Countdown: 2011: Gigs

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”

Into the Pit: 117: Front 242 – Live at KOKO – 11-December 2011

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.

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Memory of a Festival: 014: BIMFest 2011

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”

Countdown: 2011: Albums

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”

Into the Pit: 116: Front 242 – Live in Glasgow – 10-December 2011

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!).

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Countdown: 2011: Tracks

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”