During 2011 I saw an awful lot of live sets. At a rough count, around about 125 (including supports and festivals) – and I saw a few bands more than once, in particular Front 242, who I saw four times in four different countries. Like the albums list, a few that might have made it in a normal year ended up being missed off this list. It was a good year for live gigs, and I only saw a few duds. So my quality filter is definitely improving… Read more “Countdown: 2011: Gigs”
There are times when I wonder exactly how and why the support bands are picked for a live show, and this was most certainly one of those. On occasions, an eclectic bill can work, surprise and enthrall a crowd, other times it just becomes a real frustration. We missed Global Citizen this time around (mainly as a result of me not getting home from Glasgow – from the previous nights 242 show – until 1830), as there was no way I was going to get there in time. If it had been the originally advertised Sheep On Drugs, I might have made more of an effort.
So for one final flourish this year, in a year where I have attended more gigs and seen more bands than I have done in a long, long time, I headed outside of the UK once again, this time for a weekend visit to Antwerp for the two-day, tenth-anniversary of BIMFest. Despite a grim and cold weekend (it was either pouring with rain, blowing a gale, snowing or at points all three) in what is otherwise a very pleasant city, the festival itself was well-run, well-set up, friendly and full of many good bands. And in something of a first, this was an industrial festival for me where I’d seen just two of the bands on the bill before – so there was lots to discover, new bands to enjoy and things to follow up afterward. Read more “Memory of a Festival: 014: BIMFest 2011”
During 2011 I bought an awful lot of albums. at least 75, in fact. And so many that some that might have made it in a normal year ended up being missed off this list. So there may well be a “what I overlooked” post at the end of the year, just to ensure that everything I wanted to mention at some point gets included somehow. Still, I’d rather have this problem than have too little to write about… Next week: Gigs of the year. Read more “Countdown: 2011: Albums”
It has been a while since I travelled this far for a gig in the UK. Let me explain: I love Front 242. And given the news that old friends of mine in Je$us Loves Amerika were announced as the support act for this Glasgow show, it was not a difficult decision to head north and see JLA in front of a hometown crowd, and 242 for the first of three times in the same week (in three different countries, making it four times in four countries in 2011!).
This is the eighth year that I’ve done a rundown of the music released in the past year – and every year I seem to end up with more material to cover. Read more “Countdown: 2011: Tracks”
Another trip to Autonomy, for my last DJ slot of the year. Read more “DJ: Guest: 060: Autonomy – 03-December 2011”