Getintothis guestlist selections Part One: staff writers and photographers on 2017

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Getintothis End of Year Picks

Getintothis End of Year Picks

Taking a look and listening back at 2017’s best bits, Getintothis scribes and snappers offer their opinions on the last 12 months and who they hope to see shine in 2018.

It’s arguable 2017 wasn’t quite as bad as predicted. We still have Trump and Brexit screwing our lives to contend with, but there doesn’t seem to have been quite the procession of celebrity deaths that sealed the end of 2016.

David Attenborough is still with us in a quite breathtaking fashion in the form of Blue Planet II. Keith ChegwinJohn Noakes, Tom Petty and Roger Moore are possible exceptions depending on your vintage. So, too Chester Bennington of Linkin Park whose suicide gave us a heartfelt piece by Jenni Kickhefer of She Drew The Gun soon after his death was announced.

These things remind us of how fragile we are. How a little, fickle thing can change our day, our week, our life. For good or for worse. So inevitably, perhaps, it’s easy simply to write off the year as a series of disasters, but in this case we want to look back to the good stuff.

And for anyone living in or about Liverpool there was loads of it.

Personal highlights included the quite magnificent Wrong Festival put on by Getintothis’ own Micheal Edward, finishing off a sensual assault of a day with a blistering set by Bo Ningen. No-one who was there will forget that one. So, it was a happy day when the news was announced Micheal is planning a return match next year. This really is one not to be missed.

Africa Oye seems to get better and better every year and 2017’s 25th anniversary was a vintage to be savoured. The weather helped, of course, but the line up was a cracker as well, with all but headliner Max Romeo being repeat visitors.

This year the park drew record numbers and it’s a reminder, along with others, such as LIMF, that Liverpool knows how to do big events. There is something about the vibe at Oye that keeps drawing us back – it’s always a feel good weekend.

Psych Fest is the other stand out from where we’re looking. Here, too is a festival that is as much of a voyage of discovery as anything else. The bands on the bill may not be household names to most, but people will travel long distances for this weekend, such is the quality on offer.

It is an event that truly deserves the description “International” both in terms of the bands booked to play and the varied languages we heard around the site over the weekend.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs frontman Matt Baty’s topless microphone swallowing antics in District will be seared in the memories of those who were lucky enough to get in there before the one out / one in policy kicked in. Once seen, it cannot be unseen and that’s fine.

The range and quality of Liverpool’s various music festivals was recognised in October by a series of nominations in the UK Festivals Awards with Creamfields, LIMF, Positive Vibration, Oye, Liverpool Music Week, Threshold and Sound City all getting a nod to their standing.

These are good things and Liverpool should recognise what it’s got, especially when there is a concern some promoters and bands are thought to bypass Liverpool in favour of Manchester. Venues such as the Arts Club, Leaf, The Magnet, The Philharmonic, Invisible Wind Factory, Buyers Club, The O2 have all staged wicked gigs this year. Plus, 2017 in Liverpool saw gigs from John Cale, Bob Dylan, Chic, Robert Plant, Mac De Marco to name but a few. That’s not too shabby. And then there was the recent news that Liverpool Music Week was crowned Line-Up of the Year at the UK Festival Awards. So there is cheer to be had.

The Getintothis archives are a treasure trove of boss nights out had by our team of reviewers and photographers and if you’d like to be involved, then just give us a shout – we’re always looking for people to add to the team.

For sure, there’s a shitstorm going on around us and it always seems to be getting worse. The appalling response to the Grenfell Tower fire being a master class in how to get things wrong by everyone concerned save the residents who still have no clue where they will end up. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Treaty. The shocking response to the storms in Puerto Rico, again by the same administration. The Manchester terror attack. We could go on.

The bare faced lying from those in power who are elected to represent our interests, but who have little else but their own self interested political agendas to pursue without a care to where that leads. There is a temptation to look at all of this from a glass half (if that) empty point of view.

But there was a glorious sting in the tail. After Trump’s patently ridiculous tweet about not being chosen as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year because he didn’t have the time to do an interview or some such bollocks, Time pulled a blinder and named The Silence Breakers as Person(s) of the Year.

