Here’s how things broke down, what do we think?
Independent Track Of The Year: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks
Independent Album Of The Year: Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep
Independent Video Of The Year: Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
Special Catalogue Release Of The Year: Cities Of Darkscorch Boardgame
Most Played New Independent Act: Jungle
Best Live Act: All Time Low
Hardest Working Band: Swans
Independent Breakthrough Of The Year: Wolf Alice
Independent Label Of The Year: Transgressive Records
Best Small Label: Erased Tape Records
Golden Welly Award For Best Independent Festival: Brainchild Festival
Indie Champion: Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music
Pioneer Award: Digby Pearson, Earache Records
Innovator Award: Peter Quicke, Matt Black and Jonathan More of Ninja Tune
Outstanding Contribution To Music: Skepta
Here is my top 25 tracks from the past year, have a listen.
1. Disco//Very – Warpaint
2. Tropical Oceans – DD Dumbo
3. Every Other Freckle – Alt-J
4. Violent Shiver – Benjamin Booker
5. Take Me To Church – Hozier
6. My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
7. Seasons – Future Islands
8. I Got the Moves – Habibi
9. Don’t You Find – Jamie T
10. Lonely Daze – Kate Tempest
11. Riptide – Vance Joy
12. For A Minute – M.O
12. Busy Earnin’ – Jungle
13. Water Fountain – tUnE-yArDs
14. Cassy O’ – George Ezra
15. I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry – Bob Moses
16. Cadillac Girl – Only Real
17. Hold Back the River – James Bay
18. Gunshot – Lykke Li
19. You’re The Best – Wet
20. The River – Ibeyi
21. Bassically – Tei Shi
22. OctaHate – Ryn Weaver
23. Money On My Mind – Sam Smith
24. One More – Elliphant ft. MØ
25. Solo Dancing – Indiana
I checked out some of the acts at Latitude’s Saturday line-up this weekend – definitely highlight was Damon Albarn welcoming Graham Coxon onstage to perform Tender together. Amazing! Other good’s included –
Yet another year that I didn’t make it (2015, you shall be mine) but I have to say the BBC coverage was awesome, and I really enjoyed catching some of these sets – especially Arcade Fire who I am seeing in Hyde Park on Thursday. Booya!
Here are some of the best acts that I saw from this year’s The Great Escape. Many thanks to Spindle Magazine and BalconyTV for putting on such awesome shows.
Jungle – Played The Haunt on Saturday night.
Seachange played the SpindleTV launch on Friday at Neighbourhood.
The BalconyTV sessions at Fitzherberts on Saturday saw great performances from Juliette Ashby and Will And The People.
And that little room above Fitzherberts also saw a surprise gig near the end of the night from George Ezra no less!
Hurrah, this is my 100th post! OK, it may not mean much to you but I’m celebrating, I’m dancing. Here’s Jungle’s new tune. They’re back with another single in Busy Earnin’ that, yet again, comes with a hugely entertaining video. Sure, they’re sticking with the same old dance routine vibe but screw it, their videos are just so much fun. Also, for some reason, my favourite part is actually the first thirty seconds before they even start dancing.
Here’s something else that’s popped up on my radar. Honestly? I can’t decide whether I like this or not. Does anyone recognise the lead singer also? He’s an actor too, appearing in one of the final episodes of Skins as the creepy stalker dude of Cassie.
I’ve just booked my ticket for The Great Escape 2014, can’t wait! TGE have started announcing the first acts of their line-up and there are some exciting choices. Somewhat surprisingly, Kelis is to headline the Saturday night. Why is that surprising? Well we haven’t heard a peep out of Kelis for a while, didn’t really know she was still making music to be honest. Here’s hoping there’s a new album on the way though. I loved this track she had out a few years back…
There is also many new acts of course. This new act Amber Run remind me so much of the sorely underrated Spry. Even the lead singers look the same, and both called Joe! What do you reckon?
Benjamin Clementine is on board too, I gotta catch him performing Cornerstone – amazing song. I will probably hit some of the solo females out of interest like Denai Moore, Chlöe Howl and Charli XCX.
Could be fun to check out Baby in Vain too, a kind of more hard rock Dutch Haim –
Another “rambunctious” group are these douchebags – Fat White Family. I say that as I played with them back when they were the Saudis and they annoyed the shit out of me. I’m curious to check them out though and try and leave my preconceptions at the door –
I’m glad to see some good music from Ireland will be at TGE, namely Rejjie Snow and the September Girls…
And lastly, there are the first of the highly-anticipated acts from the BBC Sound of 2014 list and similar buzz lists over the past few weeks. Here’s rock duo Royal Blood, Ella Eyre (with Rudimental) and Jungle – who have some of the most fun videos I’ve seen in a while.