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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, Lee Fisher tells us about his past twelve months.

Sum up 2020 in three words

Rage. Heartbreak. Negronis.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Tunng Presents Dead Club was easily my album of the year, everything Richard Dawson did sparked joy, I listened to a LOT of jazz (mostly Mingus) but the artist who gave me the most pleasure throughout the whole year was probably Italian singer Mina – mainly her sixties stuff.

Your favourite song of the year?

Gotta be Drive by The Bobby Lees, a ridiculously good slice of garage punk with a trademark Jon Spencer production (closely followed by Norwegian Reggaeton and i wish I was kidding).

Favourite TV show of the year?

It’s a bit predictable but Normal People poleaxed me one episode at a time.

Your favourite film?

I watched a LOT Of films this year, probably about 200, but Celine Sciama’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire reduced me to a blubbing mess, a genuinely breathtaking film. Also the last thing I saw at a cinema, so there’s that…

Best book you read?

A two-way tie here. Max Porter’s Lanny delivered on the promise of Grief Is The Thing With Feathers with an incredible second book that blends folk horror with modern life, and Heidi James’ The Sound Mirror was astonishing and insightful and emotionally raw.

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

I generally avoided the livestream thing, it’s a fairly unsatisfying medium, but i did immerse myself in huge chunks of the Tusk Virtual programme, a triumph all round.

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

Craven Faults released an incredible album of modular electronic wonder this year that bodes well for the next year, and I’m expecting more greatness from Dextro and Reigns.

Predictions for 2021?

People huddled round binfires bartering for vaccines as the Brexit Folly really hits. But there’ll be bad bits too.

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