Top Tens

Albums of the Year:

1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
4. Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
5. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
6. Christine and The Queens - Chaleur Humaine
7. Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
8. Francis and The Lights - Farewell, Starlite
9. Anohni - Hopelessness
10. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - The Soft Bounce

Gigs of the Year:

1. Kojey Radical – Jazz Café, Camden
2. Radiohead – Roundhouse, Camden
3. Christine & The Queens – O2 Academy
4. NZCA Lines – Village Underground, London
5. Public Service Broadcasting – The Science Museum, London
6. Polica – Village Underground, London
7. Jean-Michel Jarre – O2, London
8. John Carpenter – Troxy, London
9. Clint Mansell – Royal Festival Hall, London
10. Jagwar Ma – Village Underground, London

Festival performances:

1. Christine & The Queens – Other Stage, Glastonbury
2. Ben Watt & Bernard Butler – Field Day
3. Michael Kiwanuka – Crow’s Nest, Glastonbury
4. Coldplay – Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury
5. Skepta - Field Day, London
6. Blackalicious – La Pusy Parlure, Glasto
7. St Paul & The Broken Bones – other stage, glastonbury
8. John Grant – Field Day, London
9. Floating Points – Field Day, London
10. Manic Street Preachers – Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

Track of the year: 'Love & Hate' by Michael Kiwanuka

Book of the Year: 'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara

Music book of the year: 'Porcelain' by Moby

Video of the Year: 'Friends' by Francis & The Lights feat Bon Iver & Kanye West



1. Darlingside – Birds Say
2. William Tyler- Modern Country
3. Black Mountain – IV
4. Teleman- Brilliant Sanity
5. Felice Brothers – Life in the Dark
6. King Creosote- Astronaut Meets Appleman
7. The Hardy Tree – Through Passages of Time
8. David Bowie- Blackstar
9. Imarhan – Imarhan
10. Damien Jurado – Visions of us on the Land


1. James Yorkston/Pictish Trail/Withered Hand- Union Chapel – 20/12/16
2. Black Mountain- The Dome- 17/11/16
3. Leisure Society-St Pancras Old Church- 30/9/16
4. Bill Ryder-Jones- Scala-3/3/16
5. Magnetic North- 14/4/16 – Islington Forge
6. Christy Moore- Royal festival Hall- 5/4/16
7. Withered Hand- Lexington-7/1/16
8. Israel Nash- Garage-15/2/16
9. Damien Jurado – Islington Assembly Hall- 18/4/16
10. Frightened Rabbit-Roundhouse-7/12/16

Best Track
'Space to Bakersfield' – Black Mountain

Best TV Show
The Missing Series 2 – BBC

Best Film
'Nocturnal Animals'

Best Musical Moment of the Year
Darlingside's deserved ascendancy from unknowns at the bottom of the bill in the tent to packing out the main stage in the space of a weekend at Cambridge Folk Festival.

Most Disappointing Musical Moment of the Year
The shocking discovery that what I was playing was not a rubbish freebie remix CD packaged with the new Bon Iver album, but was in fact the actual album.



1.  David Bowie - Blackstar
2.  Bon Iver - 22, a Million
3.  Ferocious Dog Live at Rock City
4.  Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
5.  Membranes - Inner Space/Outer Space
6.  Shirley Collins- Lodestar
7.  Nick Cave and Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
8.  Beyonce - Lemonade (video version)
9.  Anohni - Hopelessness


1.  Glen Hansard, Cambridge 
2.  James Yorkston, New Line Brewery, Seachange Festival
3.  Wonk Unit, Strawberry Fayre
4.  Billy Bragg, Moseley Folk Festival
5.  Songhoy Blues, Moseley Folk Festival
6.  Christy Moore, Cambridge Folk Festival
7.  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cambridge
8.  Tom Robinson Band, Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival
9.  Baba Mall, Cambridge
10. Carl Palmer, Cambridge Rock Festival


