Most years I manage to get to around 20 gigs. This year I’ve more than doubled that ending up on 42, a number that’ll please any Douglas Adams or Mozart fans reading this. Actually it’s even more than that because I’ve not included any of the bands I’ve seen sharing the bill at my band’s gigs.

It’s been great fun and I’ve enjoyed them all so it seemed pretty pointless to try and rank them. Instead I’ll just list them in chronological order with a selection of not particularly good photos.


January (3 gigs)
Spare Snare / The Mono Sideboards / Lazy Mary @ 81 Renshaw, Liverpool
Stipe (REM tribute band) @ Northwich [read our favourite R.E.M. songs blog post here]
The Wave Pictures / Seazoo @ Telford’s Warehouse, Chester
February (2 gigs)
Beak / Use @ Gorilla, Manchester [read my review here]
Art Brut / Salt The Snail @ Jacaranda Phase One, Liverpool [listen to review podcast here]
March (6 gigs)
Wilko Johnson / Glenn Tilbrook @ Parr Hall, Warrington
MJ Hibbett / Matt Tiller @ Gullivers, Manchester
London Calling (Clash tribute) @ The Live Rooms, Chester
John Otway @  The Salty Dog, Northwich
Mammoth Penguins @ Telford’s Warehouse, Chester
Bob Log III @ Night and Day Cafe, Manchester
April (2 gigs)
Sleaford Mods / Liines @ The Live Rooms, Chester
Joe Jackson @ Ritz, Manchester


May (6 gigs)
The Ramonas (all female Ramones tribute) @ The Salty Dog, Northwich
The Wedding Present @ The Live Rooms, Chester
Robyn Hitchcock / Jessica Lee Morgan @ St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester
The Lovely Eggs / Seazoo / Chupa Cabra / The Sandinistas / Lysisistra @ Focus Wales Festival, Wrexham   [full review on podcast 87]
Manic Street Preachers / Gwenno @ Ritz, Manchester
Faye Webster / Angie McMahon / The Orielles @ Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester   [full review on podcast 87]


June (4 gigs)
The Wedding Present @ O2 Academy, Bristol
Sidney Gish @ Gorilla, Manchester

Sacred Paws @ YES, Manchester

The Burning Hell / Quiet Marauder / My Name Is Ian / The Vanity Project @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester
July (6 gigs)
Horace Andy @ Manchester International Festival
3D Tanx @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester
The Catenary Wires / Milky Wimpshake @ Gullivers, Manchester
McLusky* @ Gorilla, Manchester
k.d. Lang @ Liverpool Philharmonic
The Wedding Present @ Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
August (2 gigs)
🌮🐈 Tacocat / TWEN @ Gulliver’s Manchester
Courtney Barnett / Goat Girl / The Lovely Eggs / The Bleaches @ Manchester Psych Festival
September (2 gigs)
Eels @ Albert Hall, Manchester
Gruff Rhys / Muzi / Bill Ryder-Jones @ Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
October (5 gigs)
Alice Hubble / Rodney Cromwell @ The Eagle Inn, Salford
Pip Blom / Personal Trainer @ Gorilla, Manchester
Dumb @ The Eagle Inn, Salford
Saint Etienne @ Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
Squid @ EBGBs, Liverpool
November (3 gigs)
The Delines @ St Phillips Church, Salford
The Wave Pictures @ Jacaranda Phase One, Liverpool
Billy Bragg @ O2 Academy 2, Manchester
December (1 gig)
Graham Parker @ The Live Rooms, Chester

Graham Parker @ The Live Rooms, Chester (December 2019)


Exactly half the gigs (21) were in Manchester or Salford. There were 7 in Chester (not bad for a city that doesn’t have much of a gig scene) and 6 in Liverpool. The closure of the much-missed Central Station in Wrexham meant that I saw only 2 gigs in Wales this year.

Hello and thanks to all friends who’ve attended these gigs with me: Mrs Garbanzo, Kicker of Elves, Texas Paul, Matt, Rebel Rikkit, Tom a.k.a. Daysleeper, Jules, Glenys, Big Rick, Jeff, Pompey Mike, Comedy Paul, Kevin, Linda, The Lancashire Toreador, Tom W, Mr Fingers, Simon B, Nigel, Leslie, Ed, Jono, Susie, Jo K, Jo D & Jean-Paul.

Sorry to say that one of those friends sadly passed on before the year was through so this one goes out to her.


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