A massive piece published earlier this month went into great detail as to the reasons for the choice and, perhaps, more importantly, why the authors perceive a shift for the better. Kudos to Time for that – we salute you. It was a huge gesture. It may be seen as a brave one. But it was necessary. Peter Goodbody

Cabbage

Cabbage

Lewis Ridley

Top 5 Albums of 2017:

The CharlatansDifferent Days
The NationalSleep Well Beast
The Cribs24/7 Rock Star Shit
Liam GallagherAs You Were
TrampoleneFrom Swansea To Hornsey

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Liam Gallagher I’ve All I Need
Trampolene Imagine Something Yesterday
CabbageA Network Betrayal

Event of 2017

Lewis says: “Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – July. The second time I’ve been to Beni now and it’s just brilliant, the atmosphere on the Costa Azahar ahead of and during six nights of parties and live music is incomparable. Sets from Biffy Clyro, Liam Gallagher, The View and Kasabian standout as well as seeing my beloved Courteeners for the first time abroad. Amazing week.”

Music Tip for 2018

Lewis says: “There are so many, but a band that really hit the spot were Himalayas in a support slot at The Zanzibar Club in September. Their track ‘Thank God I’m Not You’ was BBC Introducing’s track of the week in November, the Cardiff band are really making waves.

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends

Amy Farnworth

Top 5 albums of 2017:

Liam GallagherAs You Were
KhalidAmerican Teen
Courtney Barnett and Kurt VileLotta Sea Lice
London GrammarTruth is a Beautiful Thing
Nick MurphyMissing Link

Top 3 tracks of 2017:

London Grammar – Big Picture
StarleyCall on Me
Camp Cope The Opener

Event of 2017:

Amy says: “Having spent most of 2017 living in Australia, and travelling South East Asia and Indonesia – in an attempt to ‘find myself’ – I have to say that the Ubud Village Jazz festival was my event highlight of 2017.

After completely losing myself in a clichéd yoga-haze throughout Laos, Cambodia and Bali, I decided to try and get a grip back on reality, and attended the annual two day festival on a whim, on my own, and ended up meeting some pretty cool cats and broadening my musical horizons. Sharing a sizeable bottle of Vodka with Grammy nominated pianist, Gerald Clayton, under a warm and endearing Ubud sky was pretty decent too. Ah…the jazz-infused memories.

Music Tip for 2018:

Amy says: “Marsicans and Fickle Friends will probably pull it out of the bag for pop-indie domination with their happy-go-lucky vibes. But on top of that I predict the whole gig ticket buying process will self combust – prices will drop to 1994 lows; Emily Eavis will announce that tickets for Glastonbury 2019 will be super-easy to get our hands on, meaning no website crashes or waiting on a ‘holding page’; and money-scalping touts will mysteriously disappear into a hellish abyss along with the Kardashians and the bad eyebrow craze.
We can only live in hope…

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

Will Neville

Top 5 albums of 2017:

The Mountain Goats – Goths
Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim
The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
Fake Laugh – Fake Laugh
The Feelies – In Between

Top 3 tracks of 2017:

Willie Nelson – Still Not Dead
Nathan Hall & The Sinister Locals – Everybody’s Burning Effigies
Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

Gig of 2017

Will says: “Billy Bragg at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – a perfect mix of rabble-rousing politics and heartfelt yearning love songs.

Event of 2017

Will says: “Seeing The Human League perform an awesome version of their classic 1978 debut single Being Boiled in the dustbowl of Clarence Dock.

Music tip for 2018

Will says: “London-based Italians Husky Loops whose eclectic pot pourri of influences seem to include Joe Meek, Devo, Stax, Robert Fripp and Nirvana.

The Charlatans performing a secret gig in Manchester

The Charlatans

Del Pike

Top 5 Albums of 2017:
The CharlatansDifferent Days
Michael HeadAdios Senor Pussycat
The FallNew Facts Emerge
Billy BraggBridges Not Walls
Jesus and Mary ChainDamage and Joy
Top 3 Tracks of 2017:
MorrisseySpent the day in bed
The FallNine out of Ten
Sleaford ModsBHS
Event of 2017
Del says: “Sound City – Despite a retina destroying dustbowl setting, moments such as Tim Burgess’s intimate acoustic set, John Cale’s words of inspired wisdom, Peaches killer performance and a sun drenched evening with The Human League won me over in the end.
Music Tip for 2018
Del says: “RongoRongo – It has to be their year surely.

