Justhipper’s Top 10 Gigs of 2007

  1. The Decemberists @ Manchester Academy 2, February 5th (review) & @ Sheffield Leadmill, February 2nd (review)
  2. The Hold Steady @ Sheffield Leadmill, February 21st (review) & @ Manchester Club Academy, February 13th (review)
  3. James @ Manchester Club Academy, April 30th (review)
  4. The Arcade Fire @ Manchester Evening News Arena, October 27th (review)
  5. The Shins @ Manchester Academy 2, March 27th (review)
  6. Jarvis Cocker @ Manchester Academy 1, February 19th (review)
  7. Joanna Newsom @ Manchester Bridgewater Hall, January 15th (review)
  8. Broken Social Scene @ Manchester Club Academy, October 16th
  9. New Pornographers @ Manchester Academy 3, November 20th (review)
  10. Devastations @ Leeds Faversham, November 24th (review)

Like The Ledge, I went to less festivals this summer and owing to circumstance, did not get around to reviewing T in the Park at all, even though it was, as expected, great fun. I found the live music I saw at festivals this year (ATP excepted) was no match for last year, but a few sets did stand out. I really should have reviewed that Hold Steady set from T in the Park at the time. They only did 3 acoustic songs, and it wasn’t even the full band because most of their equipment didn’t make it from Oxygen and they had no bass at all, but because of their determination to play and give us a good time, and because of the fantastic crowd who had been waiting for them with a lot of anticipation (and swapping Hold Steady gig stories with us), it was the best 15 minutes I’ve had at a festival since I saw the Arcade Fire at Leeds in 2005.

  1. The Hold Steady @ T in the Park, July 8th
  2. Nick Cave / Grinderman @ ATP, April 28th & 29th
  3. Low @ ATP, April 28th
  4. The Hold Steady @ Leeds Festival, August 24th
  5. Einsturzende Neubauten @ ATP, April 28th

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