2018 Live

The Blue Aeroplanes – MPT’s live band of the year – again

In 2018, I took in 45 different shows and witnessed 104 separate performances.

The best dozen shows of the year (in reverse chronological order, one performance per act) were:

14th December Mercury Rev Leeds Brudenell Social Club
7th December Blue Aeroplanes Bristol The Fleece
28th November Malcolm Middleton Glasgow St Luke’s
22nd November Withered Hand Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms
12th October De Rosa Glasgow The Great Eastern
18th August Spare Snare Leith The Depot
20th July The Pictish Trail Glasgow Mono
25th May Nadine Shah Leith Main Theatre
3rd May Adam Stafford Edinburgh Summerhall, Lecture Theatre
27th April The Filthy Tongues Kirkcaldy The Windsor
1st April No Age Glasgow Mono
30th March Randolph’s Leap Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

For live act of the year, I have to be predictable and award it to last year’s winners, the Blue Aeroplanes, for their two Christmas shows in Bristol but No Age, Pictish Trail, Withered Hand and Malcolm Middleton ran them close.

The act I saw most often was Broken Chanter (4 times – albeit that includes 2 duo performances, a solo performance and a full band outing!).

Just behind on 3 were Kid Canaveral and Randolph’s Leap although the Canaverals performed as a 5 piece once, a 4 piece once and as a duo on the other occasion. I also saw David perform solo billed under his own name!

I saw a range of acts twice –

Beerjacket, Blue Aeroplanes, Book Group, The Filthy Tongues, Jill Lorean, Mercury Rev, Martin Metcalfe & The Fornicators, Malcolm Middleton, Pictish Trail, Spare Snare and Withered Hand.

I saw acts perform in 37 different venues as far apart as the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and my own living room! I visited 19 of these venues for the first time.

Dundee was dislodged from the town/city in which I saw most shows by Glasgow, largely due to MPK2 being located there now. In fact Edinburgh (not counting Leith) overtook Dundee for second:

14 – Glasgow
8 – Edinburgh
5 – Dundee
4 – Kirkcaldy
3 – Leith
2 – Bristol, Cupar, Toronto
1 – Glenrothes, Leeds, Livingston, London, Stirling.

I visited two venue the most often with one unsurprisingly being Beat Generator Live in Dundee. We were at Summerhall in Edinburgh on 3 occasions to see performances in 4 different locations!

The other venues visited more than once were:

Mono, Glasgow;  Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; The Windsor,  Kirkcaldy; Adam Smith Theatre (Beveridge Suite), Kirkcaldy ; St Luke’s, Glasgow.