Syd Arthur are one of the best psych-rock bands around. Comprised of brothers Joel, Josh, and Liam Magill and Raven Bush, this Canterbury foursome spoke with AMBY to talk about their favourite gigs they’ve ever played. Dive into their stories below. Syd Arthur’s latest record release Apricity is available for download here.
Radio City Music Hall, New York City.
The whole day was intense. The union crew backstage ran a tight ship with the usual New York attitude, and the place was a labyrinth. The hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets offered no peace, a crafty pre-gig smoke was anything but relaxing. The gig itself was amazing. We were opening for ‘YES’. Six thousand New Yorkers filling the seats at a sold out Radio City and they were more than up for it. I’ll never forget staring into the black abyss of the audience whilst playing our songs. All I could see was hundreds of exit signs staring back at me on the back wall stretching wide and as tall as a skyscrapre. When we finished a song they would light the crowd and six thousand faces slowly appeared from the blackness. This gig was like an outer body experience. I didn’t feel in control but everything happened as it should, if not better.
BST Hyde Park, London.
We were first on the main stage followed by Future Islands, BECK, and The Strokes. It was insane. We invited our friend Ollie Chilton along to do some visuals as they wrap the whole stage in 900sqm of LED wall. It was amazing being backstage and seeing all the high rollers rock in last minute to watch The Strokes.
The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles.
The Greek Theatre is up in the mountains next to the observatory in L.A. Built into the mountain it acts as a modern amphitheatre/outdoor venue. Again with ‘YES’ we opened the show and it was an amazing experience. It was the last show of the tour and the setting and vibe couldn’t have been better. This was Chris Squires last ever gig as he sadly died the following year. It was an honour to play there and share the stage with such a legend.
The Roundhouse, London.
Recently on tour with White Denim back in October 2016 we got to play The Roundhouse. The last time I personally went to The Roundhouse was to watch Radiohead back in May, so to play there after that was something else. It was amazing to play with White Denim, who absolutely nailed it. They did the show in Quadrophonic sound and really went in on the visuals and production. It was killer!
Smugglers Festival, Deal.
Our good friends from neighbouring scenes throw a small festival every year at the end of summer. This had to get on the list of top gigs as we get to see our friends and play music with each other in a super chilled environment in the Kentish countryside. There’s a real community and bursting scene happening in Kent and it all merges into one at this beautiful annual event.