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So, how was your 2021?
Mint! I learned a lot about myself and developed my career a lot this year. If I compare myself to a year ago, it’s mad to think about the difference!

What was your best moment?
Visiting London for the Student Radio Awards, meeting loads of similar students and networking was an incredible moment. I also don’t want to be corny but joining the NARC Academy programme is one of the best things to have happened to me and I am very grateful for that!

And your worst moment?
When I got given a load of scratch cards from my family on my 20th birthday, and didn’t win a single pound. Similarly, when I found out my dad was watching scratch card videos on YouTube.

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
Amyl and The Sniffers has been a real find for me, and I’ve definitely fallen in love with them. I’ve also been obsessed with Wet Leg on their rise, they’re very addictive!

Your favourite song of the year?
DON BROCO’S new album has been basically on repeat for me when it came out this year, so i’ll go with Manchester Super Reds Number One Fan, great song, terrible football club!

Recommended album?
Comfort to Me by Amyl and The Sniffers.

Favourite TV show of the year?
Bo Burnham’s inside was an incredible watch!

Your favourite film?
I’m a big Studio Ghibli fan so we’ll go with From Up on Poppy Hill.

Best book you read?
As an English Literature student, reading has become a bit of a chore, but I read Dracula this year which was great to finally get around to.

Best podcast?
The one I’ve worked on with The Student Music Network. It’s called Students’ Union: Access All Areas, and it’s basically a deep dive into new albums from emerging artists.

Favourite venue of the year?
After finally going to Little Buildings this year, how could I say anywhere else?

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Wargasm at Northumbria Institute!

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2022?
When Wet Leg release their album they will shoot up (not like they aren’t already). Similarly, post-punk Black Country New Road are definitely moving into a more accessible Arcade Fire kind of style, and it will be very interesting to see where their new album takes them next year!

Any predictions for next year?
Well, I’m hoping to start up a new NE-based podcast so we’ll see where I go with that!

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