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Thursday 29 December 2011

Favourite Gigs Of 2011

This is the second part of my review of the year, my favourite ten gigs of the past year.

Not one of my most prolific years for gigs. Clearly I didn't get out as much this year as I should have done. When I did get to see bands it seemed to have quite a retro tinge to it with three anniversary tours and a farewell show.

10. Hard-Fi, Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, Wednesday 20th April 2011

A low-key comeback show that was a little disappointing.

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9. The Horrors, Rock City, Nottingham, Wednesday 26th October 2011

A very brief perfromance. It was very good in the middle though, while it lasted.

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8. The Subways, Rescue Rooms, Wednesday 21st September

Unvaried and predictable but great fun was had by all.

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7. The Icicle Works 30th Anniversary Tour, Academy 2, Birmingham, Saturday 7th May 2011

A great career spanning show at the first of three anniversary shows in my top 10.

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6. Feeder, Assembly, Leamington Spa, Thursday 17th February

Feeder being as predictable as ever but as good as ever, in a great venue that was new to me.

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5. Bluetones Farewell Tour, Sheffield Academy 2, Tuesday 13th September

"We were The Bluetones...". sob but a good way to go out.

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4. Yuck, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, Monday 14th November 2011

A brilliant sort of early 90s territory evening with Kim Deal-esk thudding baselines and fuzzing guitars.

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3. The Damned 35th Anniversary, Rock City, Nottingham, Tuesday 15th November

The Damned play not one but two classic albums. First ‘Damned Damned Damned’, the band’s debut from 1977 but it's their second choice, ‘The Black Album’ from 1980 that really stole the show.

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2. British Sea Power, Rugby Library, Friday 4th March

BSP 'get it loud in libraries' and rock the book shelves.

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1. The Mission 25th Anniversary , Academy, Leeds, Friday 28th October 2011

An unashamed retro night. The only criticism would be that it felt just like a Mission concert from twenty years ago, rather than an anniversary one... well, perhaps that’s no criticism at all.

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