Top Tens


1. Boy King - Wild Beasts
2. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3. Hope Demolition Project - PJ Harvey
4. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
5. Bat For Lashes - The Bride
6. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
7. GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object
8. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
9. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Top track

Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Top Ten Albums

Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens is the only new album I've properly listened to that came out in 2016. Mostly in this year of shock, horror and dismay I've turned to comfortable favourites like Out of Time, Blue and Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits to guide me through. BUT, there is something positive on the horizon...I'm so looking forward to maybe finding new music from Bon Iver, Conor Oberst and Leonard Cohen in my Christmas stocking. So no top ten from me, but an anticipation of a better year ahead x

Top 2016 Gig

1) Christine and the Queens at Brixton Academy

Top Three 2016 Festival Appearances.

James @ On Blackheath (AMAZING)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Green Man
Slow Club @ Green Man

Best Film

I Daniel Blake

Best Book

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Best song

Tilted by Christine and the Queens

Best and worst musical moments

Worst, the death of Leonard Cohen
Best, everyone dancing and singing along to Songhoy Blues at Green Man


Top Ten Albums

1 Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve – The Soft Bounce
2 Nancy Kerr- Instar
3 Minor Victories – The Debut Album
4 Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Overnight
5 Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
6 Luh – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
7 Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
8 The Wedding Present – Going ,Going ...
9 Blair Dunlop – Gilded
10 Metallica – Hardwired ... to Self-destruct

Top Ten Gigs

1 Muse, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
2 PJ Harvey, The Eden Project
3 Brian Wilson, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
4 Savages, The Junction, Cambridge
5 Preservation Hall Brass Band, Preservation Hall, New Orleans
6 Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band, Glee Club, Nottingham
7 Wilco, Albert Hall, Manchester
8 Stick In The Wheel, Village Folk, Derby
9 Lake Street Dive, Scala, London
10 Lucinda Williams, The Plug, Sheffield
Individual performance worthy of mention – Dr Ruth Skipper of Moulettes rocking out with her bassoon, an instrument previously unknown to rock out with.

Top Ten Festival Appearances

1 Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Derby Cathedral, Derby Folk Festival
2 Peggy Seeger, Derby Folk Festival
3 The Human League, Splendour
4 Bat for Lashes, End of The Road
5 Goat, End of The Road
6 Broken Social Scene, End of The Road
7 Primal Scream , On Roundhay
8 Fairport Convention, Derby Folk Festival
9 Teenage Fan Club ,End of The Road
10 Whitney , End of The Road

Worst and Best Musical moments – (sadly) David Bowie dying and then hearing all the great music he made being played everywhere for the next week. The intro to 'All The Young Dudes' still brings a tear.

Annoying developing live music trend - People talking during shows. It easy folks, music is designed to be listened to, sung along with, danced to, or all three, not for being talked over. Talking whilst a musician is playing is disrespectful to the musicians and annoys other audience members who have paid to hear the musician, not you. Stop It Now.

Best Song – Riding The Low 'Heed'

Best Film
Hunt for The Wilderpeople

Alisdair Whyte


Our Top Ten albums of 2016 so far, in alphabetical order;

Big Thief - Masterpiece

David Bowie - BlackStar


Eagulls - Ullages

Eno - The Ship

Lera Lynn - Resistor

Moonface & Siinai - My Best Human Face


Margo Price - Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Whitney - Light Upon the Lake


How many will still be on the list come December?


1.  I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty

2.  Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit - Courtney Barnett

3.  Perpetual Motion People - Ezra Furman

4.  Have You In My Wilderness - Julia Holter

5.  Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

6.  B'lieve I'm Goin' Down - Kurt Vile

7.  On Your Own Love Again - Jessica Pratt

8.  Currents - Tame Impala

9.  Constant Bop - Bop English

10. Born Under Saturn - Django Django


Father John Misty - Village Underground, London

Sufjan Stevens - Royal Festival Hall, London

Public Service Broadcasting - Roundhouse, London

Super Furry Animals - Brixton, London

Jeff Lynne's ELO - Porchester Hall, London

Patti Smith - Roundhouse, London

Kurt Vile & The Violators, Anson Rooms, Bristol

Bob Dylan - Royal Albert Hall, London

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Islington Assembly Hall, London

Gruff Rhys - Ebbw Vale Institute

Festival performances

St Vincent, Green Man

Beck, British Summer Time

Father John Misty, Green Man

Future Islands, British Summer Time

Public Service Broadcasting, Green Man

Super Furry Animals, Green Man

Manic Street Preachers, On Blackheath

808 State, On Blackheath

Mew, Green Man

Meilyr Jones, Green Man