As 2012 draws to a close, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to take a glance back at the past 12 months and highlight some of our own personal favourite shows of the year.
Back in May, Stockholm duo Icona Pop played to a packed out Electrcity Showrooms in London’s East End. At the time, riding high from the success of single ‘I Love It’, the girls caused a near riot amongst the 100 or so lucky punters with thirty minutes of relentless pop goodness. An unexpected encore caused a stampede on the tiny stage, fuelling one of the most memorable moments in our year of live music.
A sweltering Sunday evening in August saw Britpop survivors Blur appear to a deafening cry of screams and cheers at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall. Saluting the two thousand capacity audience, the band played a two hour greatest hits set that left no stone unturned. More than just a warm up show for their approaching mammoth show at Hyde Park, the sight of the original line-up back together and clearly having the time of their lives translated effortlessly to the throngs of sweaty fans that latched onto every word. A very special night indeed.
October saw Sheffield songsmith Richard Hawley win over the Brixton Academy with his effortless cool. Perhaps his most critically and commercially acclaimed album thus far, 2012’s Standing At The Sky’s Edge saw Hawley ditch the love-lorn crooning for a harder, more direct guitar driven collection of songs and his show at Brixton acted as a perfect showcase of both sides of his songbook. Charming and engaging throughout, Hawley a true national treasure.
Heaton Park. Location for The Stone Roses‘ triumphant return to their hometown of Manchester. We may not have been able to get a beer, there may have been mile long queues for the toilets, we may have got crushed to within an inch of our lives but seeing one of England’s greatest acts together again blasting their way through a back catalogue full of songs so divine – we wouldn’t have missed it for the world.