Despite 2020’s gigging being necessarily curtailed, we still squeezed in 8 different shows in to the restricted calendar, 7 before lockdown and an unexpected open air encore in September.
Show of the year was undoubtedly Sleater-Kinney at the Barrowlands (above) (even more so if I can count STOOR at Mono the same evening as their support!) although Wire’s G2 January show pushed it close and was probably the best I’ve seen them.
I only saw STOOR and the Monochrome Set more than once last year and four acts for the first time.
Those gigs in full:
Rick Redbeard – Hospitalfield, Arbroath – 12th September
Randolph’s Leap / Hailey Beavis – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 1st March
The Monochrome Set / STOOR / The Cathode Ray – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – 29th February
Sleater-Kinney – Barrowlands, Glasgow – 28th February
The Monochrome Set (part) / STOOR – Mono, Glasgow – 28th February
Julian Cope / Keeley Forsyth – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – 15th February
Wire / Graham Duff – G2, Glasgow – 30th January
The Pictish Trail / Rozi Plain – St Luke’s, Glasgow – 17th January
We missed as many shows as we saw. With the pandemic looming large in our thoughts we decided, regrettably, to skip the Meursault show in Edinburgh on 13 March, whilst tickets for shows by Jill Lorean, Vulture Party, Robert Forster, Nap Eyes, the Pictish Trail and Idlewild were unused, although most have been rescheduled. Our first trip to Norway, to see the Dream Syndicate at a festival in Oslo was also a COVID casualty.
From March onwards therefore streaming shows were all we could see (with the one exception) and amongst others, we watched Steve Wynn & Linda Pitmon and Adam from Randolph’s Leap on a regular basis. We also saw shows by Low, Withered Hand, Whitehorse and Rick Redbeard as well as a couple of multi-band bills, most notably the seriously impressive Kid Canaveral’s E-Baubles.
Being honest, between the new Kent-variant of COVID and the fact that there’s no evidence at this stage that the vaccines can suppress transmission, I’m not sure we’ll see much in the way of shows even next year.
Certainly the evidence regarding aerosol transmission in an enclosed space makes it certain I won’t be attending indoor shows until I’ve been vaccinated and even then I’ve no great desire to become an asymptomatic carrier to put other people at risk.
I suspect next year’s list therefore may be even shorter than 2020’s.
Some snaps from the shows (I didn’t have the proper camera at any show):