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So… how was your 2023?

What was your best moment?
The second book of my Teesside trilogy was published in November by Butterfly Effect.

And your worst moment?
Local politics round our way has been an absolute shitshow all year.

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
I’m still exploring it as a new-ish genre to me but experimental house DJ Abby Harris and local beat dismantler KK Junker really inspired me musically.

Your favourite song of the year?
Council Rust by Benefits.

Recommended album?
PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard.

Favourite TV show of the year?
The Bear.

Your favourite film?
Oppenheimer. It may be the only new film I saw this year.

Best book you read?
A biography of a snooker player called Patsy Houlihan. Or the Connie Converse one.

Favourite new word that you learned?
Dunno but if someone has an alternative to kayfabe that scans better I’m all ears.

Favourite venue that you visited?
A warren-like death metal karaoke bar somewhere in Krakow.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Richard Milward’s book launch upstairs at Pineapple Black was not a gig as such (although it did feature The Danny Kebabs and Avalanche Party) but a gloriously chaotic evening of readings, music and art amongst the old clothes rails of an abandoned New Look.

Any up-and-coming artists/acts we should keep an eye out for in 2024?
I was worried Maeve and the Trains might go their separate ways but now I’m hearing they may not. So keep an eye out for them.

Any predictions for next year?
They do say the worse things get the more creative people become.

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