1.  Membranes, Luminous Bodies, Magoo, Knowpeace, Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
2.  Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Portland
3.  Wonk Unit, Portland
4.  Raggedy Rawney, Carpenters Arms Cambridge
5.  Cass Combs and the Awesome Soul Collective, Flying Pig Cambridge
6.  Slaves, Corn Exchange
7.  Keltrix, Grapes, Cambridge
8.  Hinds, Junction, Cambridge
9.  Chris T T, Paul Goodwin, Portland
10. Rhodri Davies + Twenty-Three-Hanging Trees + Skeleton Hand, Boathouse, Cambridge

Film - Deadpool

Single - Skott-Amelia

Kevin Hand

Top 10 Albums

Frightened Rabbit- Painting of a Panic Attack
Wild Beasts- Boy King
Local Natives- Sunlit Youth
Mothers - When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired
Bears Den - Red Earthing & Pouring Rain
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
Hinds - Leave Me Alone
Ry X - Dawn
Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary

Top 10 Gigs

David Gilmour - Royal Albert Hall
Bruce Springsteen - Ricoh Arena
Coldplay - Wembley Stadium
The Lone Bellow - The Horn, St Albans
Super Furry Animals - The Junction, Cambridge
Coldplay - Indigo2
Placebo - SSE Arena, Wembley
Hans Zimmer - 3Arena, Dublin
The Hinds - The Junction 2, Cambridge
White Lies - Shepherds Bush Empire

Top 10 Festival Appearances

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Green Man
Temper Trap - Field Day
Kurt Vile & The Violators - Glastonbury
Whitney- Green Man
Adele - Glastonbury
Hot Chip - OnBlackheath
Sigur Ros - Citadel
Frightened Rabbit - Glastonbury
Coldplay - Glastonbury
Wild Beasts - Green Man

Best Film
Rogue One

Best Musical Moment
Standing on stage at Wembley Arena in front of 10,000 people

Worst Musical Moment
The Lack of anti/pro Brexit records

Top Ten Albums 2016

1. Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
2. Laish - Pendulum Swing
3. Communist Daughter - The Cracks That Built the Wall
4. Pinegrove - Cardinal
5. Angel Olsen - My Woman
6. Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win
7. Alex Lahey - B-Grade University
8. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
9. Teenage Fanclub - Here
10. Public Access T.V. - Never Enough

Festival Shows

1. Whitney. Sidewinder Bar SXSW.
2. Isaac Gracie. Latitude. SXSW
3. Loretta Lynn. Stubbs. SXSW
4. Dylan Leblanc. Parish. SXSW
5. Harts. Aussie BBQ SXSW
6. Hives. Fort York. TURF
7. Margo Price. Fort York. TURF
8. Boy & Bear. Fort York, Field Trip
9. National. Fort York, Field Trip
10. Julia Jacklin. Aussie BBQ. SXSW


1. Jenny Lewis. Massey Hall. Toronto
2. Tragically Hip. Air Canada Centre. Toronto
3. Gaz Coombes. Drake Hotel. Toronto
4. Teenage Fanclub. Manchester Academy 2. Manchester
5. St Paul & The Broken Bones. Danforth Music Hall. Toronto
6. Jayhawks. Horseshoe. Toronto
7. Teenage Fanclub. Lee's Palace. Toronto
8. Whitney. Lee's Palace. Toronto
9. Bob Mould. Horseshoe. Toronto
10. Echo & The Bunnymen. Phoenix concert theatre. Toronto

Song Of The Year

No Woman. Whitney

Best musical moment is a tough one for me...but to see our Canadian Rock Heroes the Tragically Hip, playing one of their last shows ever due to lead singer Gord Downie being diagnosed with brain cancer..seeing the fight in the man, tears in his eyes, emotion throughout the arena..pretty unforgettable.

Worst moment...don't think I can pick one. We lost too many great musicians this year so the fact that Bowie, Cohen, and Prince are gone, we had too many bad moments. Didn't really have a bad concert moment.. Maybe a few disappointing ones but I hate to be negative!