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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, Hartlepool’s dreamy indie rockers Mt. Misery tell us about their 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words.

Like Groundhog Day

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

Lewis and Ste have both become keen golfers in the past few months. Lewis briefly went through a darts phase prior to that, but golf is the one that’s stuck.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Locally, it’s Wild Spelks. Really excited to hear more from them. Our collective Spotify stats suggest that we’ve all been on a big Wilco kick this year as well.

Favourite song of the year?

Our favourite song to come out of the area was Knock on a Hollow by Tom Joshua.

Favourite TV show of the year?

The last season of Bojack Horseman was really good. I re-watched The Sopranos during lockdown, which is probably my favourite TV show ever.

Your favourite film of the year?

Probably Parasite. It was the only new film I saw at the cinema this year though, so there’s not a lot of competition.

Favourite book you read this year?

The Jeff Tweedy memoir and his follow-up book on songwriting (both purchased during peak Wilco-mania) were my favourites. The songwriting book especially is full of really useful, practical advice on getting into a good creative routine and I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in that sort of thing. I also read Shakey, the Neil Young biography, which is a good read for Neil nerds.

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

We love playing at Bobik’s, The Georgian Theatre, Base Camp, Independent…really we’re just looking forward to playing anywhere we can! We had a lot of shows we were really excited about in 2020, and thankfully most have been rescheduled for 2021.

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

We played at Base Camp in Middlesbrough in between lockdowns to a socially distanced audience. Initially we were a bit worried about the atmosphere being a bit stale with it being a seated gig, but in the end none of us really noticed a difference; our music doesn’t tend to evoke a lot of rowdy behaviour in people anyway.

Predictions for 2021?

We’re too superstitious to answer this one – we predicted we’d play a lot of gigs in 2020, so we don’t want to jinx anything.

Have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?

We recently finished an album that will be coming out in the spring. We’ve spent our time in lockdown recording it and we’re really proud of how it’s turned out. Hopefully, if live music makes a return, we’ll have a lot of gigs scheduled around it as well.


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