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So, how was your 2021?
It finished better than it started. At least we can now enjoy life a bit more.

What was your best moment?
Boating around the Norfolk Broads singing along to Cosmo Jarvis.

And your worst moment?
Having to cancel going to shows because I was unwell.

Who was your favourite band/artist this year?
Cellar Door Moon Crow

Your favourite song of the year?
Wet Leg – Chaise Longue.

The alarm clock is set to 6 Music and one morning it started on this song and I loved it from that very first hearing at 6am. I knew I had to discover who had created it. The last time that had happened was Divine Comedy with Something For The Weekend!

Recommended album?
Jarv Is – Beyond the Pale

This was on in the car for weeks this year and it was topped by a great gig at the Boiler Shop.

Favourite TV show of the year?
Squid Game.

Your favourite film?
Nobody.

Your favourite theatre production?
Torn between Educating Rita at the Theatre Royal and Haddock and CHips at Gosforth Civic Theatre.

Best book you read?
The Twenty Seven Club by Lucy Nichol.

Best podcast?
Out for Blood: The Story of Carrie the Musical

I have an obsession with the Broadway mega-flop Carrie and this podcast filled in many of the gaps into what happened.

Favourite venue of the year?
Head of Steam – a brilliant place in a central spot.

What was your favourite gig/show of the year?
Either As December Falls at Cluny 2 or the Twisterella Festival in Middlesbrough.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2022?
Wet Leg, Twist Helix, Venus Grrrls, We Tibetans, Swim School.

Any predictions for next year?
Hopefully we will have a full year of entertainment and no Zoom calls.

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