Mark Lanegan Band

Mark Lanegan Band

Tom Adam

Top 5 Albums of 2017:
Afghan WhigsIn spades
Mark LaneganGargoyle
Queens of the Stone Age – Villains
The NationalSleep well beast
Bully  Losing
Top 3 Tracks of 2017:
Queens of the Stone Age – Feet Don’t Fail Me
Conor Oberst – A Little Uncanny
Benjamin BookerBelieve

Event of 2017

Tom says: “Off Festival – Great mid-size, alternative music festival with good food, drinks and great music, in 2017 performed bands like PJ HarveyIdlesShameSwansSheer Mag, BeakUlrika Spacek, great vibe where mixture of young people and middle age families with kids all having great time together.

Music Tip for 2018

Tom says: “I think bands and artists like Idles, False Advertising, Jorja Smith, Tom Grennan, Pale Waves, Shame, Singrid, Sam Fender and Dream Wife  going to make significant progress in 2018.” 

Greg Wilson LIMF 2016

Greg Wilson LIMF 2016

Banjo

Top 5 Albums of 2017:

Mark Eitzel – Hey Mr. Ferryman
Mark Eitzel returns to form with an album that is the equal of anything he has done so far in his extraordinary career.  If you only hear one album this year, it should be this.

Paul Draper – Spooky Action
Back in action with his solo debut album, the ex-Mansun singer has produced an album that intrigues and excites in equal measure.  As inventive and catchy as ever.”

Fred V & Grafix – Cinematic Party Music
“The titans of Stadium Drum ‘n’ Bass return with an album full of pop hooks and skittering rhythms.  Somewhere in an alternative universe, Fred V & Grafix are the world’s most popular band.

Irresistible Force – Kira Kira
Anyone who has followed ambient music since the acid house years will have at least one Irresistible Force album in their collection.  After all these years their music is as good as ever.  Like slipping into a warm bath after a night out.

Greg Wilson – JAMMS Graduation Ball mix
Not really an album, but this is my most played piece of music in recent months. Remixes and mash ups mean things are not as they seem in Greg Wilson’s world, but a more eclectic and enjoyable mix would be impossible to find.”

Top 3 Tracks of 2017:

Mark Eitzel – An Answer
Paul Draper – Don’t Poke the Bear
Ride – Weather Diaries

Event of 2017

Banjo says: “My 10th Glastonbury, for many reasons.  Its scale and stature make it the best festival in the world, and it’s something the country should be proud of.  No less than a national treasure.  Add in some excellent company, a cider bus, Radiohead, The Orb and John Digweed and, really, how could life be better than it is at Glastonbury?

Music Tip for 2018

Banjo says: “OVVLS.  Surely their time will come in 2018!  Already sounding like stars and making simply incredible music, the world needs to wake up to OVVLS

Also, it will be interesting to see how people try to fill the void left by Glastonbury’s absence in 2018 – expect a flurry of boutique festivals springing up and perhaps only lasting for one year.

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore

Matthew Wood

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Toro Y MoiBoo Boo
The HorrorsV
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana
Thurston MooreRock N Roll Consciousness
Four TetNew Energy

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Tyler, the creator – 911/ Mr. Lonely (feat. Frank Ocean and Steve Lacey)
Japanese Breakfast – Road Head
Another WeekendAriel Pink

Event of 2017

Matthew says: “Chic with Nile Rodgers, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury. A class act that came at just the right time, the Sunday of Glastonbury is always a weird and hazy experience and you rely on the music to save you from settling into an indefinite hibernation as your body recounts all that you’ve put it through in the previous days.
Chic with Nile Rodgers are a bona fide cure for any extent of hangover and their wealth of perfect, number 1 hits make this a Glastonbury highlight that will undoubtedly be remembered for decades to come. They invigorate the crowd with their performance getting even the most weary of legs moving, while touching hearts with Rodgers‘ recount of his successful battle with cancer. A rocking rendition of Let’s Dance shines amid a set of priceless pearls and it’s everything we need to sign off the greatest festival on the planet.

Music Tip for 2018

Matthew says: “Cult Party – Stoke-On-Trent born, Manchester-dwelling creative Leo Robinson has been churning out acoustic alt-folk tunes since he discovered Daniel Johnston and Phil Elverum in his youth.
Since then he’s been part of multiple productions, his music delving into themes of naturalism, transcendentalism and philosophical musings on the human self and its relation with the earth.”

