Gig Junkies Year in Review 2017

Posted by Bianca on Friday Dec 29, 2017 Under Gig Junkies Review, Various

As the New Year commences, Gig Junkies reminisce on a year of incredible acts, whilst our musical playlists expand beyond the limits of our memories, we will always be able to return to our stockpile of photographs and reviews to remind us of those unforgettable musical moments from 2017.

Our relentless team of photographers and writers have captured 255 gigs and festivals, 15 album reviews, one exhibition and three interviews including a charismatic catch up with one of the biggest sounds of 2017, The Amazons.

Discovering newbies on the block such as Tom Walker in grass-root venues to the likes of Goulding and Gallagher who’ve a plethora of hits we cannot refrain from echoing. From the picturesque views of Boardmasters Cornish coastline to the retro record sounds of Bananarama, we’ve seen re-grams from shock rock idol Alice Cooper, plus Blondie in a bumble-bee mask.

Not without its heart-breaks, we were fortunate enough to cover some of the last live performances by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Tom Petty, reminding us just how precious life is and giving true appreciation to the joy and unity that live music bring us all.

Festival fever brought us the likes of P!NK and Jay Z whilst grime has formed fans like never before with Stormzy taking the lead.

Gearing up the tempo we’ve witnessed KISS and Gun n’ Roses plus seen some serious hotness with fiesty divas Dua Lipa and Little Mix doing it for the girls! Talented trio London Grammar bring us yet more electronica dream-pop and Brandon hits back with The Killers tour and track ‘The Man’ named Hottest Record of the Year by Radio 1.

We excitedly await 2018’s exhilarating if not eventful moments in music…


Avenged Sevenfold + Disturbed + In Flames
Halfnoise + Halfnoise Interview
SNFU + Sick Of The Riot
The Pretty Reckless
Candlebox + Pete RG + Jeff Angell’s Staticland
Toy + Britain
The Hotelier + Crying + Wood and Nails
St. Paul & The Broken Bones + The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer



Tom Walker + Grafton Ash + Ryan Sparrow
Cabbage + The Shimmer Band + April
Skunk Anansie + The Pearl Harts
Julian Cope + Tom Hickox
The Naked & Famous + SHELLS
Anthrax + The Raven Age
Steel Panther’s Valentine’s Hangover Celebration
Trivium + Sikth + SHVPES
Album Review: Dreadzone, ‘Dread Times’
Kings of Leon
Deaf Havana + Dinosaur Pile-Up + Dead!
Touché Amoré + Angel Du$t + Warm Thoughts
Julia Jacklin
Pet Shop Boys
White Lies
Dave Mason



elbow + C Duncan
Lady Leshurr
Ida Nielsen
X Japan
Outlines Festival 2017
The Fallen State + Departed + Liberty Lies
Album Review: Laura Marling ‘Semper Femina’
Glass Animals
Among The Echoes and Friends
ARW: An Evening of YES Music
Laura Marling + Ethan Johns with The Black Eyed Dogs
Áine Cahill + Nikhil D’souze


All Time Low + SWMRS + Waterparks
Lower Than Atlantis + ROAM + Hands Like Houses + Young Guns
Circa Waves + The Magic Gang + IN HEAVEN
The Stranglers + Ruts DC
Prog Rock Festival at Camp HRH
Emeli Sandé + Ray Blk
Hurray For The Riff Raff + The Higher Planes
The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music No2
An Interview with Matt Thomsom from The Amazons
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Mallory Knox + Lonely The Brave + Fatherson
Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit + Holly Holden Y Su Banda
The Lemon Twigs + Lo Moon + Shock Machine
Blossoms + Cabbage (NME Awards Tour)
Jens Lekman
Blackberry Smoke + Biters
Esprit D’Air + Bexatron + Lightscape + and These Thousand Hills
Bear’s Den



The Beat + The Selecter
New Model Army + Under A Banner
You Me At Six + Black Foxxes + Tonight Alive
The Amazons + Young Braves
10cc + Iain Hornal
Caro Emerald
The Magpie Salute
Bury Tomorrow + Crossfaith
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble + Batsch
Rick Astley + Earl
EP Review: Caro Emerald ‘Emerald Island’
Chelsea Wolfe
Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up & Rock
Ran ‘n’ Bone Man
The Kooks + Clean Cut Kid
Wilko Johnson + Mollie Marriott
Tom Hickox + Tim Dickinson
The Saw Doctors + Noelie McDonnell
Skinny Lister
Ed Sheeran + Anne Marie
John Grant
Russell Kane – ‘Right Man, Wrong Age’



