Justhipper’s Top 13 Gigs of 2008

Well, here’s my list of my favourite gigs of 2008. Why 13 you ask? Cause I couldn’t pare it down to just 10, especially once I got past the first 8. In any year where I hadn’t seen Leonard Cohen for the first time ever, the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gig we saw recently would probably have been at #1, but this was a special year for music because not only did Leonard Cohen return to playing live, but the gigs he was playing were absolutely magical. Anyway, here’s the list:

  1. Leonard Cohen @ the Opera House, Manchester, June 18, 2008
  2. Leonard Cohen – “Tower of Song”

  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds @ the Apollo, Manchester, November 25, 2008
  4. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – “We Call Upon the Author”

  5. Rage Against the Machine @ T in the Park – I’ve only just realised we never reviewed T in the Park 2008, which is a shame because we saw some great sets there! RATM were unexpectedly brilliant. Here’s my review of their Leeds Festival performance.
  6. Rage Against the Machine – “Take the Power Back”

  7. The National @ All Tomorrow’s Parties, May 17, 2008
  8. The National – “Start a War”

  9. Eels @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, February 27, 2008
  10. Eels – “Railroad Man”

  11. James @ Liverpool University, April 12, 2008
  12. James – “Waterfall”

  13. REM @ T in the Park – Again, we didn’t review this, but we did review the REM gig at LCCG on August 24.
  14. R.E.M. – “These Days”

  15. The Hold Steady @ Manchester Academy 1, December 10, 2008
  16. The Hold Steady – “Killer Parties”

  17. Robert Forster @ the Royal Northern College of Music, September 21, 2008
  18. Robert Forster – “If It Rains”

  19. My Morning Jacket @ Manchester Academy 2, June 27, 2008
  20. My Morning Jacket – “Aluminum Park”

  21. Band of Horses / The Cave Singers @ Manchester Academy 2, February 24, 2008
  22. The Cave Singers – “Seeds of Night”

  23. Daniel Johnston and Friends @ New Century House, Manchester, July 24, 2008
  24. Daniel Johnston – “Rock This Town”

  25. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone @ Charlies, Manchester, March 13th 2008
  26. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – “Don’t They Have Payphones Where You Were Last Night”

6 Responses to “Justhipper’s Top 13 Gigs of 2008”

  • Tim Says:

    Me and Beth were at two of those!!! Yay for an excellent year of gigging. Mainly.

  • JustHipper Says:

    It was an excellent year for gigging. I suspect The Ledge’s list will bear little resemblance to mine it was that good. Looking forward to next year and the inevitable return of The Decemberists. And Franz Ferdinand in a small(ish) venue as well! And, probably loads of other ace stuff too!

  • Paul Says:


    You really MUST go to the Wintersleep gig TOMORROW (Tues) night at the Roadhouse. Based on your listening, you’ll love them. Their recent release ‘Welcome To The Night Sky’ is on constant rotation in my house…


  • Justhipper Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation Paul. I’m listening to them on MySpace at the moment and a couple of the tracks sound pretty good. Tuesday gig-going, however, is reserved for very special shows as I have a regular non-music-related commitment. Perhaps next go round then.

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