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Gigging In 2010

I must admit, it’s been a slow start to the year for this blog. Not only has it been my quietest month for gigs in a long time, but my busiest at work, eating into my personal time and meaning I’ve had less time to dedicate to this blog.

Hopefully that’s all about to change soon. My big work project is nearing completion, and my gig diary is starting to fill up again, which feels rather comforting. I hope to write soon about the Fyfe Dangerfield gig I attended last week, and start gearing up for the following lot of upcoming gigs:

Midlake previewing their new album at The Tabernacle.

Martin John Henry, Sparrow & The Workshop, James Yorkston, and lots more at a charity gig next weekend in Edinburgh, looking forward to the trip!

David Ford playing a tiny show and releasing his new album at the Boogaloo.

The Wave Pictures playing at the newly refurbished Borderline as part of HMV’s new music gig series.

The Low Anthem playing their biggest gig yet at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, with David Ford supporting!

Another David Ford gig at the Boogaloo!

Midlake again at Shepherd’s Bush.

The Willkommen Orchestra (featuring members of Willkommen Records) at King’s Place.

Gabby Young & Other Animals launching their fantastic new single at their biggest yet gig, at Bloomsbury Ballroom.

John Cale performing Paris 1919 (wow!!!) at the Royal Festival Hall.

Get Well Soon returning to the UK following their new album release, at the Borderline.

A Silver Mt. Zion touring their new album, playing the Electric Ballroom.

Babybird following up their new album with a gig at the Scala.

Revere playing an as yet unconfirmed gig to launch their spectacular debut album.

Pavement returning to Brixton Academy.

Add to that Glastonbury and End Of The Road festivals and it’s already shaping up to be a pretty special year! Hope that you all have plenty of gigging fun lined up!

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2009 Round-Up Part 6 – Best Gigs

Here it is, the final part of my 2009 round-up, and a look at the best gigs throughout the year. There were many gigs deserving of praise, and many artists who narrowly missed the cut (see list at the bottom), however I have restricted the list to my favourite 10 gigs of the year. The top 10 is presented in chronological order, as unlike albums it’s hard to revisit the performance to choose the order, and they’re all winners!

The Acorn – Brixton Windmill (13th March)

One of the most fun small gigs of the year, my first proper glimpse (first headline show) into the brilliance of The Acorn as a live band. Whilst on record their music is beautiful and fairly relaxed on the whole, the live show brings a lot more energy. This gig was small, sweaty, and from what I remember the band played a nice long set. I think it was their first London headlining gig, a warm up for their Elbow support slot at Wembley Arena the following night, which brings me nicely to gig number 2…

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2009 Round-Up Part 3 – Various Stats & Lists

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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Merry Christmas – Free Music!

As Christmas approaches, and I have yet to compile my ‘best of 2009’ lists (but I have until the end of the month for that, right?), I thought I’d point you in the direction of some free Christmas themed downloads. Just got a few to start things off but if you know of any more let me know and I’ll add them up here.

As well as my 2009 round-up I’ve got a few more gigs to review (David Ford & James Yorkston) so keep an eye out for those over the next few days (hopefully!).

So, on to the downloads…

Revere – Silent Night/The Escape Artist


If you know me or have read my reviews of them (here and here) you’ll know how much I love the band Revere. I’m massively excited about the release of their debut album ‘Hey! Selim’ next year, but in the meantime the good people at Maps Magazine have posted a free download of their festive cover ‘Silent Night’, which features the equally brilliant Gabby Young. Even more generously they have offered up previous single and album + live standout track ‘The Escape Artist’.

There’s a whole advent calendar worth of other free downloads too so go check them out!

Get Revere downloads here

Oh! Canada presents: Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada


Just spotted this one and not had a chance to listen yet. The Line Of Best Fit have teamed up with Oh! Canada to bring you a 25(!!) track compilation of Christmas tracks by some fantastic Canadian bands. Many are unknown to me, but with some of my live highlights of the year including The Acorn and Ohbijou on there this looks like it’s well worth a listen.

Get Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada here

Revere – Brixton Windmill (Sat 28th Nov)

A few weeks on from their last London gig at The Flowerpot (read review), I took advantage of a final chance to see Revere play this year, as part of a charity gig organised by Maps magazine. Having rushed across town from another gig, I managed to catch the final support set, before Revere wrapped up the night sometime after 11pm.

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Gigs this week (23rd November)

Welcome to this week’s update on upcoming gigs! Here are my gigging plans for the week, but what about you? Interested to hear what everyone else is up to so let me know with a comment below!

Malcolm Middleton – Bush Hall (Tues 24th Nov)

Other than Xmas single ‘We’re All Going To Die’ a few years back, and one or two Arab Strap songs, I’m not very familiar with the music of Malcolm Middleton. I was impressed with his performance at End Of The Road this year though, and a quick listen to recent album ‘Waxing Gibbous’ on Spotify suggested he’s worth seeing again.

With the suitable title for this time of year ‘Malcolm Middleton’s Long, Dark Night’, it promises lots of songs about love, hate, death and ‘other stuff’. Sounds good to me!

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Revere – The Flowerpot (Sat 14th Nov)

And so on to the final gig of last week… I’ve finally caught up with the backlog!

So, Revere, my favourite new band in years, finally announced a weekend show meaning I had a great excuse to drag along a bunch of mates to experience just how good they are, as part of a big Saturday night out. I even had someone from Swansea along who had been waiting for a suitable opportunity to see them play.

Any initial disappointment of the planned gig at The Garage being replaced with a smaller show at The Flowerpot was soon gone, upon the realisation that as soon as debut album ‘Hey! Selim’ is unleashed upon the world next year the bigger shows will fast become the norm, and intimate gigs like this one will become rare. The band seemed more than happy to be playing to the packed out (and suitably engaged) crowd, most likely made up of the fans who’d already planned to attend the Garage gig, and regulars to The Flowerpot.

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