It’s that time of year again when I start assessing what I’ve been up to for the previous 12 months, so here’s a rundown of the gigs I’ve seen in 2012 (in order of enjoyment).
This could be the best gig I’ve ever been to (definitely in my top 3 anyway). I’ve seen them a couple times before and they always put on a good show. I saw them this week (19th December) at Brixton Academy, which is hands down the best music venue in London. The band didn’t come on till half-past midnight and the place went in to pandemonium. I was very tired at the work the next day, but it was well worth it.
Supergrass were my favourite band as a teenager, so it was a shame when they split up a couple of years ago. Gaz Coombes is still making shithot music though – both as a solo performer and with The Hot Rats. I saw Gaz Coombes at XOYO in October and it would have been my gig of the year, had it not been for The Prodigy. I got there an hour early and ended having a cigarette outside the venue with the man himself! My Penny Black Music review.
Molotov Jukebox have been my favourite band since I saw them at Secret Garden Party in 2011. They were due to play there again this year, but they had to cancel their set. I managed to catch them at the Borderline in Charing Cross at the start of December and had an amazing night. My Penny Black Music review.
Tankus The Henge
Surprise highlight of Secret Garden Party 2012, and I’ve seen them twice more since. I saw them with my mate, Gennaro, while we were both very drunk and high on MDMA (some time in the afternoon). The set ended with the audience doing a massive impromptu conga line around the tent. You can see a video of me and Gennaro dancing to them here. I’m the bald bloke in the middle and Gennaro is in the yellow stripy shirt on my right. We look like a right pair of wankers.
A very heavy Satanic metal band who’ve been around who’ve been around with various lineup changes since the 80s. They played early in the year at the Forum and I saw them with my mate, Chris. Hail Satan!
Sheep on Drugs
I’ve wanted to see this band for as long as I can remember. Well, since about 1996 anyway. Saw them in October in New Cross. A great show with lots of nudity. My Penny Black Music review.
Mental Japanese band who played a free gig at The Macbeth pub in Hoxton in March. Wicked stuff.
Be Open Sound Portal
This was more of an art installation then a gig, staged in Trafalgar Square. I went there on a date and had a great time with lots of laughs. Not because of the Sound Portal though – that was shit. My Penny Black Music review.
A fun “mockney” ska band who I’m a massive fan of. Saw them at the 100 Club with my friend, Natalie (who sadly, didn’t have sex with me afterwards). My Penny Black Music review.
An unusual band from America with an amazing drummer who also does the singing. Saw them at The Lexington with Chris on a cold Monday evening and I’m glad I did.
Another great band who played Secret Garden Party this year. Awesome reggae band who I hope to see again soon.
I saw these at the free BBC Hackney Weekend in the summer. The day was a bit eventful but quite funny, and I blogged about it previously here.
This was at Secret Garden party as well. It was a very sunny day and afterwards I jumped in the lake. Fun times!
I went to see Nix performing with pianist, Rupert Cheek, last January at a pub in Islington. I went to university with Nix over 10 years ago where I used to really fancy her, and this was the first time I’d seen her since. I promised to do a review afterwards but then never got round to it because I’m a lazy bastard.
Idiot Bastard Band
Ade Edmonson’s new “comedy” band. Very unfunny, sadly. My Penny Black Music review.
Old Blue Post
They put live music on every Sunday evening at The Old Blue Post pub in Soho. I went to this quite a bit with my friend, Carlotta. It always gets very busy and is a fun way to end the weekend and spend a Sunday night. She’s gone home to Sardinia now, so I won’t be going there anymore (it’ll make me sad).
And here’s a few I didn’t go to (but wanted to)
Rancid, Marilyn Manson with Rob Zombie, Leonard Cohen, Jack White, Alabama Shakes and the ATP Nightmare Before Xmas festival.