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We chat to some of our passionate and dedicated writers to find out what they thought of 2019. First up, Steve Spithray spills the beans on his year. 

So, how was your 2019? 
The best year of my best decade yet.

What was your best moment? 
Big Weekend was such a great thing for Teesside. Brilliantly organised from start to finish, a fantastic family atmosphere and a credit to all involved. Just a shame now it doesn’t look like Middlesbrough Council will capitalise on all the good work and positive publicity for the town. Also a special mention for the no-ring wrestling at Heelapalooza Festival. Crackers.

And your worst moment? 
When the Blyth result came in on election night, and I knew the exit poll was going to be right, that was genuinely crushing.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
Venus. Hugely excited to continue watching their journey over the next couple of years.

Your favourite song of the year?
Bad Guy by Billie Eilish. She is so over now though. Locally I really loved an orchestral song called Journey B on Duncan Lloyd’s album and Lonely Pines by Mt Misery.

Favourite TV show of the year? 
I don’t watch much television but the kids watched Friends from start to finish.

Your favourite film? 
Mid90s.

Best book you read? 
Beastie Boys Book.

Favourite venue of the year? 
Auxiliary in Boro.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year? 
slowthai at Big Weekend. I was with Nick Wesson. He went down the front to get some photos and by the end I couldn’t do anything but just grin stupidly.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020? 
More from Benefits, the Nel Unlit album is an absolute beaut and really looking forward to Dale Husband’s new stuff.

And finally, what has next year got in store for you? 
Onwards and upwards. Plenty of freelance writing work in the pipeline. Peter Cook once asked Dudley Moore what he was up to. “I’m writing a book”, said Dudley. “Really?!”, replied Peter, “neither am I”. Winking smiley.

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