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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their 2020 and offer a few tips about great stuff they’ve seen, watched and read.

Here, talented Sunderland songstress Faye Fantarrow tells us about her 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words

Up. Down. Up

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

I would love to say that like everyone else I added baking to my skillset but that would be a lie. In all honesty I’m quite ashamed to say that during lockdown I was either crying, eating or writing songs; I’d say that my songwriting has improved so maybe that’s something I could try and claim?

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

I’ve had quite a few artists that have helped me through the mess that was 2020. I absolutely fell in love with Leon Bridges and found that his songs really helped to calm me down and feel completely chill in all the mania. Brittany Howard really helped me feel like a complete bad bitch whenever I listen to her songs; I honestly can’t recommend her enough! If ever you need to remind yourself of who you are, whack Britney on and she’ll help boost your confidence in seconds. Lastly Glass Animals, in particular their album How To Be A Human Being, helped me to get up and dance no matter what was going on outside.

Your favourite song of the year?

Love That Sound – Somebody’s Child

Favourite TV show of the year?

Schitt’s Creek

Best book you read?

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Pure escapism.

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

I’m looking forward to playing Tyne Bank Brewery but gigs have been cancelled numerous times so I’m just praying for the day that they’re confirmed for 100000% definite and Miss Rona stays clear.

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

I was lucky enough to be able to see one of the few live gigs over the summer. I went to the socially distanced Sam Fender gig in Gosforth; while it was definitely different it was mint being able to have a little boogey out in the open to live music again.

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

bigfatbig are the next big girl rockers and you’d be crackers to not pay attention to them! Also Me Lost Me’s story telling is out of this world, an absolute dream to listen to!

Predictions for 2021?

Anti-vaxxer’s will get the vaccination when they realise they can’t fly without it. The world will be restored. Gigs will be back, clubs opened and I’ll go on a six month bender.

And finally, have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?

I’m going to be releasing a single or two 😉 in the new year.

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