Are These The Best Live Acts Of The '00s?

26 August 2018, 11:30 | Updated: 28 August 2018, 19:01

Florence Welch, Alex Turner, Brandon Flowers and Karen O
Florence Welch, Alex Turner, Brandon Flowers and Karen O. Picture: Florence Welch: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images, Alex Turner:Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Firefly Music Festival, Brandon Flowers: Kevin Winter/Getty Images, and Karen O: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

We celebrate the return of Razorlight by looking back at the best live bands and artists who were formed or found fame in the noughties.

2018 has seen Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine play their first live shows after years away from the spotlight.

It's now also seen Razorlight announce the details of their first album in a decade.

Join us as we look back at some of the best live acts who were formed or found fame in the same decade.

Are these the best live acts of the noughties or do you reckon we've left anyone out?

  1. Razorlight

    Razorlight's Johnny Borrell
    Razorlight's Johnny Borrell. Picture: Jo Hale/Getty Images

    Love him or loathe him, Johnny Borrell's energy and electricity shone through whenever Razorlight were on stage.

    And if you missed them the first time around, the noughties indie rockers have announced a new album, Olympus Sleeping, and an accompanying UK tour this December.

    Watch Razorlight play Golden Touch live at V Festival 2009:

  2. Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner performs at Radio X HQ
    Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner performs at Radio X HQ. Picture: Radio X

    After forming in 2002, Alex Turner and co. developed a loyal following through playing live gigs in their native Sheffield and handing out CDs.

    16 years later and they're still entertaining audiences across the globe.

    Watch them play I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor at the Royal Albert Hall:

  3. Florence + The Machine

    Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine at Lollapalooza Brazil 2016
    Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine at Lollapalooza Brazil 2016. Picture: Raphael Dias/Getty Images

    Since forming in 2007, Florence Welch has been building on her craft and delighting audiences whether she's playing intimate secret gigs or huge festivals around the world.

    Watch her sing Wild Horses with The Rolling Stones at London Stadium:

  4. Bloc Party

    Bloc Party's Kele Okereke
    Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Picture: Jo Hale/Getty Images

    Kele Okereke and co's debut album Silent Alarm provided larger than life bangers in the likes of Helicopter and Banquet, which the shy indie outfit had no trouble bringing to the stage.

    Watch the crowds go crazy to Helicopter at Reading 2007:

  5. Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse in 2006
    Amy Winehouse in 2006. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

    The late Amy Winehouse's heart-breaking struggle with addiction is well documented, but her talent as a singer and her ability to interpret music shone through.

    Watch her perform Tears Dry On Their Own on Live on Other Voices in 2006:

  6. The Killers

    The Killers' Brandon Flowers
    The Killers' Brandon Flowers. Picture: Rob Loud/Press/SJM

    Though Brandon Flowers admits he nearly threw up at The Killers first ever gig, his artistry and charisma as a frontman went from strength to strength.

    Watch them perform When You Were Young at British Summer Time 2017:

  7. Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire's Win Butler at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl
    Arcade Fire's Win Butler at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl. Picture: Jon Mo

    There's nothing quite as impressive as seeing a huge band playing a myriad of images on stage. As well as producing an amazing debut album in 2004 with funeral, Arcade Fire managed to succeed in bringing it to the stage... and they still are over a decade later.

    Watch them play Wake Up to crowds live at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl last year:

  8. The Hives

    The Hives' Pelle Almqvist in 2002
    The Hives' Pelle Almqvist in 2002. Picture: Haydn West/PA Archive/PA Images

    Anyone who's seen The Hives live will attest to the high octane antics of their frontman Pelle Almqvist on stage.... And all while wearing a shirt and tie. Legend.

    Watch them on Letterman pefrorming Walk Idiot Walk:

  9. Kaiser Chiefs

    Kaiser Chiefs
    Kaiser Chiefs. Picture: Press

    Kaiser Chiefs debut album Employment told tales of messy nights out in Leeds and they brought that same chaos and excitement to the stage.

    I Predict A Riot never failed to prompt epic scenes both on stage and the crowd.

  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O in 2004
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O in 2004. Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

    Karen O is undoubtedly one of the most dynamic frontwomen of the noughties. Her dramatic look and style twinned with her larger-than-life moves captivated fans on stage.

  11. The White Stripes

    The White Stripes in 2002
    The White Stripes in 2002. Picture: Scott Gries/Getty Images

    Jack and Meg White provided fans with some epic performances over the years, and despite the duo releasing their final album in 2007, the tunes still stand the test of time when being brought to a live audience.

