Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]


Thank Fleming it’s Friday.

As the sun burns through to the planet’s core, it isn’t enough – we want more!

And ye shall have another music competition to help cool off.

This week the theme comes courtesy of reader Scottser, who suggests – testing 1, 2, 3 – your favourite live act (and their best-performed banger).

Here’s mine.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging yourself a €50 Golden Discs voucher redeemable in any Golden Discs store.

The winner will be chosen by my roadie.

Please include video link where possible.

Lines MUST close on Saturday at 3pm 10pm!

Nick says: Good luck.

Last week’s winner: Capernosity & Function!

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75 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Golden Voucher [Extended]

  1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    come on baby, nap all afternoon so Mummy can get the tunes going

  2. Paulus

    Samhradh Samhradh: The Gloaming

    One of my all time favourites; I’ve seen them a few times live, they practically had a residency in the NCH for a while.
    It’s hard to imaging a better interpretation, while remaining true to the spirit of the original song.

    Iarla’s voice and diction are perfect for this. Thomas Bartlett’s pose at the piano can be a little theatrical but you can’t say he doesn’t engage with the music. I love every note of it, and of course they can re-create their studio recordings live because there’s no added flummery. This leaves them free to introduce a little improvisation based on a nod and a wink!

    1. missred

      Oh absolutely yes, I did a suggestion the other week when there was a summer theme with that song, glad you’ve found a live version

  3. nicorigo

    Without a doubt I have to say Nick Cave and the bad seeds. Nick the man’s gigs are thrilling, compelling, hallucinated. Nick the man would dazzle his audience from just a stare. You might love or hate his work but you have to give him that, the man is bewitching.

    Here he is performing one of his live staple, Red right hand, in Kilmainham royal hospital back in 2018, a show, once again, of biblical proportion. (hilarious little digression from 2:05).

        1. Bertie blenkinsop

          I thought Visconti said about 75%

          No matter, I’m not getting into a row about it.
          It’s a great album

  4. CapernosityandFunction

    U2 – Zoo Station (Zoo TV tour, RDS Arena, 28 August 1993)

    The link is to the official tour DVD performance from Sydney; the closest I can get. This was the first time I managed to get a ticket to see them live, so it was a big deal at the time. I had loved the change of direction with Achtung Baby. Zooropa is my favourite U2 album to this day. I thought U2 were beginning to disappear up the fetid fundament of America with Rattle and Hum before they decided to copy Bowie and head to Berlin for some European inspiration. This is where Bono went as close to Gavan Friday as he was ever going to get; he could never manage the full transition for commercial purposes, I suppose. Having endured Scary Éire – I was beside their only fan out of 30,000 people – and enjoyed the Stereo MCs doing Connected, I wasn’t prepared for the son et lumiere assault that was about to happen. As you will see from the video the prelude built and built until the pounding intro to Zoo Station appeared. There were tingles up the spine. This was an exhibition from a band who knew how to repurpose every song for the live setting. I had never experienced the like before. There is a lot that can be said about Bono and U2, however, like Father Alton Crosbie, they give good mass (entertainment).

    1. goldenbrown

      ha! a great choice imho :)
      still have the tshirt, threadbare of course
      and the 2xCD bootleg soundesk rip

  5. stephen moran

    A regular visitor to these shores, everyone’s favourite Canuck Uncle Neil Young. I’ve seem him backed by Booker T & the MG’s, Peral Jam & if course as here by the legendary Crazy Horse. The godfather of grunge with “Hey Hey My My”. A song he “retired” for some time as it said to be the last tune Kurt Cobain listened to before his untimely demise. But for when you want to hear Young him break free & rock out this is your only tune.

  6. Andy Pipkin

    Asking me my favourite live performance is like asking someone to pick their favourite child!
    I’ve been incredibly fortunate that since the age of 15/16 I’ve worked in the music business starting as a roadie and then lights/sound/booking.
    I have seen some of the most amazing acts for different reasons as well as going to gigs to impress the girl or going as a mate had a spare ticket.

    Like your favourite album it’ll have changed the next time someone asked you!

    So in no particular order,

    Whipping Boy – Virgin Megastore
    Little did I know a few months later they have split up!

