Which ones stood out? Any surprisingly good gigs? Tell us your stories and favourites.
I went to a lot in 2017. My liver probably isn’t doing too well as a result. I’ve a few more booked this month and have counted that I’ve been to 90+ gigs in 2017. My favourites:
1. The Magnetic Fields - The Barbican.
Their 50 Song Memoir gigs. I thought the album was average on the first skim listen. Went back to the album as I had tickets for both gigs. Loved the album and it’s in my top five of the year. I had an appalling week of work prior to the gigs and brilliant seats whilst getting drunk on smuggled in wine to The Magnetic Fields playing a brilliant album over that weekend was the highlight of my year gig-wise.
2. Brian Wilson - Moody’s Theatre. Austin, TX
On my week’s holiday at Austin. I saw Brian Wilson do Pet Sounds at a London theatre in 2006 as part of the 40th anniversary of that album. It’s one of my all time favourite albums and seeing him and his band (yes, they carry him) do the 50th anniversary was fantastic.
3. Mitski - Mohawk. Austin, TX
I’m a huge fan of her’s. Although I will admit I’d never heard of her before her last album. The outdoor venue there was great. A perfect setting to see her play.
4. Valerie June - Scala
My favourite album of the year. Fantastic live.
5. Desperate Journalist - Scala
Always great live. Probably my favourite new-ish British indie band.
6. Tegan and Sara - The Roundhouse
They always have a brilliant rapport between themselves and the audience. I saw them on The EU referendum night last year at The Koko and have bad memories of that night due to the result. (Fuck you, Brexit-ers). Their Roundhouse show exorcised the gig component of June 23 2016.
7. Shilpa Ray - The Social
If you haven’t heard the album. Check it out. Such an amazing voice.
8. The Wedding Present - The Roundhouse
Another “band performing an album” gig for me. I love their George Best album.
9. Adia Victoria - The Lexington
Second time that I’ve seen her. Great fun.
10. Sheryl Crow - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Easy to scoff but she was fantastic live. I went to the gig with an old uni friend and it was just a great fun night out.