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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 5 – Best Festival Performances

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.

2009 Round-Up Part 4 – Best Albums (Top 10)

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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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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The Low Anthem – The Tabernacle (Wed 18th Nov)

One of my live highlights of the year, it’s been great to see the success and profile of The Low Anthem grow over the past 6 months. The year began with tiny shows (I first caught them at Brighton’s Ocean Rooms basement at The Great Escape, playing to around 100 people), moving on to sold out shows at the Union Chapel, and now the Tabernacle, along with many festival performances. Next Feb they’re playing at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a well deserved step up, but will it lose the intimacy that has made their other shows so enjoyable?

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Gigs this week (16th November)

After all the busyness of last week I need to catch up on a few gig write-ups, but all in all it was a fantastic week. Some amazing bands and lots of fun, even if I am still tired as a result.

This week sees another couple of gems, but thankfully only two this week and a few nights for me to relax before then!

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