2019 Live

The Dream Syndicate2019 turned out to be my busiest ever gig year despite losing half a dozen shows at the end of the year to a combination of work and the lurgy.

As ever narrowing the list down to a handful is well nigh impossible but I think 2 probably stood out from the crowd:

#54 The Dream Syndicate – Scala, London – Monday 21st October (above)

#24 Malcolm Middleton – MPLR – Saturday 8th June (below)

The following were awesome too:

#5 Low – The Tramway, Glasgow – Tuesday 29th January

#8 Big Joanie / Secret Power – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow – Friday, 22nd February

#10 Thula Borah – Nice’n’Sleazy’s, Glasgow – Friday 8th March

#18 dEUS – The Academy, Dublin – Friday 10th May

#33 BODEGA – Summerhall, Edinburgh – Monday 12th August

#34 Mogwai / The Twilight Sad – Bellahouston Park, Glasgow – Friday 16th August

#35 Sharon Van Etten – Leith Theatre – Wednesday 21 August

#41 Broken Chanter – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Saturday 7th September

#42 The Filthy Tongues – The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – Friday 13th September

#48 Meursault – La Belle Angelle, Edinburgh (Friday 4th)

#53 She Makes War – The Lexington, London (Friday 18th)

#58 – #60 Withered Hand – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – Wednesday 20th-Friday 22nd November

#61 De Rosa / Jill Lorean – CCA, Glasgow – Saturday 14th December

Snaps from all these shows:

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Honourable mentions to the following as well:.

#2 Fucked Up – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow – Tuesday 22nd January 2019

#9 Brix and the Extricated – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Saturday 2nd March 2019

#11 Bob Mould – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Saturday 16th March 2019

#13 Kristin Hersh – Dissection Room, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Wednesday 20th March

#15 STOOR – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Saturday 30th March 2019

#16 The Wedding Present – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Thursday 4th April

#19 Gwenno – The Sound House, Dublin – Saturday 11th May 2019

#20 The Beths  – The Mash House, Edinburgh – Monday 13th May 2019

#26 Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts– Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Thursday 20th June

#31 Randolph’s Leap / the Spook School – Indietracks Festival – Saturday 27th July

#57 Wozniak  – The Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh – Saturday 9th November

#64 Goodbye Mr Mackenzie / The Filthy Tongues – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Sunday 29th December

In total I saw 160 acts perform at 65 performances. 71 of the acts were new to me (a number boosted by Indietracks).

17 of the venues were new to me (including my first two in Ireland). I co-promoted 2 shows and hosted another house show

The bands I saw perform the most were:

Broken Chanter – 8
Withered Hand – 4
De Rosa – 3
Jill Lorean – 3
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie – 3
Filthy Tongues – 3

I saw a further 15 bands perform twice!