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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, Sunderland’s colourful sax-driven popsters PICNIC tell us about their 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words 

No thank you 

What skills did you learn in lockdown? 

I really worked on my piano skills and how to produce better quality demos. Boring stuff really, still can’t skateboard. 

Your favourite band/artist of the year? 

Phoebe Bridgers, has to be. Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Centre specifically. Discovered a new appreciation for Taylor Swift too, both old and new. Oh and Joni Mitchell, I really got into Joni this year, if that counts! 

Your favourite song of the year? 

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa, or anything from the Cory Wong: Live in Amsterdam album. 

Favourite TV show of the year? 

I discovered GLOW this year on Netflix, about female wrestlers in the 80s and was obsessed. Annoyingly it hasn’t been renewed for a new season, which is just classic 2020 really. 

Your favourite film? 

Of all time? It doesn’t sound too artistic or clever but it’s got to be Superbad for me, I could quote the entire script and I know at least 50% of the band would agree. Of 2020, Parasite or Jojo Rabbit

Best book you read? 

I’m just getting back into reading so I’ve not finished one for a while; Karlology by Karl Pilkington, is probably my favourite in recent memory. 

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year? 

At this point, literally any! We’d love to get out and about around the UK and play some new venues, but closer to home I’d like to play The Georgian Theatre in Stockton

What was your favourite gig/livestream event? 

There was a Whitney Houston DJ set in the summer that was mint, one of my lockdown highlights. Bigfatbig and noyou played an online festival that was really good too. 

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

Amy McGuinness, Faye Fantarrow and Sophia. Jodie Nicholson has some great new stuff in the works too. Zela are an absolute force as well, they’ll smash 2021 even harder than this one I’m sure. Oh and Elizabeth Liddle, she’s gonna have a mint year. 

Predictions for 2021? 

World peace, Sunderland to win the FA Cup and the UK to win Eurovision. I think out of those three, the first is most likely. 

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

We do! We’re spending more time in the studio next year than we have in a while and we can’t wait to get out and about at the festivals that have been rescheduled. Just want to continue having a laugh and get some more material out, that’s the plan. 

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