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So… how was your 2023?

Both wonderful and exhausting. Ultimately it’s been the best year of my life, though having only begun transition last year, it’s had little competition! But it’s come at a cost and taken me to the absolute edge at times. I will choose to see the positives and learn from the negatives and I will remember it fondly.

What was your best moment?

My band Dinky Bossetti’s debut EP launch party. Standing there, playing my guitar and singing, I just kept turning to my bandmates Aria and Chris in wonder at the audience, jumping around with glee to songs we’d been writing, practising and playing for so long. That was me dancing as a kid (and adult, to be fair) at gigs. But now it was us making them dance. The energy coming off them was unreal. That’s exactly why you join a band and I want that every night of my life. 

And your worst moment?

A breast cancer scare. It turned out to be a positive as the scans proved it was just glandular tissue. But the week from finding the lump to the all-clear was terrifying and felt like a sick irony, having waited all my life for my little breasts only to potentially have them taken away. A big shout out to the NHS staff nurses who treated me with compassion and total inclusivity.   

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?

Gaydar, pure apocalyptic rage and absolutely vital.

Your favourite song of the year?

String Theory by Lanterns On The Lake. At a particularly difficult time this year I was walking to work and this song came on and I had this wave of emotion that everything was going to be ok. 

Recommended album?

My girl Kim Petras finally released an album, Feed The Beast, and it was well worth the wait. Caitlin Rose’s Cazimi was often on my turntable and there’s been great new records from Lanterns on the Lake, Dream Nails, Anohni & The Johnsons and Lydia Loveless. And the band I’ve loved the longest. Dr Teeth & The Electric Mayhem, finally put out an LP after a 30 year or so wait!

Favourite TV show of the year?

It was originally screened many moons ago but I re-binged Buffy The Vampire Slayer this year in around 3 months (I’ve had a lot of sickness this year!) in time for going to see Buffy Revamped and it has more than stood the test of time. Truly iconic heroine and storylines that still provoke debate.

Your favourite film?

Barbie. Just cinematic perfection. If men were offended, good. It just proves the film’s relevance. The scene with Barbie and the old lady at the bus stop when Margot Robbie tells her she’s beautiful and she replies “I know,” is just magical. I couldn’t stop crying. 

Best book you read?

Love In Colour – Mythical Tales From Around The World, Retold by Bolu Babalola 

Favourite new word that you learned?

Strength.

Favourite venue that you visited?

The Globe in Newcastle – a safe and inclusive space for all and another year of wonderful memories.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?

So many but Lizzo at Glasgow Hydro was special, Suede rolled back the years at O2 City Hall, Kelis mesmerised at (what was then) The Sage, Ash and The Subways provided a double blast of pop punk at NX and S Club 7 at the Arena was a blast despite the sad loss of Paul and Hannah’s departure. 

Any up-and-coming artists/acts we should keep an eye out for in 2024?

Dinky Bossetti, obviously! But also the wonderful Amasing from London. Just bonkers. Also Doylums and Cry On Command. 

Any predictions for next year?

Progesterone. From a personal point of view I’d just like to be healthier and to keep playing wonderful shows. From a national point of view I’d just like to see the Tories closer to the door, or out of it altogether and for Keir Starmer to realise the error of his ways. From a world point of view I’d just like people to stop killing each other. There is plenty of space and food and love to go around.

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