JustHipper’s Top 10 Gigs of 2006

We’ve seen some amazing gigs this year and this was a really difficult list to compile. It’s worth the near-misses of Richard Hawley, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Death Cab For Cutie getting a mention as well. But here’s my top 10:

10) Calexico – Liverpool Academy, November 3
9) Tapes n Tapes – Liverpool Korova, August 31
8) My Morning Jacket – Manchester Academy 2, August 23
7) The Hidden Cameras – Manchester Night & Day, September 30
6) Guillemots – Leeds Cockpit, April 1 and Manchester Academy 3, May 24
5) Forward Russia – Night & Day, February 15
4) Low and My Latest Novel – Manchester Academy 2, March 28
3) Morrissey, Leeds Town Hall, April 20 and GMex, Manchester, December 23
2) Broken Social Scene – Manchester Academy 2, February 14
1) Nick Cave – Bridgewater Hall, February 6

Having been to five festivals this summer, and in an effort not to have the top 10 gigs full of festival sets, here’s my top 15 festival appearances from the bands I saw at All Tomorrow’s Parties, Weekend 2, T in the Park, Summer Sundae Weekender, D-Percussion and V. I really tried to keep it to 10 and simply couldn’t. To be fair, numbers 6-15 are pretty interchangeable as they were all brilliant. I can’t wait til 2007 and hopefully another 5 amazing festivals!

15) Guillemots – T in the Park
14) Brakes – T in the Park
13) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – T in the Park
12) Boy Least Likely To – Summer Sundae
11) Rufus Wainwright – V Festival
10) Animal Collective – T in the Park
9) Forward Russia – Summer Sundae Weekender
8) Beck, V Festival – Day 2 was the day I never quite got around to reviewing. It was not the best day of festival bands ever, but Beck really redeemed things. He came on stage with a puppet show of the band that was projected live onto the screens doing everything the band was doing. When he went off before the encore, the puppets had their own video showed to the crowd of them trashing Radiohead’s dressing room. It was inspired and pure brilliance. Radiohead would have got a mention as well except we only watched 30 minutes of their set as we had to get home so we would be awake enough to work the next day.
7) Joanna Newsom – All Tomorrow’s Parties
6) Broken Social Scene – All Tomorrow’s Parties
5) Elbow – Summer Sundae Weekender
4) Eels – T in the Park
3) The Shins – All Tomorrow’s Parties
2) The Decemberists – All Tomorrow’s Parties
1) Belle & Sebastian – Summer Sundae

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