Thursday 29 December 2016

Best of the Year

Here are the most memorable gigs I have seen over the course of the last 12 months.

It was a busy year. Some old favourites returned alongside some faces from the past I never thought I would ever see. Elsewhere, new musical adventures opened up. There was also an emotional farewell gig by Bridie Jackson and The Arbour and the final gig of 2016 - a great Quo rock-out to end the year in style.

Patty Griffin, The Sage (Gateshead), 15.1.2016
ELO, Metro Radio Arena (Newcastle), 14.4.2016
The Dixie Chicks, Manchester Arena, 30.4.2016
Bonnie Raitt, The Sage (Gateshead), 27.5.2016
PiL, Indigo 02 (London), 4.6.2016
Frazey Ford, Barbican (London), 5.6.2016
Cyndi Lauper, Newcastle City Hall, 25.6.2016
Jah Wobble and The Invaders of the Heart, Rich Mix, Bethnal Green, 14.7.2016
Imelda May, The Sage (Gateshead), 23.7.2016
Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, The Cluny (Newcastle), 3.9.2016
Songs of Separation, King's Place (London), 9.9.2016
Patty Griffin, Cadogan Hall (London), 10.9.2016
Roy Wood, Billingham Forum, 8.10.2016
Heaven 17, The Sage (Gateshead), 24.10.2016
ABC, Sheffield City Hall, 29.10.2016
Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Whitby Pavilion, 20.11.2016
Human League, Newcastle City Hall, 4.12.2016
Status Quo, Manchester Arena, 19.12.2016
What will 2017 have in store for me...?

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