Top performances of 2013
29 Dec 2013
This year has seen many music highlights so we’ve rounded up six of the most memorable performances of 2013.
2013 has seen many unforgettable shows from musical excellence at Glastonbury, random performances involving the future King, a rock legend and pop star to Beyoncé with that halftime show.
Arctic Monkeys headlining Glastonbury Festival
The Sheffield boys did Yorkshire proud when they took to the stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They performed their hit new album AM, which saw the boys land their fifth consecutive No.1 album.
They first headlined the festival in 2007 and their second time as headliners showed the progress of the band. With their slick new look and northern charm they played a combination of their biggest hits including Fake Tales of San Francisco as well as debuting new tracks including R U Mine?. The performance received rave reviews from both fans and critics alike.
Arctic Monkeys followed Glastonbury with a stellar UK tour and have already announced shows for 2014 including two in Finsbury Park, London, and headlining T in the Park Festival.
Miley Cyrus performing at MTV’s VMA with Robin Thicke
After Miley Cyrus performed at the VMA she hit the headlines and is yet to leave them. The performance, which saw the star team up with Blurred Lines Robin Thicke, combined a teddy bear leotard that was to reveal the now infamous nude, latex two-piece and a foam finger.
Miley did some twerking on Robin, had a constant stuck-out tongue and did some inappropriate foam finger gestures to make one of the most talked about performances of 2013. It catapulted Miley into the headlines with her new sexualised image and cemented her in pop culture history. Miley is to bring her new look and Bangerz tour to the UK to the UK in 2014.
McBusted’s debut performance on Children In Need
McFly and Busted caused a storm when they released the news that they would tour together as the boy band super-group McBusted. The news followed from Busted performing with McFly during their tenth anniversary concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in September.
However, their first official performance as McBusted took place on this year’s Children In Need. The boys played hits from both McFly and Busted including All About You and Year 3000. It went down well because after the performance their UK tour went on to add further dates and they have been announced as one of the headline acts at British Summer Time festival.
Robbie Williams’s One Night at the Palladium
Robbie Williams made history this year with his album Swings Both Ways taking the title of the 1000th No.1 in the UK charts. He then went on to perform the album at the London Palladium.
The performance was Robbie at his best. He was full of charisma and charm and the performance, which was backed by a big band, was full of glamour and glitz. Robbie performed songs from his newest album and 2001’s Swing When You're Winning with guests including Rufus Wainwright and Lily Allen.
The made-for-TV concert also had an appearance from the The Muppets with Kermit The Frog introducing the Take That star and a duet of Somethin’ Stupid with Miss Piggy. One Night at the Palladium was just a glimpse of what to expect on his 2014 UK tour.
Taylor Swift performing with Prince William and Jon Bon Jovi
It has to be one of the most random performances of 2013 but November saw pop sensation Taylor Swift perform Livin' On A Prayer with rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and Prince William.
The performance was during The Duke of Cambridge’s Winter Whites Gala that was held at Kensington Palace to raise money for Centrepoint homeless charity. Both the starlet and Jovi were to play at the event but during Jovi’s classic hit song Prince William led Swift onto the stage to belt out the chorus of the song. It was unexpected but it was brilliant.
She also managed a cracking tour across the US to support her album Red. The American pop star is making her way to the UK in February.
Beyoncé’s Superbowl halftime show
With the news that Beyoncé would perform at the 2013 halftime show fans were excited to see what the superstar would bring – and they weren’t disappointed.
The stadium blacked out to reveal a giant Beyoncé in flames with the lady herself stood in front of it. The words, from a Vine Lombardi’s speech, “But the spirit, the will to excel, the will to win, these are the things that endure.” rang out through the stadium and Beyoncé kicked things off with Love On Top before breaking into Crazy In Love.
Not only did we get Beyoncé but she brought her Destiny Child girls, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, to the stage. They performed Bootylicious, Independent Women Part 1 and Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) with her. She then finished the high energy performance with Halo.
It was the second most watched halftime show, following Madonna’s 2012 performance, and received critical acclaim. Beyoncé will return to the UK with her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in February and March.