Spoon

Spoon

Peter Goodbody
Top 5 Albums of 2017:
All We AreSunny Hills
ChildhoodUniversal High
Sheer MagNeed to Feel Your Love
Clean Cut Kid – Felt
Spoon Hot Thoughts
Top 3 Tracks of 2017:
SpoonCan I Sit Next To You
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs PigsPsychopomp
SPQRSuffer
Event of 2017
Peter says: “Rebellion at Blackpool. I’d heard good things about this festival, but never been before. It was a revelation – punk bands old and new all gathered into the Winter Gardens for three days of a superbly well run event. A real voyage of discovery as well as few old faves. Headlined by The Skids who are still as angry, powerful and effective as ever as well as a blinding gig by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes.
Music Tip for 2018
Peter says: “It’d be nice to see Anteros getting somewhere – their Blondie style punky pop is infectious and delivered with class. I’d also recommend anyone who hasn’t seen Dream Wife to remedy that defect – a band surely worthy of greater recognition.

Samurai Kip - Deep Cuts 11

Samurai Kip

Mark Rowley

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Black AngelsDeath Song
OMNIMulti-task
The Cribs24 7 Rock Star Shit
The MoonlandingzInterplanetry Class Classics
Future IslandsThe Far Field

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Samurai KipOde To Moonlight
GardenbackSleepless
Pale RiderI Run On Rain

(Also, any one of a number of Cabbage tunes, such as Necroflat In The Palace, Dissonance, Terrorist Synthesizer, Fraudulant Artist, Ertrinken, …)

Event of 2017

Mark says: “Confessional Festival, Blackurn (ft Cabbage, She Drew The Gun). Amazing gig in a church with a gathering of 500 people. (I was very lucky to be invited to write a review, as it sold out over 4 months in advance).

Also (in no particular order), Green Man Festival (ft. Badbadnotgood, Future Islands, Sleaford Mods); Liverpool Psych Fest (ft. The Black Angels, Songhoy Blues); Manchester Neighbourhood Festival (ft. Peace, XamVolo); The Cribs’ ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’ 10th Anniversary Tour (at Manchester Academy and Sound City); Capeesh KOTJ #1 (ft. SPILT, Gardenback, Samurai Kip, Wife at 81 Renshaw); EVAC Club.The.Mammoth (ft. The Fall, Cabbage, Kagoule); Strange Waves II (ft. Parquet Courts, OMNI, Nap Eyes)”

Music Tip for 2018

Mark says: “XamVolo, The Vryll Society, Samurai Kip

Hannah Peel

Hannah Peel

Rick Leach

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Hannah PeelJourney to Cassiopeia
Sarah Davachi All My Circles Run
The NationalSleep Well Beast
Ex Eye Ex Eye
Tchiakovsky – Symph 3,4,6 Petrenko/RLPO

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Mogwai Party in the Dark
The National Turtleneck
Clark Butterfly Prowler

Event of 2017

Rick says: “The fact it seems we’ve managed to get through 2017 with “President” Trump in the White House is an event in itself.”

Music Tip for 2018

Rick says: “Bruce Springsteen to finally play Liverpool.”

Charles Howl (Photo credit: Bex Day)

Charles Howl

Cath Bore

Top 5 Albums of 2017:

Charles HowlMy Idol Family

Danny Nellis/Charles Howl writes lyrics with scalpel, they’re so sharp and cutting, but shows a genuine vulnerability as well. With this record he’s left behind the psych carry-on from his first album and EP, and shows himself to be a very special songwriter.

Spinning CoinPermo

Glasgow indie pop and I loves it. So full of colour, and is chockful of terrific tunes.

Girl RayEarl Grey

Dark cynical lyrics cleverly concealed by pretty, pretty melodies and amazing harmonies.

Meilyr JonesMimesis

The recording of a concert and celebration of the album 2013 in a church chapel in London in May 2016, with a choir and orchestra. I won’t go on about it, as once I start I won’t be able to stop.

Siobhan WilsonThere Are No Saints

Classically trained Scottish singer songwriter pulls from her time living in France to produce this stunner of a record.

Top 3 Tracks of 2017:

Euros ChildsHappy Coma

Song about a man who prefers a quiet life swaddled in a long and delicious sleep, to the monotony of the real, and the everyday. We’ve all been there, Euros.

Charles HowlAmerican Boy

Saw him/them do this in November, with a string quartet. It took on a strange, Jacques Brel-esque quality and tone, and both floored and charmed me. A beautiful shock.

