Top Tens


1.  Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

2.  Tame Impala - Currents

3.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

4.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi Love

5.  Ezra Furman -Perpetual Motion People

6.  Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

7.  Ghenghar - A Dream Outside

8.  East India Youth - Culture of Volume

9.  Public Service Broadcasting - The Race For Space

10. Girlband - Holding Hands With Jamie


Father John Misty - Village Underground London

Maccabees - Coronet London

Laura Marling - The Thekla Bristol

The Decemberists - O2 Glasgow

Foals - Village Underground London

Adem - Moth Club London

Alvvays/Genghar - Joiners Southampton

East India Youth - Village Underground London

Christopher Owens - St John's Church Bethnal Green

Wolf Alice - Old Fire Station Bournemouth


Tame Impala - End of The Road

Royal Blood - Best Kept Secret

East India Youth - End of The Road

Surjan Stevens - End of The Road

Meilyr Jones - End of The Road

Alvvays - End of The Road

Hinds - Visions

Darwen Deez - Truck Festival

Elbow - On Blackheath


Here's to more of the same in 2016 !!



Top 10 Albums 

1.  Mew,  + / -

2.  Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

3.  Gengahr - A Dream Outside

4.  Torres - Sprinter

5.  Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

6.  Libertines - Anthems For Doomed Youth

7.  Tame Impala - Currents

8.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

9.  Laura Marling - Short Movie

10. Leisure Society - The Fine Art Of Hanging On 


Top 10 Gigs (in date order)

Barr Brothers 31-Jan Winchester, Railway

Little Comets 25-Feb Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms

Father John Misty 26-Feb Village Underground

The Leisure Society 15-Apr Islington Assembly Halls

Pretty Vicious 17-May Winchester, Railway

Alvvays (support Gengahr) 25-May Southampton, Joiners Arms

Adem 19-Oct MOTH Club, Hackney

Akala 01-Dec Village Underground

Christopher Owens 03-Dec Bethnal Green, St John

Mew 14-Dec Village Underground


Top 10 Festival Appearances (in date order)

Plastic Mermaids - Southampton, Common People Festival

Kindness - Best Kept Secret Festival, Netherlands

Royal Blood - Best Kept Secret Festival, Netherlands

Ratboy - Truck Festival

Girl Band - Visions Festival

Rae Morris - Victorious Festival, Portsmouth

Meilyr Jones - End Of the Road

Torres - End Of the Road

Tame Impala - End Of the Road

Gaz Coombes - Independence Festival, Southampton 

Best Song of the Year:

Pumpkin Noir, by Happyness

TV show of the year: Family Guy

Film of the Year: Kingsman, The Secret Service

Best musical moments of the year:

1. Will Doyle (East India Youth) performing solo and unmicked on the ‘Piano in The Woods Stage’ at End Of The Road Festival

2. Dancing to ‘Let it happen’ the 8-minute opening track of Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ album at EOTR silent disco


Most disappointing musical moment of the year : Songhoy Blues live set.......

Mike Youe of The Blue Aeroplanes selects his Top Ten Albums of 2015

1.  Richard Thompson - Still

2.  Jemima Surrender - The Uninhabited World

3.  Sun Kil Moon - Universal Themes

4.  Akala - Knowledge Is Power Vol II

5.  Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometime I Just Sit

6.  John Carpenter - John Carpenter's Lost Themes

7.  Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

8.  Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Murmurs

9.  The Unthanks - Mount The Air

10. Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real - The Monsanto Years


Top Ten Albums 2015

1.  Bully- Feels Like

2.  Blur- The Magic Whip

3.  Du Blonde – Welcome Back To Milk

4.  Destroyer- Poison Season

5.  Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lovell

6.  Sleater-Kinney- No Cities to Love

7.  White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

8.  Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood

9.  Bella Hardy – With The Dawn

10. The Charlatans- Modern Nature


Top Ten 2015 Gigs

Sleaford Mods @ Rock City, Nottingham

Bella Hardy @ MAC Birmingham

Haiku Salut @The Guildhall, Derby

Chris Leslie @Village Folk, Chellaston

White Reaper @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

Super Furry Animals @ Brixton Academy

Metric @ The Institute Birmingham

Menace Beach @ The Hairy Dog, Derby

Ben Holder & Stuart Smith @ Dog & Partridge, Marchington

The Charlatans @ Civic hall, Wolverhampton


Top Ten 2015 Festival Appearances.

Chris Wood , The Mighty Doonans @ Unity Folk festival in Wakefield

Boxed In @ Long Division in Wakefield

Slug, Du Blonde, Ibibio Sound Machine @ Deershed

Sufjan Stevens, Low @ End of the road

Calan , The Dovetail Trio @ Derby Folk Festival

Song of the year

Savages – The Answer




1 - Admiral Fallow - Tiny Rewards

2 - The Staves - If I Was

3 – Lau - The Bell That Never Rang

4- The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

5 – Blur – Magic Whip

6 - Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows

7 – The Unthanks – Mount the Air

8 - Death Cab for Cutie – Kintsugi

9 – Idlewild – Everything ever Written

10 - Father John Misty – I Love You Honeybear


1 - Lau - Colchester Arts Centre

2 – Suede – Roundhouse

3 - Admiral Fallow - Bush Hall

4 - The Rails - Bush Hall

5 - Danny & The Champions of the World - Colchester Arts Centre

Song of the Year

Blur - Ong Ong