    James – Glastonbury
    First time I met Mrs P

    That Petrol Emotion – Féile 1980
    Didn’t know what to expect from them, but to me the best band of the weekend,
    Meat Loaf was surprisingly good the Friday night!

    Green Day – The Attic (Dublin)
    How the floor didn’t give way is a mystery, one of the loudest gigs ever!

    David Bowie ( Tin Machine) – The Baggot Inn (Dublin)
    I lived in the Baggot in the 80s/90s and I got the heads up about this gig from
    The Blue Angels, more below!

    My Heart’s In The Basement

    I could go on all day! But I’ll spare you all!
    I would agree with Bertie and Depeche Mode, I wasn’t a big fan but a mate got a spare ticket to see them in The Point Dublin!
    Christ On. Bike! What I witnessed that night has never left me, I’d never seen such energy on stage, the visuals the lights and most importantly the music was unreal. It was like a religious thing, I’ve never left a gig feeling so alive, the only way I can describe it, it’s like the first time you taste or drink something for the first time and falling in love with it !!

    I cannot wait to get too a gig soon!!!!

    Enjoy and Happy Friday!

    1. CapernosityandFunction

      That Depeche Mode show was a cracker. I had loved the 101 live album and took the next opportunity to see them in Dublin. They even made that horrible old barn rock that night.

  7. Slightly Bemused

    For me it is without question The Bee Gees and Massachusetts. My favourite of their songs, for all it is one of their earliest. They did many live versions, but I like the one linked below. I love hearing family sing together, but something about this one always grabbed me.

    It starts simply, almost a ditty with Robin on lead, but then his brothers join in for the chorus, and it just soars. When they do it simply like this it also shows just how incredible they were as singers and performers. It appears effortless, and they seem to be having so much fun, too.

  8. millie bobby brownie

    I’m gonna actually add the link I posted earlier this morning on the papers page, in honour of the day.

    Love is a Losing Game by Amy Winehouse

    Truly one of the greats, and today of all days, I’ve been listening to her music and this is one of the best pieces she ever put out. This particular rendition is just perfection and makes my heart ache to think about what she might have been doing now had she lived. She had such talent and the most incredible set of pipes.

    1. millie bobby brownie

      I should add i wasn’t at this gig or anything. I just think it’s an incredible performance of an incredible song.

        1. Lilly

          Beautiful, thanks. I watched Reclaiming Amy on BBC 2 earlier. Her father said she’d had a happy childhood but that no amount of love could cure her addiction. Thing is, I don’t believe addiction arises out of nowhere, a la Alice Miller’s The Drama of the Gifted Child. On the other hand, I felt Asif Kapadia’s 2016 documentary was overly simplistic, neatly packaging the blame and laying it at her father’s feet.

        2. millie bobby brownie

          That’s gorgeous, cheers Fearganainm.

          We watched Reclaiming Amy last night too. It was a nice little documentary. I enjoyed a lot of her mother’s input. Watched the Asif Kapadia documentary last week – and I found the last half hour incredibly difficult to watch, for obvious reasons – and I think you’re right. Whether intentional or not, Mitch Winehouse found himself cast as the villain of Amy’s life. I think Reclaiming Amy offered a much softer picture of her family, more intimate certainly.

  9. stephen moran

    I managed to catch Brisbane’s finest the criminally underrated Go- Betweens twice in one glorious day back in 1989. They played a lunchtime gig beside the Pav in TCD & supported REM on the Green tour that the RDS that same night. The French magazine Les Inrockuptibles voted them “third best band of the 1980s” in a 1996 article (behind The Smiths & The Pixies). Their finest moment is arguably “Cattle and Cain” Grant, McLennan’s beautiful, Proustian reflection upon leaving his outback cattle-station home for boarding school, a song so perfect it almost seems like a millstone around him in his short life.
    “I recall a bigger brighter world / A world of books / And silent times in though”
    Sadly there is no live footage that does the justice on online.
    It’s a similar tale for another classic Dublin shows Steely Dan’s first reunion gig at the Point at which they played the most Bang & Olufsen note perfect version of “Deacon Blue”. The youtube vid is an over dubbed studio version onto concert footage. Same applies to “Papa was a Rodeo” by the Magnetic Fields who brought their 69 Love Songs show to the Olympia.

