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