One of our main correspondents of the year Keith, who suffered a broken rib whilst out in the field gig reporting, has come up with his musical highlights;

Top Ten Albums 

 1. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

 2. Bruce Springteen - High Hopes

 3. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

 4. Wooden Arms – Tide

 5. Rival Sons - Great Western Valkyrie

 6. My Sad Captains - Best of Times

 7. Real Estate – Atlas

 8. Honeyblood – Honeyblood

 9. The Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams

10. Meatbodies - Meatbodies

Song of the year

The Ghost of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen (High Hopes version)

Gigs of the year

1. The Blue Aeroplanes - Madrid
2. Swans - Cockpit, Leeds
3. Crippled Black Phoenix - Manchester Academy
4. Anathema - Manchester Academy
5. Real Estate/Alvvays – Brudenell,  Leeds
6. Mutual Benefit/My Sad Captains – Brudenell, Leeds
7. The Delines - Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
8. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart/Fear of Men - Ruby Lounge, Manchester
9. Wye Oak – Brudenell, Leeds
10. Band of Skulls - Ritz, Manchester

Festival Appearances of the year

1. Johnny Marr - Deershed
2. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Deershed
3. Toy - Deershed
4. The Wytches – End of the Road (EOTR)
5. Gruff Rhys - EOTR
6. Horse Thief - EOTR
7. Jenny Lewis - EOTR
8. Slow Club - Deershed
9. Miles Hunt - Deershed
10. Fairport Convention - Acoustic Festival of Great Britain