits of any festival in years.nos-alive




Best One-Off Live Performance


Christine & The Queens – Tilted at Glastonbury 2016
Coldplay & Barry Gibb at Glastonbury 2016
Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 Grammy Performance
Lorde’s David Bowie Medley at the BRIT Awards 2016
Super Bowl 50 Halftime show
The 1975’s Radio 1 Live Lounge special


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Lorde’s David Bowie Medley at the BRIT Awards 2016lordes-brit-david-bowie-tribute


2nd Place: Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy Performancekendrick-lamar-2016-grammy-performance


Winner: Super Bowl 50 Halftime show

For many reasons, the 50th Super Bowl Halftime show in California was the standout performance of 2016. Chris Martin said in a interview before the show how he was inspired by the warmth of Glastonbury festival and that he wanted to use that to turn the stadium into the bands own Glastonbury, and that he certainly did. Billed originally as just Coldplay, Chris Martin and co stepped out with hit songs Yellow and Viva La Vida before lighting the stadium with colour for Paradise. Fireworks, streamers and fan placards showed America just how great and warming a Coldplay gig can be. However, this wasn’t enough for Coldplay. Cue, pop sensation Bruno Mars to increase the atmosphere even more with his Mark Ronson collaborated global hit Uptown Funk. Mars is the ultimate showman and fed off the atmosphere of the elated crowd. Then, in came Beyonce, who stole the show with her troupe of dancers dressed in black dancing across the field performing Formation for the first time. It was a strong, political message that sparked debate and kick started an incredible year for Beyonce. The three artists then joined together for a mix of Uptown Funk and Single Ladies before ending on slower Clocks to conclude the show. At an event that’s supposed to cap off a major US sporting event, the music ended up being the final talking point for weeks to follow.super-bowl-50-show




Best Music Moment


Adele’s Glastonbury headline set
Frank Ocean’s return
Grime’s ascending popularity
Guns N’ Roses’ reunion


The Stone Roses’ return
Radiohead’s return


Our Top 3:

3rd Place: Guns N’ Roses’ reunionguns-n-roses-coachella


2nd Place: Grime’s ascending popularitygrime-skepta


Winner: Radiohead’s return

In 2016 we were finally greeted with the return of possibly the most important band of the last 20 years. Thom Yorke and co reunited after various solo projects to release the masterpiece A Moon Shaped Pool. What made their return the best music moment of the year is the way they did it – they didn’t just announce it, it was crafted brilliantly. Before any hint of a return, leaflets with the band’s “modified bear logo” saying “Burn the witch, we know where you live” were sent to fans and one week later the chilling yet stunning single Burn the Witch was released accompanied by a Trumpton style video. New album A Moon Shaped Pool was met by critical acclaim and the band toured the beautiful orchestral-based album at various festivals and venues including a three night residency at London’s Roundhouse. The band also brought back old favourites to their set, with Creep, not played since 2009, elating crowds when played. To top off an incredible year for the band, they announced that they would be headlining Glastonbury 2017 by having their logo cut into the grass at Glastonbury’s Somerset site so people could view the logo through the live farm camera. They aren’t a band who stick to norms and we hope they remain every bit as unpredictable in the future.

Radiohead 2016.jpg

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