I spent last weekend in Edinburgh, experiencing the city and attending some fantastic gigs. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to go for ages, as I’d only previously paid a fleeting visit on the way home from T In The Park about 6 years ago. After seeing the amazing line-up for the Sick Kids Sunday gig and having a quick look at how easy it would be to get there, I quickly found myself booking trains and a hotel to make the trip!
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Tagged Adrian Crowley, Arthur's Seat, Broken Records, Eagleowl, Edinburgh, gig, Hidden Door, James Yorkston, Martin John Henry, Meursault, Panda Su, photos, review, Sick Kids Sunday, Sparrow & The Workshop, Sparrow And The Workshop, The GRV, The Stormy Seas, Woodenbox With A Fistful Of Fivers, Zoey Van Goey
Just a very quick one before I post my top 10 gigs of the year (the post was getting too long) – here is a quick summary of my favourite 10 festival performances of the year. Had I been more organised and got all of this done before the end of 2009, I’d have liked to written more about these. Anyway, here you go!
- The Twilight Sad – The Great Escape (14th May) – First time discovering the band and blown away by great performance in a tiny venue.
- The Low Anthem – The Great Escape (16th May) – First time seeing them and as with the Twilight Sad, just an amazing performance in a tiny venue.
- Easy Star All-Stars (performing Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’) – Glastonbury (26th June) – So much fun, and an album that deserves to be heard all in one go.
- Neil Young – Glastonbury (26th June) – An absolute legend, with a rocking headline performance.
- Bruce Springsteen – Glastonbury (27th June) – Wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy but this man knows how to please a crowd and has so much stamina!
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Glastonbruy (28th June) – This performance really got me into the band, an energetic and fascinating performer.
- Broken Records – Truck (25th July) – Lots of fun dancing away in a small tent!
- Ed Harcourt – Standon Calling (2nd August) – Curfew-breaking show by Ed and guests, whilst dressed as an astronaut, lots of fun!
- Okkervil River – End Of The Road (12th September) – So much better than Fleet Foxes’ headline performance, a reminder of what a great band they are.
- Sparrow & The Workshop – End Of The Road (13th September) – Second time seeing them and a massive realisation that they’re superb. Great crowd too, in the tipi tent.
You can find the rest of my 2009 end of year round-up here.
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Tagged Best Festival Performances, Broken Records, Bruce Springsteen, Easy Star All-Stars, Ed Harcourt, End Of The Road, Glastonbury, Neil Young, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Okkervil River, Sparrow & The Workshop, Standon Calling, The Great Escape, The Low Anthem, The Twilight Sad, Truck Festival
A few days later than planned, here is my Top 10 Albums of 2009 in full. If you missed the first part (numbers 25-11) you can find it here. Expect top 10 gigs to follow soon, and in the next week or so expect normal gig diary service to resume. Keen to hear other people’s top albums of the year so do leave a comment if you’ve gone to the trouble of compiling a list too.
10. Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
When the Manics announced that they were to record a new album using lyrics left behind by (missing, presumed dead, original guitarist & lyricist) Richey Edwards there was a mixed response. Would they still be capable of writing songs worthy of Richey’s lyrics? Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the answer turned out to be a big yes! Combining their renewed energy and catchy tunes of previous album ‘Send Away The Tigers’ with the darkness of Richey’s lyrics, and early masterpiece ‘The Holy Bible’ it was a winning formula. An album that manages to sound modern, but still part of the early Manics (and Richey’s) legacy. No ‘hit singles’ to be found, but a great solid album that has managed to surprise a lot of people this year.
[Listen on Spotify]
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Tagged Best Albums Of 2009, Broken Records, De Rosa, Doves, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, The Decemberists, The Fiery Furnaces, The Leisure Society, The Low Anthem, Top 10 albums
Being a music geek I have to admit I’m a bit of a fan of stats & lists. This very reason is why sites like Last.fm and Songkick. They allow music geeks like me to track who they have seen & listened to, and then present them back in some nice lists, as well as gathering some great data about people’s listening habits and gig attendance as a whole, not just on an individual basis.
So before I reveal (i.e. finish writing) my top albums and gigs of the year, here are some of the ‘highlights’ of what I’ve been up to taken from those very sites. If you get bored easily by lists, look away now!
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Tagged babybird, Broken Records, David Ford, De Rosa, Duke Special, Fanfarlo, Gabby Young & Other Animals, Genesis, Gigs, I Am Kloot, Idlewild, Last.fm, Lists, Neil Young, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, revere, Songkick, Stats, Super Furry Animals, The Acorn, The Beatles, The Fiery Furnaces, The Leisure Society, The Low Anthem