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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 indie rock ‘n’ rollers Plastic Glass tell us about their 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words

Strange, hard, boring

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

Erm, nothing of note really! I (Ben) taught myself some really basic premier pro skills (seriously, really, really basic) and I know Lewis has spent the whole of lockdown 2 trying to learn how to home demo with Logic and an interface, but he’s still struggling with that one.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Wow, this is a super tricky one. It’d be really hard not to list loads and loads of bands but there’s a couple that I hadn’t heard of until this year, and despite all of the restrictions they’ve really smashed it so I’d have to go with either Zela or Trunky Juno (Ben). I’ll let the lads have their own pick too:

Dylan – Easy Life

Lewis – Jonny Boyle

Frazer – COIN

Your favourite song of the year?

Again, really tricky! For me (Ben) I’ll go for We’re So Sorry by noyou, a really really good tune that I had on repeat for weeks when it was released.

Dylan – Kyoto by Phoebe Bridger

Lewis – Amsterdam by Nothing But Thieves

Frazer – Graveyard by Bilmuri

Favourite TV show of the year?

It didn’t come out this year, but I did actually watch it for the first time this year so I’ll go for the UK version of Shameless, a quality series.

Dylan – Normal People

Lewis – You

Frazer – I haven’t watched any TV

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

Well, the obvious answer is the only show we have announced which is at Independent in Sunderland, our home-town venue which we love playing.

What was your favourite gig/livestream event?

We’ve played one livestreamed gig ourselves so that’s the favourite! In terms of watching the livestreams in lockdown though I’d probably have to go with a solo artist from Sunderland called Elizabeth Liddle and the amazing stream she did from the Independent Facebook page. 

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

Well, I (Ben) like to think this is my area of speciality so I could honestly go on for ages talking about local acts so I’ll break it down a bit. Firstly, I’ll have to mention Vandebilt, Sophia and Faye Fantarrow; three class artists who I work with personally. Looking at acts that are going to break out of the North East next year I can’t not mention those two names again, Zela and Trunky Juno. Looking at some younger artists that could break onto the scene, the likes of Lottie Willis and Ami McGuinness have a really bright future ahead of them and are crazily talented for their age. 

Predictions for 2021?

I think it’s safe to say it will be better than this year, apart from that I’m not too sure, just loads of gigs hopefully. 

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

Short answer, Yes. Well, hopefully anyway. Dependent on a few things!

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