This exclusive Elbow interview was conducted by The Future Tense as part of the ON/OFF project.
Each artist was asked the same series of questions relating to the live music experience, before being photographed just before and again immediately after performing.
Venue: O2 Arena, London
Date: March 28th 2011
What is your most memorable live moment as a fan?
G. Love & Special Sauce at Manchester Roadhouse was just amazing. It was an underground album that meant the world to my friends and me at the time and we couldn’t believe he was touring here. He was a total hero, and we saw him in a club with about 250 people.
What is your most memorable live moment as a performer?
We did a gig with the Halle Orchestra and Youth Choir a few years ago and the whole vibe was just great – there were screens around town in Manchester and it felt like the whole city was with us.
Have you had any disasters on stage?
Guy lost his voice in Atlanta, but rather than cancel the gig we did ‘Elbow karaoke’ and got different audience members to come up on stage and sing with the band! That and the entire tour crew coming on stage in nappies at the last gig of a long tour.
Do you have any live performance aspirations?
To headline Glastonbury.
Any pre/post performance rituals?
Nothing more than making sure we’ve had enough wee’s so we don’t get caught short on stage!
A full list of featured artists and interviews can be found here.
Dates: 2009 to 2014
Photographer: Tom Oldham
Curator: Ed Bartlett (The Future Tense)
Featured Artists: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Beady Eye, Beth Ditto, Chase & Status, CSS, Duran Duran, Editors, Ed Sheeran, Elbow, Faithless, Flying Lotus, Friendly Fires, Grimes, Janelle Monae, Jessie J, The Kills, Labrinth, Lana del Rey, Lykke Li, MIA, Muse, My Chemical Romance, Mystery Jets, Paul Weller, Plan B, Primal Scream, Prodigy, Pulled Apart by Horses, Rizzle Kicks, Rudimental, Snoop Dogg, Suede, Swedish House Mafia, Take That, Tinie Tempah, The Vaccines, Warpaint.
Partners: War Child, Pledge Music