ColoramaIt’s Not You/In Your Memory

Can’t decide which one of these heartbreakers I like the best; it changes daily. I’ll leave them to fight it out between themselves.

Event of 2017

Cath says: “No festival today

Music Tip for 2018

Cath says: “Boy Azooga – signed to Heavenly, and I’m hardly sticking my neck out tipping these. Dead made up to stumble across them by accident when they supported Estrons at Buyers Club in Sept. Also, Bill Nickson (although I suspect his success will come in 2019, to be fair), and I have to add Rory Wynne’s new project because he’s so very, very good“.

CHIC and Nile Rodgers

CHIC and Nile Rodgers

Craig MacDonald

Top 5 Albums of 2017

SamphaProcess
Vince StaplesBig Fish Theory
BedouineBedouine
Eyre LlewAtelo
Wolf AliceVisions of a life

Top 3 tracks of 2017

Arcade FireEverything Now
LCD SoundsystemCall the police
Young FathersOnly God Knows

Gig of the year

Craig says: “Nile Rodgers and Chic – Liverpool Music Week – seeing people from as young as 10 to as old as 80 all dancing, singing, enjoying life together thanks to the incredible power of Nile Rodgers and Chic. To top it off the Echo Arena actually sounded good for once!”

Event of 2017

Craig says: “Bar marrying my beautiful wife, I’d have to say the Manchester Arena attacks. It shocked us all.”

Music Tips for 2018

Craig says: “Lee O’Hanlon to be knighted for his services to music? No?

In all seriousness King Hannah, Sub Blue and Queen Zee and The Sasstones for me will be the acts to watch out for in 2018 if you aren’t already.”

Sundara Karma

Sundara Karma

Sarah Pitman

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Nothing But ThievesBroken Machine
Alt JRelaxer
Rag ‘n’ Bone ManHuman
Sundara KarmaYouth is only ever fun in retrospect
London GrammarTruth is a beautiful thing

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Jo MaryWife Song
The WombatsLemon to a knife fight
She Drew the GunSweet Harmony

Event of 2017

Sarah says: “Mad Cool Festival 2017, Madrid, Spain
When you go abroad for a festival you expect some sun, this wasn’t the case this summer in Madrid as it rained and thundered for 3 day straight. This however didn’t dampen the atmosphere of this urban festival. With headliners Foo Fighters, Green Day and Kings of Leon the festival was a sell out and drew crowds from all over the world (I even bumped into 5 other scousers).

Music tip for 2018

Sarah says: “My music tip has to be Wildfires. Having only been a band for under a year they have already taken the city by storm. From playing Getintothis’ Deep Cuts and EBGBS for Liverpool Music Week, expect great things from this band in 2018.”

Kelly Lee Owens (credits: artists' Facebook)

Kelly Lee Owens

Amaan Khan

Top 5 albums of 2017:

Kelly Lee OwensKelly Lee Owens
As much as she hates categorisation and genre-labelling, I will say this: If you like trip-hop, listen to this. If you don’t like trip-hop or techno, then specially listen to this! Full of details and flow, this will reel you in. It did me.”

Angelo De Augustine – Swim Inside the Moon
“Recorded in a bathroom with just guitar vocals and lo-fi quality. This is some dreamy drugged intimacy.”

This Is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze
“I don’t need to say this. This girl is going places.”

Sampha – Process
“Well deserved mercury prize victory there. The production value on this is superb.”

Gorillaz – Humanz
Now I am on tricky waters. Is this an album? Damon Albarn seems to have made a playlist of random works of a random style and assortment. So it seemed. But this is a grower and it wasn’t going to be nowhere near this list until I saw the band and its guests live. The dimensions just changed and here it is. An album on this spot just for how amazingly long it continues to take to grow on me – I am enjoying being patient with it”

Top 3 tracks of 2017:

Daniel Caesar – Get You
“Re-released with the album this year. Otherwise had a prior release in 2016. Babies will be made to this tune!”
Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Kelly Lee Owens – S.O.

Event of 2017:

Amaan says: “Marconi Union at Capstone Theatre – Now this was nowhere near the greatest gig of the year – that’s contested between Gorillaz at MEN or Thundercat at IWF – but something happened on seeing them live and their First Light is now my most played track of the year on Spotify and a whole new world of electronic music opened.”

