I have a confession to make. This year I had tickets to eight shows which I didn’t end up attending. In most cases I knew ahead of time I wasn’t going to be able to make it, so I gave the tickets away – mostly to friends, occasionally to strangers on the musiclovers@ emailing list at work.
For the others, on one occasion we missed the bus to the venue, another I got caught back at work, but for two specific gigs I just couldn’t be arsed. The idea of getting off the couch and getting myself to the venue was beyond my capabilities at the time so I stayed home and felt guilty about it. My goal this year is to not be quite so capricious with ticket buying because it’s wasteful, other people may have missed out seeing the show while I sat at home, and that’s money that could have been spent on something else.
What I did manage, however, was to see 22 shows and a fucking incredible festival in Houston, which brings the total number of bands I saw this year up to 30. Without further ado, my top 5’s for 2017:
ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
This was tough. Not because I had so many to choose between, but because I honestly didn’t listen to a lot of new albums this year. This is odd for me – please tell me it just wasn’t a great year for my kind of music, and not that I’m getting to that age where you stop listening to new music? I also think those daily mixes that Spotify serves up can keep me in an old music loop because they are just so good. Another resolution to add to the pile – listen to more new music.
- SZA – Control
- Kesha – Rainbow
- Spoon – Hot Thoughts
- Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
- Arcade Fire – Everything Now
SONGS OF THE YEAR
Well didn’t everything get poptastic in 2017?
- New Rules – Dua Lipa
- Passionfruit – Drake
- SW9 9SL – Four Tet
- Sorry, Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
- On Hold – The xx
GIGS OF THE YEAR
- FUTURE FUCKING ISLANDS (x2)
- Royal Blood
- Arcade Fire
Honorable Mentions: Run the Jewels, DJ Shadow, Jens Lekman, Backstreet Boys, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Flaming Lips, Cake, Maceo Parker, Lizzo.