Uncut’s 50 Best Gigs – Extra!

Today: Editors' Tom Smith's memory of Spiritualized, 2002

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In this month’s UNCUT, our writers, friends and favourite musicians reminisce about their favourite gigs.

The October issue, onsale now, features our best 50 – including Jimi, U2, The Band and Oasis – with rare photos from the shows too.

Now here’s some more – we’ll publish one everyday this month – including online exclusives on gigs by Manic Street Preachers,The Stone Roses, Pixies, Beach Boys, and Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones and Babyshambles’ Adam Ficek‘s favourite live memories too.

Eden Project, Cornwall, July 6, 2002


I got into them round the time of Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, and me and Russell [Leetch, bassist] went to see them headline the Eden Project – a former quarry, and a beautiful setting for a gig. Behind the stage they had these biodomes, with different climates in each, and they glowed different colours in the night. It made this an eerie, beautiful setting for what was a really primal rock show, just beautiful, simple songs delivered with such honesty, like church music for the rock’n’roll stage.

As it got dark and the lights got more visible, it amplified the mood of the crowd. We were locked into this magic performance. Around the top of the disused quarry they had people juggling fire. You’re inspired by things all the time, but a show like that can’t help but have an effect on you and I think we took that with us when we were writing songs for Editors.


Not even UNCUTs war-weary gig-hounds have been to every great show in history – but you lot probably have.

Email Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com, or share your memories in the comments box below, of the ones we might have missed, and we’ll publish the best in a future issue!


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