Below is my annual recollection of some music highlights of the year, for the good guys and gals at [sic] Magazine who introduce me to so much of it.
Although the twelve months of 2016 are likely to be remembered as much for who left us, as for what was left for us, (not to mention leave-ing) there were as always some great records, including Savages, Kiran Leonard, Ed Harcourt and Radiohead. Bowie‘s Blackstar – with the mystique surrounding the timing of its release – was a great record to start a year, and set the tone for tragedy-turn-triumph; the late Viola Beach were immortalised at Glastonbury, and also by achieving a number one album of their own (crucially, not a cash-in job), and there were countless events such as the ‘Glabstonbury’ all-day event I attended, which saw a host of bands and musicians generously coming together for a worthy cause. Here follow my ten highlights of the year. Continue reading →
For issue 254 of United We Stand, I caught up with Rob Cross, singer/guitarist with Orphan Boy, and former favourite at BUSK at The Garratt. He told me about the Orphans’ recent reformation, and their brilliant new album ‘Coastal Tones’, which i really do recommend. I bumped into the band in town after the United-Liverpool game in September, so arranged to do an interview with them for the next issue now that they were back out playing music again.
I also spoke to Rory Sakalas, a professional backline technician for the likes of Jack Savoretti, The Ting Tings, Echo and the Bunnymen, Courteeners and The XX. He told me about life behind the scenes setting up a stage, touring the world, and watching the football on the road.
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Part 2 of the interview with Rory was in issue 255, along with an interview held with Manhester band The Slow Readers Club, who have just finished their winter tour in the year they released their second album ‘Cavalcade’, another great album of 2015.