I had an amazing year of gigs in 2018, which is pretty impressive considering how many I missed due to ill health (never going to get over missing the Manics’ Resistance Is Futile tour, quite honestly). Here are my top 5 of the year. The top 2 sit comfortably amongst the best gigs I’ve ever… Read More Scruffy’s Top 5 Gigs of 2018
The best Suede gig I’ve ever been to. An exhaustingly uplifting, riotously emotional triumph.
A short but sweet set from Paul Draper in a majestic church setting.
An incredible night of pop from an icon at the peak of her power. As Kylie herself sang, WOW WOW WOW WOW!
The last Manics gig of 2018, and a night of highs and lows.
A hot and sweaty celebration of Suede in the 21st century.
The Pet Shop Boys are where everything begins for me, when it comes to music. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was some time in the middle of 1988 that I borrowed my mum’s cassette of “Actually”, and suddenly, music became the most important thing in the world. So attending two shows at… Read More Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Opera House, Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th of July, 2018
A very very late report on a very very wonderful gig. I had planned to go to three Manics gigs on their arena tour in April and May, but I missed them all due to illness. So I was very determined to make it to this one, especially as support was going to come from… Read More Manic Street Preachers and the Anchoress at the Royal Festival Hall, Tuesday, 19th of June, 2018
I’ve been away from the gigging life for a few months due to ill health, but last night, I was BACK! It may have been a half hour acoustic set in a cramped and stuffy record store, but it was still a gig, and much more importantly, it was a gig by the amazing Paul… Read More Paul Draper at Rough Trade East, Tuesday, 12th of June 2018
This brilliant night of joyful, idiosyncratic pop was the 150th gig of my life – but it felt less like a full stop, and more like a new beginning.