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My ranking for 2015 gigs, essentially the top 9 were all superb in their own way, whereas the last two were memorable for all the wrong reasons.

  1. Royal Blood Koko - A short but absolutely stunning set filling the tiny Koko with a massive stadium set.
  2. FFS Troxy - FFS + the best of Franz + the best of Sparks, three great bands in one
  3. Damned - Islington O2 Academy - Pretty much the Damned greatest hits all topped off with an a cappella Happy Talk from The Captain
  4. Julian Cope - Village Underground - Just Julian and a guitar, some great new songs, great stories and he even played Treason! 
  5. Suede - Roundhouse - Two gigs in one.  Played new album behind screen in first half before returning with a storming hits and rarities set.
  6. The Who - O2 - Fortunately got a seat in the front block of the O2 so I could see the wrinkles.  Wonderful set with Baba O'Reilly and Won't Get Fooled Again topping it all off.
  7. Boomtown Rats Olympia - The Rats doing what they do best, but surely it is time to vary the set.
  8. Royal Blood - Brixton - The big headline gig lapped up by an enthusiastic audience.
  9. U2 - O2 - Brilliant show, if bands have to play arenas, this is the way to do it.
  10. Charlatans - Brooklyn Bowl - An OK gig, but somewhat surreal as it was in a bowling alley
  11. The Who/Paul Weller/Johnny Marr/Kaiser Chiefs/Gaz Coombes - Hyde Park - May have been good had I not been half a mile from the stage thanks to a sodding Golden Circle.  I'd have been better off just waiting for the DVD.
  12. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Royal Albert Hall - An audience as horrible as The Libertines last year. Heard fcuk all with people shouting in my ear and turning to sing at me.  Saw fcuk all with all the iPhones with one tosser taking the biscuit facetimeing his mate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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My only variation from a handful of BG solo and Rats gigs/festival sets was U2.

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Saw Tom Robinson a fair few times this year in various guises, his full band album launch show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was probably my gig of the year, followed closely behind by the Rats and Goldblade at Rebellion. Both the Blockheads and the Damned this past weekend well up there, and The Ruts at the Jazz Cafe surprised me with how good they were.
PiL and the Mountain Goats both cases of good music but dull London crowds, unfortunately.

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Tango wrote:

... dull London crowds, unfortunately.


 Bl00dy hell!  You are as bad as Geldof.   IMHO it's the day trippers from out of town that ruin it with their rucksacks, deck chairs and thermos flasks!  They are easy to spot with the knotted hankys.  



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There was a woman at The Mountain Goats carrying a massive camping rucksack and two Harrods bags get a grip. Come to think of it, both of them were are Shepherd's Bush Empire, nice venue but maybe it attracts them!

That and the hacks and bloggers, they're my faves!



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I'll be the first to say that I should get out more (esp to gigs) so here's to 2016.

I enjoyed the Rats at the Opera House Cork more than the Dublin gig so that was gig of the year.

Also saw Rats Olympia Dublin and Bristol  in the summer.



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Tango wrote:

both of them were are Shepherd's Bush Empire

 Ah, west London, there's the problem.   I go no further west than Camden if I can help it, but my two crap gigs this year were also in the west (Albert Hall & Hyde Park).  All the rest were north (Hackney/Islington/Camden) , east (Tower Hamlets) or south (Lambeth/Greenwich).

Bit concerned now about The Damned at The Albert Hall next summer.  Elvis Costello at the Palladium should be OK.



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Even in London, the North wins out ;)

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Tango wrote:

Even in London, the North wins out ;)


 Yep, the red part certainly does, but don't go up the Seven Sisters Road towards the North Circular Road, for danger lurks there...

Last night I had a little altercation 
They wobbled menacingly 
Beneath the yellow street light it became a situation 
Well, they wanted my brand-new phone with all the pictures of the kids and the wife 
A struggle ensued and then fat children took my life
Well, some passers-by took me to the station 
The police force was elsewhere - 
putting bullets in some guy's head for no particular reason 
So I died in the back of the cab 
but I'll be back to haunt them 
This thing does not end here: 
My spirit walks the streets of Tottenham 



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ArrGee wrote:
Tango wrote:

Even in London, the North wins out ;)


 Yep, the red part certainly does, but don't go up the Seven Sisters Road towards the North Circular Road, for danger lurks there...

Last night I had a little altercation 
They wobbled menacingly 
Beneath the yellow street light it became a situation 
Well, they wanted my brand-new phone with all the pictures of the kids and the wife 
A struggle ensued and then fat children took my life
Well, some passers-by took me to the station 
The police force was elsewhere - 
putting bullets in some guy's head for no particular reason 
So I died in the back of the cab 
but I'll be back to haunt them 
This thing does not end here: 
My spirit walks the streets of Tottenham 


 There's even the possibility of a certain football team from N London winning the Premiership this year. It's either them or Man City. Can't see any other contenders.



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There's even the possibility of a certain football team from N London winning the Premiership this year. It's either them or Man City. Can't see any other contenders.


No?  Not even plucky little Arsenal ?

Unless The Gunners pop their balloon on Sunday, no one is gonna catch Leicester.  If they win at the weekend, they could be seven clear of the field with 12 to go.  Foinavon at 100/1, pah!  The Foxes were 5000/1 ante post. They would be the bigger outsider ever to win anything.   

Arsenal are more like Devon Loch  



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