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We chat to some of our passionate and dedicated team to find out what they thought of 2020…with some occasionally sweary results! Here, Damian Robinson tells us about his past twelve months.

Sum up 2020 in three words

What just happened?

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

My Spotify account tells me it’s Massive Attack; their audio-visual EP Eutopia smacks of progressiveness

Your favourite song of the year?

I Finally Understand by Charli XCX. I really enjoyed XCX’s lock-down recorded/produced/released How I’m Feeling Now and I finally understood was my stand-out.

Favourite TV show of the year?

Snowfall. I was late to the party with this, but what a great story; and an even better soundtrack. My Shazam has never been as busy.

Your favourite film?

The Gentlemen. Given the varied reviews from cinema critics and TV commentators, The Gentlemen is perhaps one of the defining examples of why cinema is such an important medium. Watching films on TV just isn’t the same experience.

Best book you read?

Boy Parts by Eliza Clark. To think that this decade’s American Psycho comes from a North Eastern writer is particularly heart-warming.

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

BodyVice at Cobalt Studios. Cobalt’s continual pledge to put on edgy/interesting performances was in a real flourish with BodyVice. Cobalt is perhaps the venue I’m missing the most.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2021?

Cortney Dixon. The shows I saw of her pre-lockdown showed an artist in full confidence and full of interesting music. I can’t wait to those tracks get finished and fully realised.

Predictions for 2021?

That SSD Concerts will carry on being ahead of the curve in terms of hosting live shows.

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