2017 followed closely in the footsteps of 2016, i.e. just as much of a dodgy year in many world wide respects, but again, not in gigs for me … yet another good one!
Best Gigs –
My Gig of the Year award goes to … Radiohead at Glasgow Green. Simply the best band in the world, stunning. My only 10/11 rating of 2017.
I had four 9/11s, which were great , but get the ‘close but no cigar’ award … and in chronological order –
- Girl Band – Summerhall, Edinburgh
- Jennie Abrahamson – The Lexington, London
- Idles – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
- Susanne Sundfør – CCA, Glasgow
8.5/11s included finally getting to see Mugison , and great shows from Kagoule, Sam Coomes and July Talk .
Best Albums –
Not too many albums really struck me this year but the clear stand out was Music For People In Trouble by Susanne Sundfør. What a tremendous collection of simple but powerful songs. Very meaningful and important to me in 2017.
Honourable album mentions to –
- Björk – Utopia
- Idles – Brutalism
- Moses Sumney – Aromaticism
- Jennie Abrahamson – Reverseries
- Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool
Best New Discovered Artists –
I’d heard about Susanne Sundfør but not paid much attention until John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux festival in Hull during April. What a revelation, and she became by far my most listened to artist of 2017. How could I have missed her ’til now? What a find! See Susanne Sundfør – CCA, Glasgow – 3 Oct 2017
Honourable new discovery mentions to –