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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, Ewan Gleadow tells us about his past twelve months.

Sum up 2020 in three words.

Horrible. Productive. Stressful.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Bob Dylan. Twenty years away from the music industry and at the nearing his 80th birthday, he manages to crack out an album on par with his 60s glory days.

Your favourite song of the year?

House Music All Night Long. An accidental lockdown anthem, written long before we were all hunkered down in our homes. A great mixture of synth and art pop with some fantastic wordplay as ever.

Favourite TV Show of the year?

The Last Dance. A ten-part series on Michael Jordan and his final year with the Chicago Bulls. I don’t even like basketball, but it’s a marvellously compelling documentary.

Your favourite film?

Another Round. Mads Mikkelsen steals the show (as he usually does) in a fantastic blend of drama and comedy, detailing four friends experimenting with alcohol tolerance.

Best book you read?

Remain in Love. A great recollection of memories from Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz, who spends most of his time documenting memories of tours, his relationship with Tina Weymouth, and the time he tried to produce a Happy Mondays album.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye on?

Daniel Knox. An absolutely stellar voice behind him, and already a strong repertoire of albums under his belt, Knox is one of the best discoveries baroque pop fans can make.

Kickin’ Lillies. Consistent as ever, All These Bad Dreams was a solid single, and it’ll hopefully lead to more great tracks from them.

Nice Guy. Their single Last Orders at the Linthorpe was incredible, a great track that deserves far more attention.

Predictions for 2021?

Elvis Presley returns. If Bob Dylan did it, I’m sure The King can too.

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