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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


15th July – Belly – The Garage, Glasgow


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


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


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


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


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


(Photo – Chris Stevenson)

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


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


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

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