    So I’ll have to go with a cliched one. He was at the height of his powers & it was a performance the likes of which few had witnessed before (though we’ve grown accustomed to his live shows over the decades since) Bruce at Slane Castle in 1985. The original & still the benchmark IMO.
    Here is is @ Croker with in 2016 some random Northsider as my 8mm Betamax footage of 1985 doesn’t really cut it

    1. Otis Blue

      Grant McLennan wrote Cattle and Cane on a guitar borrowed from Nick Cave, whilst staying in his London flat. The story goes that he told Cave “Every instrument has one good song inside and that was it.”

  10. goldenbrown

    this is ridiculously difficult
    my tastes are all over the gaff
    I’ll sooner listen to live recordings and sound desk dumps on YT and less obvious darker corners I couldn’t possibly mention here over studio recordings everytime, every day of the week
    I love the unpredictability, the utter skill and depth of the artists if they’re tight and clicking and the occasional mistakes, the social cohesion, the connection to the band and the odd surprise along the way.
    I love big live gigs…preferably festivals…I go to as many as I can

    In reverse order and this will probably change by this evening (except for my #1)

    #3 Chemical Brothers – No Geography
    the last gig I got to attend pre C19
    is it a show? is it a gig? is it a theme park? fupp knows, a visual, technological and aural assault

    #2 U2 – Zooropa – RDS 1993
    somewhat contradictory…it was the first ever time I saw a gig including modern show theatre and bloat but also the last time I saw U2 without the gargantuan level of bloat a current modern U2 gig entails (I missed Slane 2001 because I was at THE match)…I know they sometimes take a lot of liking but the fact is U2 are one of our own and for me in that era especially when I was a pre-internet gassun, out in the world travelling, working any job I could find and being generally careless they made me very very proud to be Irish, this was their finest hour imho

    #1 The Prodigy – Rock Am Ring 2009
    it saddens me to know that anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure will never get to witness them like this…
    insane gig, Fat of The Land aplenty, everyone lepping from the start the whole thing was a moshpit, so much energy in one place I thought we’d explode/implode. took a couple of days to recover. I’m fairly convinced I’ll never ever beat that day out but I’ll die trying once this C19 is away and gone and we’re barcode free!

    1. Papi

      I got to see the Chemical brothers in Berlin in 96, on a VIP ticket no less, what a show, you’re right, it’s a visual audio explosion. Went on the lash after with the Liverpool band Space, but had no clue who they were.

      1. goldenbrown

        ha that’s a lovely war story Papi!
        had something similar happen meself one time with half of The Cranberries…out for a few in Manchester after a game, I knew they were musicians alright but had no idea of their status per se until a mate duly informed me later…doh! tho tbh I’m not sure it would have made any major difference just regular fellas, funny thing is they’d just met Roy Keane and were in awe of him like a pair of small children, lol!

  11. Rosette of Sirius

    Where to start?! I was able to see Pere Ubu a few times including once in Ireland. 2005 at The Village. Fantastic live.

    Always really liked Waiting for Mary tho perhaps a bit more commercial sounding than their other stuff. Impossible not to like.

  12. Verbatim

    Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
    Amazing lyrics to this oldie 1967…plus ça change and all that!

    There’s something happening here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a man with a gun over there
    Telling me I got to beware
    I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    There’s battle lines being drawn
    Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
    Young people speaking their minds
    Getting so much resistance from behind
    It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    What a field-day for the heat
    A thousand people in the street
    Singing songs and carrying signs
    Mostly say, hooray for our side
    It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Paranoia strikes deep
    Into your life it will creep
    It starts when you’re always afraid
    You step out of line, the man come and take you away
    We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, hey, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, now, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down
    Stop, children, what’s that sound
    Everybody look what’s going down

  13. seanydelight

    Say what you like about Oxegen not being Witness, not being the previous incarnation…

    They made it different in 2007.
    Video not from Punchestown but you get the idea.


  14. Penfold

    “So Long Marianne” by Leonard Cohen.
    Had the amazing pleasure of seeing him play at Lissadell House in Sligo. Ben Bulben behind the stage, Lissadell house in background and the water to the right, it was an amazing setting.
    Took my parents and it was simply magical experience.
    What made it more special, if possible, was my Grand mother and Grand Aunts had worked there as youngsters, and we just had to walk back to an old family house that was start of being done up and camped out after.
    Aside from when he met his grandchildren for first time, I can’t remember tears in my Dad’s eyes other than this gig.

