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The Loudest Ever Gigs - As Chosen By You

  • Recently we've been discussing the most face-meltingly, nose-bleedingly, bone-shakingly loud gigs. We asked NME readers about their loudest ever gigs, and received a phenomenal amount of responses. Paul McCluskey @pgmccluskey kicks it off with My Bloody Valentine. “I thought the ear plugs were just a fashion accessory. I was wrong.”

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    Added: 30 Sep 2013

  • Sunn O)) at Coalition Brighton in 2012. Bits of the roof were falling off.” @beardyface remembers.

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    Added: 20 Jan 2011

  • Metallica at Glasgow’s SECC in 2009. @pgmccluskey commments: “Outstanding, but I could barely hear the next day!”

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    Added: 11 Jun 2012

  • ‏‪@WaxenWebb chose Supergrass in 1996, tweeting "‪#StillRinging"

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    Added: 05 Oct 2012

  • The Cramps. @RedJules4 tell us “(I) had a visit to the audiologist afterwards…”

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    Added: 23 Mar 2009

  • ‏‪@Antwright21 picked Velvet Revolver at the MEN. "Nearly blew the roof off!"

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    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • British duo Chemical Brothers, are “louder than the rest,” says @MortenMull.

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    Added: 31 Jan 2012

  • @Ksal29 picks being front row at Swans at ‪Pitchfork Festival this summer

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    Added: 29 May 2013

  • Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club at Oxegen 2007 was "Amazingly Loud," remembers @Andr3wCahill

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    Added: 16 Nov 2012

  • @Thisisgorilla throws down “Fuck Buttons without a doubt”

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    Added: 16 May 2013

  • "Tribes at the NME awards tour a couple of years back for sure, Johnny’s a screamer.” says Jack Etherington via Twitter.

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    Added: 19 Apr 2013

  • The Strokes left a lasting impression on @KeiranCoyne: “Partially deaf in my left ear because of The Strokes at Benicassim 2011," at which point we remind readers that it is a good idea to wear always ear plugs at gigs to prevent hearing damage.

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    Added: 20 Feb 2013

  • "The Prodigy at Empress Ballroom in Blackpool! Ears ringing for days!" writes @LeeCee91

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    Added: 19 Dec 2012

  • Primal Scream at Leeds Academy, 2008. Anthony Almeida @forwardtony tells us it “left the whole crowd deaf and blind! Everyone was shout-talking walking home.”

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    Added: 10 Jul 2013

  • Pulled Apart By Horses "without a doubt" says @__PrettyGreen ‪

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    Added: 24 Aug 2012

  • Pixies. “I remember my professors all sounded like Peanuts characters the next morning,” recounts Neph Basedow

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    Added: 03 Oct 2013

  • Interpol in Aberdeen was the loudest gig for @calumck87

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    Added: 05 Oct 2012

  • @_Estocada_ suggests The Cribs at ‪the Kasbah in Coventry. "The Jarmans ripped it up!"

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    Added: 07 Jul 2012

  • "The Verve supporting Smashing Pumpkins at the Manchester Academy, ears still blissfully ringing 20 years later," tweets @buckhouston

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    Added: 20 Jun 2013

  • AC/DC “At the O2 a few years back…my ears actually cried. Lordy it was loud.” Sent in by Matt Hughes @devilmatt

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    Added: 14 Jun 2010

  • ‏‪@Sophiapatriciaa saw Green Day in January 2010 in Hong Kong

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    Added: 24 Aug 2013

  • @SirLeonLopez goes for Queens Of The Stone Age. "Loudest motherfuckers out there"

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    Added: 17 Jun 2013

  • Babyshambles, but maybe because I was a meter away from the speakers…” tweets @kkasab1an

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    Added: 04 Sep 2013

  • Rage Against The Machine ‪was "one of the best shows ever in life" for ‏‪@Carmentownsend

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    Added: 11 Oct 2012

  • "Example at Earls Court had tiles coming off the ceiling!" tweets @Hoskin96

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    Added: 08 Aug 2011

  • Watching Mogwai at Oxford Brookes a few years ago, @ModerateRock "had to kneel down to stop from passing out"

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    Added: 07 Sep 2011

  • Tool at Hammersmith Apollo in 2006 is @DaveFawbert's choice. "Dear God I thought my ears were going to explode. What a way for them to go though," he writes.

