Album Of 2012 Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

The best album of 2012 is undoubtedly Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut effort. So different from anything any other 18 year old is doing right now (ie Bieber or One Direction), Bugg offers a fresh alternative to this, with real guitar music in the style of Woody Guthrie.

Song Of 2012 London, I Dream In Colour

The best song of 2012 for me is by a band called I Dream In Colour. I first heard them at Chazzstock Festival in June, and their song London blew me away. It’s really worth a listen if you haven’t heard it already.

Style Icon Of 2012 Zooey Deschanel

My style icon of the year deviates from music ever so slightly, one half of folk/pop duo and actress, Zooey Deschanel, and more specifically, her New Girl character Jess Day has to be one of the most stylish girls of 2012. Quirky personality traits aside, the character of Jess wears a mix of preppy with vintage and just downright left-field fashion, but always seems to make it work!

Gig Of 2012 Kasabian, Brixton Academy

Gig of 2012 would have to be Kasabian at Brixton Academy in August. Despite watching them woo 80,000 revellers at T In The Park the month before, the Leicester lads really came to life at their Reading/Leeds warm up shows. Kasabian are made for stadiums and festivals but if you ever get to see them in a smaller venue, jump at the chance!

Festival Moment Of 2012

The festival moment of 2012 would have to be seeing Bruce Springsteen in his element at Isle Of Wight Festival. After a tumultuous weekend of torrential rain, high winds, destroyed tents and much more, The Boss himself closed the festival on a high. Not stopping for over two hours, he continued to play until he seen the closing fireworks, much to the delight of the crowd.

Scandal Of 2012

The most scandalous musical happening this year has to be when the council pulled the plug on Bruce Springsteen with Paul McCartney at Hyde Park in the summer. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?) I wasn’t there to witness the shocking decision as the power was cut on two of the world’s greatest living musicians. When will anyone ever get to witness such a duet again? I’m still reeling!

Highlight Of 2012

My highlight of 2012 was definitely interviewing The Enemy for Gutter. I had the pleasure of meeting the boys at this year’s T In The Park, and am glad to say that they are as genuine as their music and a lot more interesting and friendly to speak to than a lot of other bands out there. They really have their fans at heart and aren’t afraid to say what’s on their mind. Respect.