2013 was nothing short of eventful . . .
We had Miley and her foam finger. Cara Delevingne was crowned Queen of the supermodels while Beyonce conquered the superbowl. James McAvoy played filthy and T In The Park turned 20, while Daft Punk revived disco and Russell Brand went head to head with Jeremy Paxman.
I take you along for the defining moments of my 2013.
Glasgow welcomed a brand-new gig venue when the SSE Hydro opened its doors in September. It has already played host to first-class bands including Fleetwood Mac, The Proclaimers, Simple Minds, Rod Stewart and Vampire Weekend. It shows no signs of slowing down in 2014 with the likes of Beyonce, The Eagles, Katy Perry and Dolly Parton all bringing their tours to The Hydro this year! It’s gonna be a good one, Glasgow . . .
Scots Top Box Office
It was so refreshing to see not one, but two excellent movies come out of Scotland and dominate The Box Office in 2013. “Sunshine On Leith” gave movie-fans a funny, poignant and heart-warming look at Scottish life with a Proclaimers soundtrack, to boot! “Filth”, however, offered something different entirely; a dark, twisted tale of cop, Bruce Robertson and the “games” he plays. Same rules apply . . .
The Killers Slay Dublin
Their debut stadium show at Wembley may have defined their 2013, and their career but it was The Killers gig at Dublin’s Pheonix Park in July that won it for me. Having watched the band evolve from their glitzy, guyliner days of “Hot Fuss” to their recent leather-clad, big choruses “Battle Born” tour, this gig showed a band at their peak with a lot under their belt and so much more to still achieve. A tribute to local talent, U2 made my night complete . . .
The Truth Is (Still) Out There . . .
I’m more than a little late as this show celebrated its 20th anniversary this year (and has been off the air since 2002) but I discovered The X Files this year and I’m not sure what took me so long! Original, riveting, addictive; this is TV at its very best, and David Duchovny doesn’t hurt either . . .
RIP Lou Reed
I was introduced to The Velvet Underground by a friend in my late teens and naturally, I went onto listen to (and love) Lou Reed’s solo effort, “Transformer”. I was sad to hear of his passing in August 2013; “Heroin” and “Pale Blue Eyes” will forever be among my favourite songs.
Happy Birthday, T In The Park!
Scotland’s BEST music festival turned 20 in July 2013 – can you believe that?! The brainchild of Geoff Ellis has come a long way since its early days of Strathclyde Park and revellers certainly celebrated in style this summer with a soundtrack that included Rihanna, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, The Script and The Killers. Here’s to T 2014 . . .
Girls On Top
2013 was definitely the year of the ladies with comeback albums from the likes of Katy Perry, Lady GaGa and Beyonce. However, it was the roar of girl power that both Haim and Deap Vally that made my 2013. Armed with attitude and swaggering with sass, both girl tribes enjoyed success with their debut albums and they show now signs of slowing down this year. Bring on the gals with guitars!
And, Finally . . . Fuck You, Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke is responsible for the biggest selling single of 2013; a catchy but offensive chauvanistic anthem complete with sleazy video and “rapey” lyrics. However, three girls from Auckland were not going to stand for it. Their version speaks for itself . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC1XtnLRLPM