Doing it for the Gram: 31 musicians’ first ever Instagram posts

Some great, some funny, some... questionable

Any Instagram account’s first post reveals a lot about the person that owns it and the kind of account they’re going to curate –  and the same is true of musicians’ accounts. In the case of Arctic Monkeys, their first (and only) post makes them out to be a clean-cut, silent, brooding type. Paramore’s is playful; La Roux’s is arresting; Britney Spears’ is unashamedly in favour of expired boyband The Wanted; Beyoncé’s is coolly political; Alt-J’s, meanwhile, goofily self-aware. Kasabian’s is just a little bit silly.

After trawling through bands’ feeds, we’ve gathered the photos that 31 musicians decided to post on the blank, brand-new feeds of their Instagram accounts. Check them out below: they’re a pretty good litmus test of whether an artist is worth following (or not).

1. Paramore:

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Look how arty our first instagram is.

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2. The Rolling Stones:


3. Arctic Monkeys:

4. Grace Jones:

5. Green Day:

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#99revolutionstour #greendaytour2013

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6. Elton John:

7. La Roux:

8. Madonna:

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Election Night 2012

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9. FKA Twigs:

10. Kasabian:

11. Chance The Rapper:

12. The xx:

13. Lorde:

14. Slaves:

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TOUR @drenge #slavesuk #band #music #tour #uk

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15. Ed Sheeran:

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First instagram post, on the way to hackney weekender

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16. Charli XCX:

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17. U2:

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Hello, hello #U2ieTour

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18. Liam Gallagher:

19. Beyoncé:

20. Dizzee Rascal:

21. Catfish and The Bottlemen:

22. Florence and the Machine:

23. The 1975’s Matty Healy:

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24. Zayn Malik:

25. Drake:

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Homeward Bound

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26. Bring Me The Horizon:

27. Lady Gaga:

28. Jamie T:

29. Britney Spears:

30. Noel Gallagher

31. Alt-J:

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First post sure

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Who’s the best artist you follow on Insta? Let us know which accounts are the best value in the comments below.


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