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    Added: 30 Jan 2013

  • OFWGKTA. @Adrians_Space was “At the front with bass-related stomach pains”

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    Added: 25 Aug 2012

  • A lot of shouts for Motörhead. @Joeturner01 tweets, “In all seriousness Motörhead tore my face off"

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    Added: 11 Jul 2011

  • "Spiritualized on the Ladies and Gents tour," says @RJBrookes. "My cheek bones are still rattling to this day"

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    Added: 02 Oct 2013

  • @Willjhodgkinson writes "I kid you not: it was Cliff Richard. But everyone else had hearing aids so it was alright for them"

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    Added: 23 Mar 2012

  • Phoenix at Corona Capital “felt like an earthquake” to @kevin_fcb1

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    Added: 27 Aug 2013

  • ‏@_DouglasFIeming saw Skrillex at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and was deaf for about three days ‪afterwards. Don't forget your ear plugs next time.

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    Added: 28 Aug 2012

  • ‎‏@LibertadorCymru was working as a venue manager at the Cardiff Students Union 1996 when the bass at a Skunk Anansie gig removed the celling tiles of the hall. "As venue manager I had to evacuate," she writes

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    Added: 07 Jun 2012

  • System Of A Down in 2005 was "a mental night, ears bleeding," writes ‏@gavinw1266

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    Added: 23 Aug 2013

  • "Breathtaking" is how ‏@StuMakey describes Iggy & The Stooges' Raw Power Tour at the Apollo. Not jealous at all..

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    Added: 20 Jun 2012

  • ‎‏@Nannymctwee remembers going to see Crystal Castles, band's who loudness can be very vocal. "The earplugs helps when Alice Glass is screaming in your ears," she writes.

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    Added: 30 Jun 2013

  • Pendulum in 2010 at the Braehead arena in Glasgow was "the bassist gig ever," says ‏@TheVeganLeather

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    Added: 08 Jun 2011

  • "Probably Dinosaur Jr somewhere in London," writes ‏@AndyWh1te. "Somewhat concerned for my hearing for a couple of days afterwards."

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    Added: 23 Aug 2013

  • "I burst my eardrum at Glastonbury 2003 standing too near the bass speaker for Flaming Lips," remembers ‏@lizclough86, at which point we would suggest that wearing ear plugs to gigs is a good idea

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    Added: 13 Jun 2013

  • Foo Fighters at Milton Keynes Bowl was the loudest gig ‏@nathanlong26 has ever been to. "Sure Grohl was on a mission to burst 140,000 ear drums that night. Awesome gig though!"

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    Added: 31 Aug 2012

  • "The Mars Volta, at the ICA in London, left me with a buzzing sound rattling around my skull," tweets ‏@Brennanski

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    Added: 10 Jul 2011

  • "Rammstein were heard from a campsite a 20 minute walk at @RockWerchter - that's pretty loud I'd say," observes @Ryan_Blackwood

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    Added: 17 Jun 2013

  • ‎‏@tom_billson saw Future Of The Left "in some dive bar somewhere, absolutely brutal". "Also Falco called my mate a prick," he recalls

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    Added: 04 Jul 2012

  • @Jules2020 saw Graham Coxon at The Rig, Nottingham. "Think levels had been set for Rock City," he quips.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2012

  • @SideTwoLtd remembers watching Napalm Death at The Old Market in Hove. "No coincidence that they were signed to @EaracheRecords. I was in pain for days," he writes

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    Added: 20 Mar 2013

  • "I was front row for Nine Inch Nails on the Wave Goodbye tour. My ears have never recovered. Especially after Wish and Suck #tinnitus," writes Chris Brindle.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2013

  • Vincent Pugliese had to pick his brain off the floor after watching Deftones at Terminal 5, NYC

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    Added: 02 Oct 2013

  • "My hearing has never been the same," writes Suzy James on Facebook. That's what a My Crooked Vultures gig will do to you.

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    Added: 07 Jun 2012

  • Mogwai is Rikki Vibes Harris's first thought before remembering Cypress Hill, who gave an 'oddly' loud performance.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2012