Now that festival season is in full swing it can only mean one thing, epic live shows! A live performance gives an artist a chance to connect with their fans and a chance to put on a spectacle, often involving guests. It’s always fun when bands team up with their famous friends and share a new twist on our favorite songs, so here are 10 amazing collaborations that we’ve caught over the past year that have us looking towards this summer’s surprise guests.
10. Mick Jagger and Raphael Saadiq – “Somebody to Love”
Jagger took to the Grammy stage for the first time ever for this tribute to Solomon Burke. The Rolling Stone frontman and Saadiq put on a performance that had everyone on their feet.
9. Mumford and Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show – “Wagon Wheel”
Mumford and Sons finished their 2010 Bonnaroo set with a little help from Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The video/audio isn’t the best quality, but the energy of the performance is contagious nonetheless.
8. The Edge and Muse – “Where the Streets”
Glastonbury boasts of epic duets, and this one is definitely one of the best. Muse and the Edge performed a killer cover of U2’s “Where the Streets.”
7. Lissie and Ellie Goulding – “Everywhere I Go”
Goulding joined Lissie for a performance at the Great Escape Festival. These two lovely ladies both possess incredibly beautiful and distinct voices, making for an one-of-a-kind duet. Also, check out the friends singing a cover of Patty Griffin’s “Making Pies” at the SWR3 New Pop Festival.
6. The National, Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent – “Afraid of Everyone”
A simply gorgeous performance at the Radio City Music Hall. All of the artists beautifully complement each other for a seamless performance.
5. Ray Lamontagne and David Gray – “Dig A Pony”
The pair went on tour together last fall. This video captures the two closing out their show at The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with a cover of the Beatles’ “Dig A Pony.” It’s not often that a YouTube video of a live performance gives me chills, but Lamontagne and Gray deliver.
4. Florence + The Machine and Dizzie Rascal – “You’ve Got The Dirtee Love”
Award show collaborations are either hit or miss, but this duet between Welch and Rascal at the 2010 Brit Awards transforms the already popular track to an unforgettable hip-hop production.
3. Kanye West and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) – “Lost In The City”
Sure it just happened this past weekend, but West closed out Coachella with an insane set. He came in with an entourage of musical talent, but chose to perform this collaboration with Vernon, one of our favorite tracks off of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
2. Wanda Jackson, Jack White, Third Man Band – “Riot in Cell Block #9”
Jackson leaves no doubt that she is the queen of rock & roll with her spirited performance with White at Third Man Records in Nashville.
1. Phoenix and Daft Punk – “If I Feel/Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger/Around the World”
The French electronica duo dropped in to help close out Phoenix’s Madison Square Garden show in October 2010. The two groups jam together on an out of this world version of “Harder, Faster, Better, Stronger/Around the World. The closing number of the night was and awesome rendition of “1901” featuring Daft Punk.