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So… how was your 2023?
Decent, thanks, but I regret not doing any festivals.

What was your best moment?
Young Fathers at the Boiler Shop early in the year

And your worst moment?
Rage Against The Machine not making it back to the UK this year after cancelling last year

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
1975- their Newcastle show was brilliant, as was their special from Madison Square Gardens

Your favourite song of the year?
Spotify says Drunk by Zayn

Recommended album?
I really enjoyed the new Depeche Mode record

Favourite TV show of the year?
The Reckoning

Your favourite film?
Wonka

Best book you read?
The Falconer by Dana Czapnik; it’s about a hip-hop-loving girl in 90s New York – it’s excellent

Favourite new word that you learned?
Shan (an old one but I’d forgot it)

Best podcast?
60 songs which define the 90s

Favourite venue that you visited?
Stockton Arc

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Young Fathers

Any up-and-coming artists/acts we should keep an eye out for in 2024?
I think L Devine could have a breakout year

Any predictions for next year?
Unfortunately, it’s the prediction that gig prices will continue to go up at the larger shows and festivals – they’re getting out of control now.

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