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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We asked a few of them to tell us about their year. Reminiscing about 2019 with us is Henry Carden, music manager at Quiet Crown and organiser of the award-winning music festival, Twisterella.

So, how was your 2019?
7/10

What was your best moment?
Twisterella winning an award at the Independent Festival Awards was pretty good like. 

And your worst moment?
The tragic passing of Matty Chipchase from Young Rebel Set. I can’t even begin to think how his friends and family must be feeling, but seeing how much his music meant to so many people will hopefully provide at least a modicum of solace.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?
It’s been really great to have The Futureheads back.

Your favourite song of the year?
Lonely Room by Cattle & Cane. I’m incredibly proud, and lucky, to work with Joe and Helen – they’ve really raised the bar with their latest album ‘Navigator’ and Lonely Room, replete with its saxophone solo (which I may or may not have forced them to do), is my absolute favourite.

Favourite TV show of the year?
I’ve watched far too much TV this year, so this is a really tough question! I’ll go for Chernobyl, with extremely honourable mentions to Fleabag, Mindhunter, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Sex Education, Killing Eve, What We Do In The Shadows and Barry. 

Your favourite film?
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Amazing performances from Di Caprio and Pitt.

Best book you read?
I finally got around to reading The Humans by Matt Haig – equal parts heart-warming and heart-wrenching.

Favourite venue of the year?
Can’t beat the downstairs room at the Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough. Absolutely love that room!

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Jimmy Eat World at 02 Academy in Newcastle back in January. Sometimes I get a bit funny about going to see bands I saw 15 years (or more!) ago, it makes me feel incredibly old and let’s be honest, nostalgia’s not what it used to be. They were one of my favourite bands growing up, but I’d not really listened to anything new they’d done for years and years, which I know now was a really silly mistake. Turns out Jimmy Eat World have carried on being brilliant and their last few albums are jam-packed full of bonafide bangers. It didn’t feel like a trip down memory lane, it felt like a celebration of one of the best rock bands to have ever existed.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2020?
I’m really excited to see what Jodie Nicholson and Mt. Misery have up their sleeves… although I may be slightly biased there. 

And finally, what has next year got in store for you?
TBC. 

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