2017 in Review

Tom Fogarty: 2017 in Review

Here’s my very short review of the year; it won’t feature anything topical such as current affairs or any noteworthy news items, it will just be about me and my year. And it will be short because I’ve done fuck all.

I started the year in Thailand, off the back of a 4-week Xmas holiday jaunt, which also included visits to Vietnam and Laos. Pretty good, you might think, but after returning that was pretty much it for 6 months. I didn’t even really venture out to the pub that often, which means I have no decent booze anecdotes or embarrassing tales to share. I did, however, get lots of new tattoos during this period (mainly due to all the money I saved by not going out on the piss). I also went to quite a few gigs, which I will list out in mundane detail later.

In July I went to a heavy metal/punk festival in Spain called Resurrection Fest – after a hiatus of festival-going of about 3 years – and managed to see the likes of Rammstein, Rancid and Mayhem, among many others!

Then the rest of the year followed the same pattern as the first half; with me retreating to my self-imposed house arrest again, seldom going out except to go to the odd gig or get more tattoos (which I actually did quite frequently, in fairness). I also went to see Madness at Clapham Common, playing alongside Slaves, David Rodigan and Del La Soul – which was jolly good fun! I also squeezed in some quirky pursuits including some taxidermy classes and going to a petting zoo where I held a tarantula, mini boa constrictor and a chameleon.

And then on 1st December I decided to quit my job after 5 years, 7 months of service, in order to seek new challenges next year, plus I’ll be going to Italy to spend New Year’s Eve and see out 2017 in Milan – so here’s to an exciting 2018!

Bands seen this in 2017:

Mayhem
ELO
Bastards (Resurrection Fest)
Noctem (Resurrection Fest)
Devil Wears Prada (Resurrection Fest)
Benighted (Resurrection Fest)
Airborne (Resurrection Fest)
Comeback Kid (Resurrection Fest)
Suicidal Tendencies (Resurrection Fest)
The Black Dahlia Murders (Resurrection Fest)
Anthrax (Resurrection Fest)
Holocausto Cannibal (Resurrection Fest)
Anima (Resurrection Fest)
Killus (Resurrection Fest)
Teething (Resurrection Fest)
Northlane (Resurrection Fest)
Legacy of Brutality (Resurrection Fest)
Annihilator (Resurrection Fest)
Wisdom in Chains (Resurrection Fest)
Architects (Resurrection Fest)
Truckfighters (Resurrection Fest)
Enter Shikari (Resurrection Fest)
Rammstein (Resurrection Fest)
Napalm Death (Resurrection Fest)
Morpheum (Resurrection Fest)
Mutant (Resurrection Fest)
Adhesive (Resurrection Fest)
D.Y.S (Resurrection Fest)
Arch Enemy (Resurrection Fest)
Conan (Resurrection Fest)
Lords of Black (Resurrection Fest)
Mastodon (Resurrection Fest)
Taake (Resurrection Fest)
Rancid (Resurrection Fest)
Mayhem (second time this year, Resurrection Fest)
Madness
David Rodigan
De La Soul
Slaves
Soul II Soul
Desmond Dekker’s Band – The Aces
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Marilyn Manson

Books read in 2017:

Insanity – Charles Bronson
London Under – Peter Ackroyd
Dead Men’s Teeth – Jamie Rhodes
Underworld London – Catherine Arnold
City of Sin and it’s Vices – Catherine Arnold
Bedlam: London and Its Mad – Catherine Arnold
Tom Fogarty: Autobiography of A Criminal – Thomas Sullivan
Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
From Hell – Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (graphic novel)
The History of The Devil – Paul Carus
V For Vendetta – Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Past Mortems – Carla Valentine
Ivan The Terrible – Henri Troyat

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