1) Revolting Cocks @ Islington Academy
Been waiting about 25 years to see these guys and they did not disappoint. Ripped through all of Big Sexy Land and most of Beers, Steers & Queers. Luc Van Acker and Chris Connelly are both ace frontmen, but Paul Barker reamins the absolute epitome of industrial funk cool.
- A bunch of bands who are not Revolting Cocks…
Just kidding. Saw loads of good acts this year
2) Nick Cave @ The O2
Just an astonishingly powerful arena show. As the thread on the music board here documents, most folk were curious as to how his show, and such a personal album, were going to translate to a massive space and the answer was brilliantly.
3) Prophets Of Rage @ Brixton Academy
Felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure when I booked tickets for this, but any second thoughts disappeared the moment they launched into Prophets Of Rage. RATM fronted by Chuck D and B Real? Literally what is there not to like…
4) Skinny Girl Diet @ The Montague Arms
When one of your favourite bands plays your local pub on a Friday night, that is a pretty good omen. Super tight and super furious. One of their last shows as a three piece too.
5) Run The Jewels w/Danny Brown @ Brixton Academy
Would probably have made the list for Danny Brown’s support alone, but RTJ took things to another level. Stupidly good fun throughout.
6) Black Sabbath @ The O2
Could have been something of a heritage cash cow show, but was actually absolutely brilliant. Ozzy was in great voice and clearly loving it. Flawless setlist too…aside from Dirty Women from Technical Ecstasy. GIVE IT UP IOMMI!!! Oh, they have…
7) The Black Angels @ The Forum
Only went last minute to this as a spare ticket came up. Saw them waaaay back in about 2007 and hadn’t really thought about them since. Seems like they’ve got a lot better in the meantime
8) Ulrich Schnauss @ The Water Tower
Catching this in a disused water tower at the end of a residential street in Lewisham felt like something of an adventure. Plus gives me the opportunity to post this pic of the man himself with me stood in the background:
9) Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Brixton Academy
Found their last album a bit plodding, plus they’ve been away for ages. They appear to have come back reinvigorated however and seemed to be having a great time live. New tracks sound great too.
10) Blanck Mass @ Rich Mix
One of my favourite albums of the year, and translated great to a live setting with added mountains of dry ice and some nice black metal vocals