    1. Gorugeen

      My Mother in law had a bunch of tickets her and her sisters didn’t want. They went to waste. She said she didn’t think I’d be into old music like that. I was bulling. Delighted for you though. He was born to perform.

  15. Otis Blue

    Ryan Adams – when he’s good, he’s very good and when he’s bad, he’s …..well, a naughty boy indeed.

    He played a magical solo acoustic set in City Hall, Cork in 2002 and opened with a spellbinding Oh My Sweet Carolina.

  16. Danny

    So many, I ‘sang’ on stage with the Rats on Patrick’s day in New York, the song was ‘Having my photo taken’ and I was taking some pictures in front of the stage, when Bob dragged me up and had me take shots of him while trusting the microphone into my face and asking me to join it! Sadly I didn’t know the song and I’m crap at singing so it really didn’t work out!

    But, Queen in the RDS in 79 and 84? Was fantastic, blown away by Freddy!

    The Greedy Bastards in the ill fathered Stardust was an epic gig, Thin Lizzy, Sex Pistols, and on support a very young U2, I also seem to recall Paul Brady on the bill, it’s was epic!

    U2, (ok Bono is a pox), but a great live performer, stunning performance at a few great gigs

    David Byrne, Olympia, twice and the ‘point’ or what ever it’s called now. Fantastic stuff!

    Oh, and Bruuce! He really is the boss of the the three hour live rock an’ roll experience, if anyone has not experience the magic of his showmanship you really need to be there on the day!

    Uncle Tom, as in Tom Waits, actually probably the best ever gig I went to and by accident in the early 80s? And to another later, what a magical journey, he is a great performer, bazaar and brilliant.

    Van, Ian Durey, Macca, the Stones, the Kinks, ZZ Tops, Tom Jones, and some due to auld age I’ve forgotten, but i always remember when I hear on the wireless !

  17. scottser
    For me, it has to be toots & the maytals. The last time was in Vicar Street, late 2000s. The place was heaving. I danced my arse off to the extent that at the end I took my T-shirt off and wrung out about a half pint of sweat out of it.
    Have some Funky Kingston..

    1. Gorugeen

      Beautiful. I had the pleasure of seeing Leonard play it with The Webb Sisters in the rain at Royal Hospital Kilmainhan.

  18. CapernosityandFunction

    The Cars – Heartbeat City (Live Aid 1985)

    One evening during one of our lockdowns, with time to kill, I decided to take a look back at Live Aid. I didn’t remember everything I was watching, which allowed me to uncover a couple of gems. I love the intro to this song and could play it over and over again.

  19. Andy Pipkin

    I know I said I wouldn’t, but then Nick goes and extended the deadline so I had too include two more,

    The Pixies – Point Depot (Dublin)
    Had waited ages to see them and then the announcement, what made it even better was Power Of Dreams playing support!
    One hell of a gig!

    And defo my last otherwise I’ll get gate, one of my favourite bands ever,

    Ride – McGonagle‘s (Dublin)

    Very few people knew about ride but 4 of us in work had been listening to them for sometime so when the gig was announced we got tickets straight away.
    Come the day of the gig we finished work early ( even though we didn’t have too) straight up to Kehoes on South Ann St and straight into the pints.
    Over we went to the venue, which was right next door, ordered the obligatory bottle of Black Tower ( Blue Nun was a little low brow!!) and the support band started, a couple more bottles of the Black stuff and we waited for Ride!

    Without question one of the best raw live gigs I have ever witnessed!


  20. Gerry Keogh

    So many choices. I reckon the majority of gigs had stand out moments / songs for me. Dylan not saying a word in the RDS dressed in a zipped up anorak, Marley in Dalyer, John Cooper Clarke in the TV Club, Steel Pulse in Lisdoon in 81, but this guy in Feile ’93 blew my socks off!!!

