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10 Favourite Gigs of 2012

December 28th, 2012 | 3 Comments | Categories: Musing on Music |

So I started putting together a list of all the gigs I’d been to this year, from which to compile a best-of list. But in doing so realised that, aside from the few music things I saw at Greenbelt this year (Bruce Cockburn was my highlight) I only went to 12 gigs this year!

Thankfully, these were all excellent – if I had to pick any as highlights from the list, I’d have to say that the Rosanne Cash gig at the Union Chapel ranks in my favourite gigs ever list – just her and John Leventhal, two guitars and an incredible set of songs. An outstanding performance.

The other one that impacted me the most was Triptykon – I didn’t even know who they were when I went to the gig, but not only was their set one of the most visceral musical experiences I’ve ever had, they inspired the formation of Torycore – definitely another of my musical highlights from this year, though one with me playing so it doesn’t make this list :)

Here’s the full list –

  • Gretchen Peters in Leamington Spa – March 18th
  • Cannibal Corpse/Triptykon in Birmingham – March 11th
  • Rosanne Cash at the Union Chapel – March 30th
  • Phronesis at MAC, Birmingham – May 15th
  • Waterboys at Birmingham Symphony Hall – May 22nd
  • Jill Jackson in Birmingham – May 24th
  • Stick Men at Birmingham O2 Academy – June 4th
  • 4 Sided Triangle at The Jam House, Birmingham – July 17th
  • Nik Kershaw at the Birmingham 02 Academy – Sept 22nd
  • Iona at The Robin 2 in Bilston – Oct 7th
  • Martyn Joseph at The Hare And Hounds – Oct 28th
  • Supersilent at Birmingham Town Hall – November 14th

What were your favourite gigs you went to this year?

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  • Steve Clark

    Not been to very many gigs this year, but was great to finally see Matt Stevens play a support slot in Hitchin (September) and the Frost* & It Bites double header at the Scala a couple of weeks back

  • Ben Poole

    Oh that’s very easy for me: Nik Kershaw on September 28th at Shepherd’s Bush—on top form, and did three splendid sets—then Steven Wilson with his wonderful band in May at the same venue (saw him in October 2011 there too: just superb).

  • Henry

    Providing festival appearances count….
    Dub FX and Flower Fairy
    Shapeshifter (of the live NZ D&B variety)
    Blick Bassy
    (All at WOMAD)
    Roberto Fonseca at Ronnie Scotts