Well, here we are again…the final night of the year. 2013 turned out to be a crazy busy one, but a really fuckin’ fun one too. There were loads of gigs, some great music and I did some of my favourite interviews to date. What follows below is some photos that summed up the year, the usual end of year albums/singles lists and other bits and pieces.
Thanks to all the bands, promoters, PRs and mates who hooked me up with records, gigs and good times.Here’s to 2014!
2013: The Year In Photos (and the odd You Tube linky).
2013 kicked off with a trip to Derry to cover Other Voices. The Tourist Board hooked me up with my own suite at the hotel. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (without doing the sexy stuff for cash-money obviously…)
I got to hang out with the Hardcore Legend (and Mick Foley). That’s a joke for my big brother…
I got FREE comics!
Was on the telly (again).
Said goodbye to Roberto.Sniff.
Headed back to Derry for One Big Weekend.
Sampled the delights of the private box of the Olympia while watching the Gaslight Anthem.
Caught up with the Kings Of Leon
Had a blast at the Dublin Comics International Expo *insert Greg Capullo fanboy scream here*
Said goodbye to Clive Burr. R.I.P.
Had a great time interviewing wrestlers like Fandango and Dolph Ziggler
And of course meeting them too (backstage at the Odyssey)
Witnessing the resurrection of Rocket From The Crypt and Black Sabbath was especially ace too.
Aaaanndddddd I finally got my hands of the Iron Maiden beer!
And lastly, but certainly not, um, leastly, here’s my top 20 albums of the year, plus tracks of the year!
Albums of the Year (in order).
Valient Thorr ‘Our Own Masters’
Pure Love ‘Anthems’
The Night Marchers ‘Allez Allez’
More Than Conquerors ‘Everything I’ve Learnt’
Best Coast ‘Fade Away’
Dropkick Murphys ‘Signed and Sealed In Blood’
Chvrches ‘The Bones Of What You Believe’
Jetplane Landing ‘Don’t Try’
Vista Chino ‘Peace’
Wild Belle ‘Isles’
Haim ‘Days Are Gone’
The Silver Seas ‘Alaska’
Yeah Yeahs Yeahs ‘Mosquito’
Deap Vally ‘Sistrionix’
White Denim ‘Corsicana Lemonade’
The Answer ‘New Horizon’
Singles of the Year
Paramore ‘Still Into You’
Tegan and Sara ‘Closer’
Chrvches ‘The Mother We Share’
Empty Lungs ‘Running In Circles’
Katy Perry ‘Roar’
Iggy Azalea ‘Work’
The Silver Seas ‘I’m The One’