LIVE NIRVANA Concert Chronology August 23, 1991 - Richfield Avenue (Reading Festival), Reading, UK

  • NIRVANA
    • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar)
    • Krist Novoselic (bass)
    • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals)
  • Eugene Kelly (backing vocals)
  • Antony Hodgkinson (dancer)
  • Alex MacLeod (tour manager)
  • Craig Montgomery (sound engineer)
  • Ian Beveridge (monitor engineer)
  • The Mean Fiddler
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Soundcheck
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Doors
14:00
The Honeythieves Showtime
14:00
Babes In Toyland Showtime
14:35
Silverfish Showtime
15:25
NIRVANA Showtime
16:15
Chapterhouse Showtime
17:05
Dinosaur Jr. Showtime
18:00
Pop Will Eat Itself Showtime
19:10
Sonic Youth Showtime
20:35
Iggy Pop Showtime
22:00
  1. No Info
  1. School
  2. Floyd The Barber
  3. Drain You
  4. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  5. Come As You Are
  6. Breed
  7. Sliver
  8. Molly's Lips Kelly on backing vocals
  9. Love Buzz
  10. Negative Creep
  11. The End jam
  12. Blew
  13. Endless, Nameless
AUD #1a
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
ANA(2) > DAT(2) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
40 min / 8.0
Notes:
In March 2009 a 2nd generation tape surfaced.
More complete, but lower quality than AUD #1b.
"Floyd The Barber" is cut within, so that the recording is missing the second chorus.
AUD #1b incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
Unofficial LP [Live From The Reading Festival 23 August 1991]
Length / Sound Quality:
09 min / 8.5
Notes:
Less complete, but higher quality than AUD #1a.
Includes only "Negative Creep", "Blew" and "Endless, Nameless".
Everything before "Negative Creep" on the Live From The Reading Festival 23 August 1991 LP is AUD #4.
AUD #2
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
Unofficial CD [Smells Like Nirvana]
Length / Sound Quality:
39 min / 8.0
Notes:
No Info.
AUD #3
Equipment:
Sony PC-62 > Sony WM-D3
Lowest Generation:
ANA(1) > DAT(1) > CDR(1) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
40 min / 8.0
Notes:
"Drain You" is cut within.
AUD #4 incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
Unofficial LP [Live From The Reading Festival 23 August 1991]
Length / Sound Quality:
29 min / 8.5
Notes:
Missing everything after "Love Buzz".
Everything after "Love Buzz" on the Live From The Reading Festival 23 August 1991 LP is AUD #1b.
AUD #5
Equipment:
Sony ECM-101 > Sony WM-D3
Lowest Generation:
ANA(M) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
39 min / 7.5
Notes:
Surfaced in May 2013.
The recording is distorted due to hot levels and "Drain You" is cut within.
AUD #6
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
ANA(2) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
39 min / 5.0
Notes:
Surfaced in July 29th 2018.
AMT #1
Equipment:
Built In > unknown
Lowest Generation:
VID8(M) > MKV
Length / Sound Quality:
40 min / 7.5
Notes:
Amateur video, shot from the back right (far-shot).
A master transfer was circulated December 18th 2017.
"Love Buzz" cuts in.
AMT #2
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
VHS(2) > DVDR/FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
39 min / 7.5
Notes:
Amateur video, shot from fairly close to the stage, towards the right (close-shot).
Has a cut in "Come As You Are".
AMT #3a incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
VHS(x) > FLV/MP3 > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
1 min / 8.0
Notes:
Amateur video, shot from the stage on Krist's side.
Includes "The End" jam and one second of "Blew" only.
Circulating copies are sourced from an FLV video file posted on YouTube.
AMT #3b incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
VHS(x) > FLV
Length / Sound Quality:
7 min / 8.0
Notes:
Amateur video, shot from the stage on Krist's side.
Includes "Drain You" (cuts in) and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (cuts in), only.
Circulating copies are sourced from an FLV video file posted on YouTube.
PRO #1a incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown Betacam
Lowest Generation:
TV > VHS(1) > DVDR/FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
3 min / 8.5
Notes:
Includes only "School".
Shot by an MTV Europe crew from the back with a single camera PRO-shot video, with soundboard audio.
Includes only "School".
PRO #1b [soundboard audio from amateur video] incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown Betacam
Lowest Generation:
BETA(M) > ANA(1) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
16 min / 8.5
Notes:
Audio-only version of all the video footage shot by MTV, the video itself is not circulating, only the (soundboard) audio portion from it.
More complete than PRO #1a, but includes only the audio from the video.
Includes only "School," "Floyd The Barber," "Drain You," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," "Breed," "Love Buzz," and "Blew".
Has cuts in all songs except "School" and "Come As You Are".
PRO #2 incomplete
Equipment:
Beaulieu Boom Microphone > Beaulieu 5008 S (Super 8)
Lowest Generation:
Official DVD [1991: The Year Punk Broke]
Length / Sound Quality:
05 min / 9.5
Notes:
Includes "Endless, Nameless" and a clip of "Love Buzz" only.
Shot by Dave Markey with a single camera and open mic audio.
Clips appear on a rough edit of the official video release 1991: The Year Punk Broke that Dave Markey posted on YouTube.
Clips of "Love Buzz" also appear on the (This Is Known As) The Blues Scale bonus video included on the 1991: The Year Punk Broke DVD release.
PRO CLIP #1a incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown Betacam
Lowest Generation:
TV > VHS(1) > DVDR
Length / Sound Quality:
40 sec / 9.0
Notes:
Clip of "School" only (the last 30 seconds has various video footages over the audio) appear on MTV Tribute To Nirvana.
Clips of "Come As You Are" and "Love Buzz" appear on the special No Apologies: MTV's Nirvana History.
PRO CLIP #1b incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown Betacam
Lowest Generation:
Unknown > youtube > FLV
Length / Sound Quality:
1 min / 9.0
Notes:
Clip of "Come As You Are" only was posted by MTV on YouTube.
Clips of "Come As You Are" and "Love Buzz" appear on the special No Apologies: MTV's Nirvana History.
PRO #1

In circulating videos, additional video cameras can be seen shooting from the pit area.

  • Former Vaselines lead singer Eugene Kelly sang with Kurt on "Molly's Lips."
  • The band jammed on "The End" by The Doors.
  • The band played an abbreviated version of "Endless, Nameless" followed by Kurt diving into Dave's drum set, which resulted in Kurt dislocating his shoulder.
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