Tuesday, January 03, 2012

looking back over 2011

happy new year! let's hope it is as music-jammed as 2011 was. according to my collection of gig-shot sets on flickr, i pretty much saw the equivalent of one band per week. that might sound a lot but i think there is room for improvement! ;) so now i've got one full year under my belt living in the netherlands, it might be a good time to reflect. i am so happy living in amsterdam and i am extremely happy with my decision to move here. i moved for the music, and it hasn't disappointed. a friend said to me before i moved that paradiso would become my second home and, although yes i do see a fair number of gigs there (more in the small room upstairs i think, altho i also see lots of great gigs in the big room - see below), actually it is not my favourite venue...

fave bits of 2011:
-gigs: see below...
-venue: de nieuwe anita (fave gig at this venue here)
-festival: iceland airwaves (full set of photos here, so many favourite moments!)
-musical family: belmont bookings (my fave bamshakalah blogpost here)

so... favourite gigs? i'm rubbish at choosing, but think i'd plump for these top five dutch gigs:

1. tv on the radio (paradiso, amsterdam)
// link to original blogpost here, and full flickr set here
tv on the radio


2. band of horses (paradiso, amsterdam)
// link to original blogpost here, in-photos gallery on drownedinsound here, and full flickr set here

band of horses


3. olafur arnalds (500-year-old house in nijmegen, as part of de affaire)
// link to original blogpost here, and full flickr set here.

olafur arnalds @ de affaire


4. no age (ot301, amsterdam)
// link to original blogpost here, in-photos gallery on drownedinsound here, feature on belmont bookings blog here and full flickr set here

no age - ot301


5. tallest man on earth (paradiso, amsterdam)
// link to original blogpost here, in-photos gallery on drownedinsound here, and full flickr set here

the tallest man on earth


in 2011, i saw so many good bands and met so many good people who i know will help to make this new year just as good if not better. exciting things are hatching, look forward to seeing what emerges.

x

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