  21. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

    looking forward to going through these today, maybe even squeeze a few of my own in ;)

  22. eamonn

    I can’t choose the best live act, like andy said earlier – choose a favourite child.
    In fairly recent memory I have been to St Lukes in Cork for a couple of great shows.
    It is a very atmospheric venue – an old church. You have stained glass, statues, carvings, the stage is the altar space. If you drop an alchemist like Lee Scratch Perry in there with all his candles and fruit offerings laid out on stage , before the first note you are already elsewhere. Once the band begin and the mighty man himself gets going it really is an island of Perry’s conjuring – You are no longer in a church in cork.. 83 years young, bouncing chanting, free fall improvisation general perryness of all kinds- Mystic.Magic- Magic Mystic
    This is the only footage I can find, it doesn’t convey the feeling really. You are going to have to trust me when I tell you is was a special night – Hats off to the promoters – and Thanks.

  23. eamonn

    Another night in st lukes – The Blades.
    As a youngster I used to see this band, whenever they were anywhere within a possible hitch hike.
    More recently Friends have been tripping to the Olympia to see them, I never made that pilgrimage
    When I saw them coming to cork – delight and anticipation filled me in equal measure.
    They did not disappoint – They even travelled with a Brass Section – Joy.
    From the first chord to the last drumbeat, it was mesmeric – I felt like I was sixteen again.To see Paul Cleary again after such a long time – Fantastic. To realise you still know most of the lyrics – a surprise indeed.
    On another note I also met Irish Jack there – All in all it was a most uplifting experience
    the sound not great – Blades fans will get it though.

  24. Clampers Outside

    The Charlatans…. they simply never fail to put on a good fun show that runs the length of their catogue of great music. Always a great atmosphere.

    Of the most recent gigs, as in prior to the last <two YEARS damn it… I'd highly recommend and have thoroughly enjoyed…

    London Grammar…. EP a few years back, blew socks off. Great sound, great atmosphere, some sing along from the crowd. Far from the shoe-gaze experience I was expecting. Top night!

    Parquet Floors band… Way more rockin' than expected :)
    Viagra Boys…. Kick ass "post punk" sound, and a brilliantly theatrical delivery from front an Murphy :) Great party atmosphere!
    Courtney Barnette…. Wow! Courtney rocks! A great presence on stage and deadly guitar player… I think I fell in love a bit too :)
    All 3 of the above were seen back to back in one tent at EP a few years back. It'll go down as my favourite night of all the EPs ever staged… I haven't missed one since the beginning :)

    Murder Capital… a far superior live act to Fontaines DC, imho :) Way more presence/charisma from Capitals' frontman, and a great sound :)

    METZ… A sweaty night in Whelan's that should've been way more out of control… the band called for the crowd to get more raucous through out the night. Not sure if the crowd rose to the occasion as I had my head in a speaker just a couple of feet from the lead guitarist. You gotta love the intimacy of that venue :) Noise rock, punk… whatever, it kicks butt hard! :)

    Slayer. They tight, reeeeeal tight. And for such a thrash sound to come across so tight, is damned tight! :)

    Happy Mondays, happy days and nights. Another band that are amazingly tight live. You'd never expect it from Shaun, but he sure does hold it together :) Great party night!

    King Kong Company… Because they're just great craic. Even sober, you'll find your self hoppin' off the walls with the delight of a late-teenager :)

    Now back to The Charlatans… The Only One I know, live at Glastonbury 2019 –

    Special mention for (there could be so many) Sleaford Mods whom I've seen 3 times now. Top man live, and they'll be my first live act "post/mid" covid this November, wooohooo! :)

  25. Papi

    Not mine (I wish) my girls 21st birthday party had a surprise appearance by De La Soul, they were in town and her agent asked if they would do a few tracks.
    A few tracks. Tommy Tee organised the system and ask of a sudden the boys turned up after their show and gave it socks. I love her/hate her for this.

  26. Otis Blue

    “Whistle for a Growler”, anyone?

    Here’s a gloriously raucous rendition of Monto* performed live by The Dubliners in the Gate Theatre in 1966.

    *most likely the song from which The Pogues took their original name.

  27. Andy Pipkin

    I know I’m way overtime and will probably get gate, but no one mentioned these guys. Okay I know there was lots of acts not mentioned but these guys are amazing live, not my bag, but what an awesome atmosphere!!!!

    AC / DC


  28. Bertie blenkinsop

    Although not a musician, one of the best gigs I ever went to was Jackie Mason (who passed away today) in Vicar Street.
    My jams literally hurt from laughing.
    We were lucky enough to meet him afterwards in the Trocadero.
    People say never meet your heroes but he was charm personified.
    One of the greats.

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