Tip for 2018:
Amaan says: “As musicians and music will become more politically charged, Kelly Lee Owens will become a prominent headlining force, Sky Valley Mistress MUST rise to national attention. Oh, and Manchester Collective – keep your eye out, they are a precursor to a scene not yet arrived.”

The Sherlocks

The Sherlocks

Amos Wynne

Top 5 albums of 2017

Liam GallagherAs You Were
KasabianFor Crying Out Loud
The SherlocksLive For The Moment
Shed SevenInstant Pleasures
Noel GallagherWho Built The Moon

Top 3 tracks of 2017

Liam GallagherFor What it’s Worth
KasabianYou’re in love with a psycho
Noel GallagherIt’s a Beautiful World

Event of 2017

Amos says: “The Courteeners, Old Trafford

Top tip for 2018

Amos says: “The Sherlocks

Blaenavon

Blaenavon

Lucia Matusikova

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Bad Karma BoyPrekrásny Nový Svet
A-HaSummer Solstice: MTV Unplugged
BlaenavonThat’s Your Lot
Depeche ModeSpirit
The HorrorsV

Top 3 Tracks of 2017:

Ivan & the ParazolSerial Killer
JudasSome People
KasabianIII Ray (The King)

Event of 2017

Lucia says: “The Rolling Stones at Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria.  It’s the fucking Rolling Stones!

Music Tip for 2018

Lucia says: “Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Patti Smith are playing in London and Dublin together. Definitely, gonna be one of the best events of 2018.”

Shame

Shame

Lucy McLachlan

Top 5 Albums of 2017

Black AngelsDeath Song
Cherry GlazerrApocalipstick
LA WitchLA Witch
Black LipsSatan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art
MetzStrange Peace

Top 3 Tracks of 2017

Black AngelsI’d Kill For Her / Half Believing – I cant decide, the whole album is magical.
Warbly JetsThe Lowdown – My soundtrack to the last half of this year and a thank you nod for letting me crash their UK tour.
The JjohnsLucy – a ridiculously catchy song and obviously the name has nothing to do with why I picked it…

Event of 2017

Lucy says: “Liverpool Psych Fest – the only place to watch bands I’ve never had the opportunity to see in Liverpool. Highlights being Cosmonauts, LA Witch, Elephant Stone, Guantanamo Baywatch, Black Angels; and the most challenging and exhilarating band to photograph – A Place To Bury Strangers was a rollercoaster ride to shoot, I had a smile on my face the entire time!”

Music Tip for 2018

Lucy says: “Shame have been a big discovery for me this year, I love their live shows so much. I can’t wait for the debut album to come out in January, hope it lives up to the raw energy that comes with the gigs!”

Sleaford Mods at The Kazimier

Sleaford Mods at The Kazimier

Simon Kirk

Top 5 albums of 2017

ProtomartyrRelatives in Descent
Sleaford ModsEnglish Tapas
PriestsNothing Feels Natural
The War On DrugsA Deeper Understanding
King WomanCreated in the Image of Suffering

Top 3 Songs of 2017

ProtomartyrWindsor Hum
PriestsNothing Feels Natural
The War On DrugsThe Strangest Thing

Event of the Year

Simon says: “A tie between Glastonbury and Liverpool Psych Fest.”

Tip for 2018:

Simon says: “Stay frosty.”

Pale Rider at District

Pale Rider at District

Jamie Bowman

Top 5 Albums of 2017:

RideWeather Diaries
Richard DawsonPeasant
The War on DrugsA Deeper Understanding
Michael Head and Red Elastic BandAdiós Señor Pussycat
Howie PayneMountain

Top 3 Tracks of 2017:

Noel GallagherHoly Mountain
RideCharm Assault
MorrisseySpent the Day in Bed

Event of 2017

Jamie says: “Liverpool Psych Fest – continues to set the bar for a brilliantly run festival both in terms of line up, atmosphere and setting. Compare to the shitstorm of Hope and Glory to realise how lucky we are to have it. A big shout out to the Captain Beefheart weekend at the Bluecoat too – a brilliantly odd day of talks, poetry, art and low lunar notes.”

Music Tip for 2018

Jamie says: “Pale Rider – Liverpool’s latest pysch rock masters. Superb live and they just get better and better each time I see them.I was also mightily impressed with King Hannah – beautiful, mournful psych blues in the style of Mazzy Star. Please record something NOW. ”

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