    Watch Jack White perform Fell In Love With A Girl in London in 2018:

  12. Jet

    Jet in 2016
    Jet in 2016. Picture: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images

    One question: Are You Gonna Be My Girl?

    You couldn't hit an indie night dancefloor without the Aussie four-piece's enduring hit being played.

    And it was just as exciting to hear live.

  13. Adele

    Adele in 2017
    Adele in 2017. Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images

    Adele is considered one of the most talented singers of our time, with plenty of GRAMMYs and BRIT Awards to show it.

    The Tottenham-born artist - whose real name is Adele Laurie Blue Adkins - has provided fans with an number of epic performances throughout the years, but none are more memorable than that eye-watering BRIT Awards performance of Someone Like You.

  14. The Enemy

    The Enemy in 2002
    The Enemy in 2002. Picture: Ian Gavan/Getty Images for adidas

    The Enemy may have announced their split and farewell tour in 2016, but their songs and spirit still remain.

    Watch them play Away From Here at T in The Park 2012:

  15. Queens Of The Stone Age

    Queens Of The Stone Age
    Queens Of The Stone Age. Picture: Press/Andreas Neumann Nasty Little Man PR

    So many bangers, so much energy and so much unbridled rock 'n' roll.

    Is there anything better than hearing No One Knows - which is taken from their 2002 Songs for the Deaf album - at a festival?

  16. The Subways

    The Subways at T in The Park in 2008
    The Subways at T in The Park in 2008. Picture: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

    If you went to a lot of gigs in the mid noughties, there's a chance you would have seen The Subways at some point.

    Billy Lunn and co brought a youthful energy to stage with bangers in the likes of Rock & Roll Queen and Oh Yeah.

    Watch them play their memorable hit at Rock am Ring 2009:

  17. Interpol

    Interpol's Paul Banks in 2015
    Interpol's Paul Banks in 2015. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

    When Interpol burst onto the scene, there were plenty of comparisons drawn between Joy Divsion.

    Paul Banks and co offered up huge live favourites in the likes of Evil and Slow Hands, which they're still delivering to audiences today.

    Watch them play Slow Hands at British Summer Time 2008:

  18. Editors

    Editors. Picture: Rahi Rezvani/Press

    You cant mention Interpol without giving Editors a cheeky namecheck.

    Formed in 2002 and going on to release their debut album The Back Room in 2005, Editors continually bash out crowd-pleasing performances with their eyes closed.

    Highlights include Blood, Papillon, Munich and All Sparks.

    Watch them play Pinkpop Festival here:

  19. Jamie T

    Jamie T in 2015
    Jamie T in 2015. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

    Jamie T never fails to get audiences going, whether playing new material or performing crowd favourite Sheila.


  20. Franz Ferdinand

    Franz Ferdinand
    Franz Ferdinand. Picture: Press

    Franz Ferdinand were an undeniable tour-de-force when they first burst onto the scene.

    When it comes to their live shows, the Scottish rockers have a bevvy of bangers to choose from including their 2004 Take Me Out hit.

  21. Kasabian

    Kasabian's Tom Meighan at TRNSMT Festival 2017
    Kasabian's Tom Meighan at TRNSMT Festival 2017. Picture: ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images


    So much energy, so much passion, so much volume.

    Kasabian packed a serious punch when it came to their live shows, and still do today.

    Watch them literally smash it when they break a glass at the Global Awards:

  22. The Cribs

    The Cribs' Ryan Jarman
    The Cribs' Ryan Jarman. Picture: Matt Cowan/Getty Images
  23. Gorillaz

    Damon Albarn of Gorillaz
    Damon Albarn of Gorillaz. Picture: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
  24. Foals

    Foals frontman Yannis Philippaks
    Foals frontman Yannis Philippaks. Picture: Theo Wargo/Getty Images
  25. The Maccabees

    The Maccabees' Orlanda Weeks
    The Maccabees' Orlanda Weeks. Picture: JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images
  26. Kate Nash

    Kate Nash in 2018
    Kate Nash in 2018. Picture: Matt Cowan/Getty Images
  27. Maximo Park

    Maximo Park
    Maximo Park. Picture: Press Release
  28. Jack Penate

    Jack Penate in 2009
    Jack Penate in 2009. Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
  29. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Peter Hayes. Picture: TORKIL ADSERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
  30. Friendly Fires

    Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires
    Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires. Picture: Simone Joyner/Getty Images
  31. The View

    The View in 2011
    The View in 2011. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/PA Images
  32. The Libertines

    The Libertines
    The Libertines. Picture: Press
  33. Biffy Clyro

    Biffy Clyro
    Biffy Clyro. Picture: Luke Gilford/Warners Press
  34. Courteeners

    Courteeners. Picture: Press