Welcome - About Live and Loud!

Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show in 2012 taking old unreleased live concert recordings I could find and working to repair and improve them - fixing tape hiss, noise, tape drop out, clicks, speed variations, defects - before improving the sound quality by EQing the sound to bring out the instruments as clearly as possible. These are now made directly available to download for free to reach as many fans of the music as possible.

Depending on the quality of the original recording, these can often be made to sound almost like commercial recordings - but of course I can't guarantee that for every show. What I can guarantee is it will sound far better than the original files available which have been floating around the internet and on bootleg recordings for many years.

Almost all are either "soundboard" recordings (taken directly from the mixing desk used at the gig on the night) or old FM radio recordings. A few gigs, if they are of special historical importance, make an appearance even if they were recorded from the audience - these can also be made to sound better than ever.

Do your ears a favour and listen on headphones or good speakers to get most benefit - laptop speakers will always sound pretty poor by comparison.

All shows still available are listed, including a link to download the remastered show for free. If you want to support the site with a small donation, you can receive the shows as either separate MP3s or FLACs (your choice) - head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

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And finally... These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music.
There is nothing you can go and buy in a regular record store here. If a gig is made available as a regular release, then it will be removed (as a couple have been already).

Wednesday 7 December 2016

Show 86: The Human League - Live at Festival of Fools Amsterdam - 10 June 1980

This time it’s a welcome return to Live and Loud! for The Human League. There aren't many live recordings of the first incarnation of the band and I’ve been trying to track down this particular recording for some considerable time. And then within a month, I had 3 copies!

Unfortunately all 3 are quite flawed 1 way or another. Despite this being such a short recording (originally from Dutch radio), this may well have taken me the longest time to repair and restore! However, I think its been well worth it. It is, quite simply, now clearer and better than any other live bootleg of The Human League I've come across to date.

This performance, at a mixed arts festival in Amsterdam, was (I think!) the last to feature the original lineup. On that basis alone it needed a decent copy of it preserving; I hope this is it.**

The show is now available to download exclusively for free here as 1 MP3 file.

Or, if you would like to have separate tagged MP3s, or even lossless files in FLAC format, head on over to the Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs.

Dreams Of Leaving
Almost Medieval
Perfect Day
A Crow And A Baby
Empire State Human
Rock 'n' Roll

** As it happens, it wasn't the last show as I believed back in 2016 when I did this - I've since come across 2 other bootlegs from June and July which are very poor quality recordngs of shows in London and Germany


  1. Thanks for taking the time to do this. I love this Human League period and it's so thrilling to hear how they were live during this time.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to respond. The good news is that I have since been sent another, complete set from an earlier gig by the Mk 1 lineup. An audience recording but a fairly clear one (certainly better than the other Human League audience recording I have on here). So that will be coming up early next year sometime, once its been worked on and improved.

  2. Hi Flip, you're doing great work here. Too bad that there are only so few recordings from the original line-up era. As usual it's wonderful to hear what you manage to achieve with the source material. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Check back soon - should be another HL Mk1 early next year (see comment above). Cheers!

  3. Hi,

    It's great to hear Phil get the lyrics wrong so often ! Contact Martyn Ware on facebook with a link, I'm sure he'd appreciate it!

    1. Yeah I like the mistakes too - 1 reason I love bootlegs. Cheers!

  4. Saw this link on Blind Youth and jumped to it. What an outstanding recording. I am so in awe of this as a long time League fan and them barely ever touring Australia this provides such a valuable insight into their live performances at their most creative. Can't wait to hear the others you have mentioned you are going to release. Cheers! Anthony

  5. Big Big fan of THE HUMAN LEAGUE (M1)
    I'll have anything you,ve got....
    Don't take too long with the next post.....looking forward to it.
    A massive thanks from Sydney, Australia.

    Keep the great work up!!!!!!


  6. Amazing material. Thanks for putting these up.

    1. Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Hoping to have a new Mk 1 lineup early show up very very soon. Cheers!