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Hell – that was some year for gigs. And there were a good few that I managed to miss for one reason or another.

Live band of the year? A tough one but it’s difficult to look past the Triffids and Friends even, if like last year, it’s on the basis of just the one performance.

Anyhow – here’s the pick in chronological order – by far the longest list of ‘Best gigs of the year’ I’ve ever done:

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30th January – De Rosa / Kid Canaveral – Summerhall, Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/that-saturday-night-high-de-rosa-and-kid-canaveral-live/

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3rd March – Emma Pollock / Hamish James Hawk – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/but-its-on-the-setlist-emma-pollock-live/

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26th March – STOOR / The Cathode Ray – Basic Mountain, Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/this-is-only-going-to-get-louder-stoorthe-cathode-ray-live/

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15th April – The Filthy Tongues / Atom Tan – Beat Generator Live, Dundee

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6th May – Book Group / Adam Stafford / Jargo – Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/more-candy-than-bacon-book-group-live/

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26th May – Malcolm Middleton / The Pictish Trail – Beat Generator Live, Dundee

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/looking-at-the-moon-malcolm-middleton-live/

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28th May – Kid Canaveral / Tanat – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/the-keys-to-the-happiness-palace-kid-canaveral-and-tanat-live/

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29th May – Robert Forster – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/any-word-on-the-whisky-robert-forster-live/

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15th July – Belly – The Garage, Glasgow

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/an-impolite-number-of-songs-belly-live/

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4th August- An Evening With Low – The Sage 2, Gateshead

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/running-30-miles-in-a-day-an-evening-with-low/

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5th August – Idlewild / C Duncan – Summer Nights @ Kelvingrove Bandstand

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/08/10/stand-up-sit-down-stand-up-dance-idlewild-live/

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6th September – We Were Promised Jetpacks / Redolent / The Youth and the Young – La Belle Angele – Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/09/14/miles-away-we-were-promised-jetpacks-live/

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10th October – Bob Mould / Thoughtforms – The Garage / Glasgow

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/inverse-proportion-bob-mould-live/

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21st October  – The Triffids and Friends – Islington Assembly Hall, London – Friday

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/i-know-your-name-remember-mine-the-triffids-live/

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30th October 2016 – Brix and the Extricated / STOOR – The Cool Cat Club, Beat Generator Live, Dundee

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/damned-for-eternity-brix-and-the-extricated-stoor-live/

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16th November – Lee Ranaldo / Richard Youngs  – Summerhall, Edinburgh

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/songs-of-the-resistance-lee-ranaldo-live/

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17th December – De Rosa / Adam Stafford – CCA, Glasgow

https://manicpopthrills.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/a-christmas-mend-de-rosa-and-adam-stafford-live/

Over the course I saw 92 performances (89 in 2015) at 38 shows (33 in 2015).

I saw 12 acts on more than 1 occasion (13 in 2015) with a three way tie for the most seen act:

De Rosa, Kid Canaveral, Adam Stafford – 5

Book Group, STOOR – 4

Bob Mould (!!) , Spare Snare, Emma Pollock, Randolph’s Leap, The Filthy Tongues , Joshua Gray, Hamish James Hawk – 2

These shows were in 23 different venues (1 up from last year) of which 9 were visited for the first time (compared to 6 last year). Most visited venues were:

Beat Generator Live, Dundee – 7, Summerhall – 6, The Liquid Room, La Belle Angele, Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh), The Garage (Glasgow) – 2

Unexpectedly Edinburgh with 16 visits was the clear winner in terms of towns or cities visited whilst Dundee slipped from joint first to joint second (-2) level with Glasgow (+4).

Edinburgh – 16

Dundee , Glasgow – 8

Newport-on-Tay, London, Gateshead, Coatbridge, Aberfeldy, Dunfermline – 1

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