The goal for this year was to attend at least one gig a week, review it, then create a blog post.
Where I could I wanted at least one review printed in a publication each month.
I’ve completed both tasks this year and am happy with the results; my reviews have been getting stronger as the year has ended and with sharper focus I believe they will get even better.
Along the way, without asking for it, I’ve also got a little publicity– which is always nice.
Next years goals have still to be finalised but I know they’ll involve more live shows (especially in Newcastle), more reviews and getting more work publicised. It will also involve starting a DJ show.
It’s exciting though in light of some news I saw yesterday I’m reluctant to make it anything other than what it should be- fun.
In total I saw 85 gigs (including days at a festival) this year; 7 with Lloyd, 24 with Adrian, 8 with Mick, 15 with Col, 2 with my dad, and 1 each with Dave, Mahon, Bryan and Christie.
Here’s my highlights from this year
Drummer of the year: ‘Drummer girl’ from Parastatic– rhythmic, poised and bang on the beat.
Funniest part of a gig: Ginger Wildheart stopping a song to check what the security was doing- then kicking it back in with the line ‘fuck him’ once he realised they were stopping a fight.
Song of the year: The Pixies ‘Here comes your man’; a track played so well you were sure it was being mimed.
Busiest gig: The Pixies
Event of the year: Massive Attack took the award for the best event, beating out both Download and Ac/Dc with a brilliant homecoming line up that included Primal Scream and Skepta
Venue of the year: Think tank- the best small, intimate, venue in Newcastle.