YouTube’s collection of live concert videos is about to get expanded by several thousands. On Tuesday, the video sharing site announced that it has teamed up with Music Vault to bring another 12,000 clips of classic performances from some of the world’s biggest artists.
Music Vault collects live video performances, both rare and from some big festivals like Woodstock, Winterland, and more. It reportedly took the company two years to restore and compile the thousands of tapes from its archives. The collection, consisting of over 2,000 hours of video, spans over 50 years of music and includes clips and sometimes even full concerts from both modern artists, like Fleet Foxes and Of Monsters and Men, to a slew of legendary artists, including Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and many, many more.
“We believe this content deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, and our partnership with YouTube allows us to do just that,” content editor Bill Antonucci said. “And not only does YouTube have the numbers, their viewership is as diverse and all-encompassing as the Music Vault catalog. Younger music fans will now be able to experience what it was like to see these classic bands at the peak of their powers while their parents relive the thrill of seeing shows they actually attended.”
The collection is very extensive and definitely worth spending at least a few hours browsing, but if you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 clips of a wide variety of artists to catch.