Rat Boy + The Sherlock’s + High Tyde
PVRIS + Prides
Black Spiders
MIYAVI + Skies
Maximo Park + PINS
The Hot 8 Brass Band + Hackney Colliery Band
Charlotte Church
Imelda May
Angel Olsen + Tim Darcy
Jenny Eclair – ‘How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)’
Paul Rodgers
The Vamps + Sabrina Carpenter + New Hope Club + The Tide
Rich Hall’s Hoe Down
Gavin DeGraw
Sheryl Crow + C. Macleod
Echobelly + Jack Fletcher Band
Slam Dunk Festival 2017 Midlands
KISS + The Dives
The Staves + Mikaela Davis
Justin Sullivan + She Makes War



Wheatus + Mike Doughty
Milburn + Reverend and the Makers + Cabbage
Depeche Mode
Imagine Dragons + PHNX
Arcade Fire
Hanson + Lewis Watson
Bearwood Street Festival
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard + H. Hawkline
Guns n’ Roses
Coheed and Cambria + Dinosaur Pile-up
Circa Waves
Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens
Club Eskimo’s DEAN + MISO + 2xxx! + SAAY
Dropkick Murphys
Rainbow + Sweet
Cheap Trick
Ani Difranco + Chastity Brown
Phil Collins (BST)
elbow + Steve Mason



Welcome to The North
Picnic In The Park
A Beautiful Day Out with The Levellers + The Waterboys + Billy Bragg + Dreadzone + Beoga
Radiohead + Oliver Coates + Junun
Benjamin Booker + Cow Bell
Gogol Bordello + The Living End
Linkin Park
bluedot Festival
Blink-182 + Frank Turner + The Front Bottoms
The Killers + elbow + Tears For Fears + White Lies + Mew (BST)
U2 + Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers + Stevie Nicks (BST)
Let’s Rock London!
The Stanley Clarke Band
Star Shaped Festival



Rewind North: 80s Festival
Manic Street Preachers + The Cribs + Public Service Broadcasting + Dream Wife + The Old Pink House
The Mekons + Pill Fangs + Vukovar
​Regina Spektor
The Flaming Lips + Public Service Broadcasting
Boardmasters Music Festival 2017
Summer Breeze Open Air 2017 (Pt 1)
Summer Breeze Open Air 2017 (Pt 2)
V Festival 2017
Maddie & Tae + Frankie Davies
Victorious Festival
Album Review: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard & Mild High Club, ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’
South West Four (SW4) Festival
Camper Calling Festival
X Ambassadors + Minke
Album Review: Reverend and the Makers ‘The Death of a King’
Album Review: Starsailor ‘All This Life’



Moseley Folk Festival 2017
Album Review: Deer Tick ‘Vol.1’ & Deer Tick ‘Vol 2’
Album Review: Candice Gordon ‘Garden of Beasts’
The Psychedelic Furs + Lene Lovich
Elvana: Elvis fronted Nirvana + Skull
OnBlackheath Festival 2017
Festival No.6 2017
John Legend + Jack Savoretti
Album Review: Richard Thompson ‘Acoustic Rarities’
DAY 1: Beyond The Tracks Festival
DAY 2: Beyond The Tracks Festival
DAY 3: Beyond The Tracks Festival
Gary Delaney: There’s Something About Gary
Album Review: Prawn ‘Run’
The Big Moon + Get Inuit + Babe Punch
Tom Grennan + Lily Moore + Rocky Nti
Rae Morris
Milton Jones ‘Is Out There’



Album Review: Slaughter Beach, Dog – ‘Birdie’
Album Review: Pale Honey ‘Devotion’
BBC Music Introducing
DJ Shadow
Tori Amos + Bell X1
Album Review: Avalon (EP) by Gabrielle Aplin
Papa Roach + Hoo99o9
Squeeze + 9 Below Zero
I Love the 90s
Thy Art Is Murder + After the Burial


Beverley Knight + DJ Munro + YolanDa Brown + Josh Daniel
Isaac Gracie
Album Review: Carry Fire by Robert Plant
Paul Chowdhry + Julian Deane
Dua Lipa
Michael Kiwanuka + Bedouine
Marc Almond
Starsailor + Alex Francis + Paves
Public Service Broadcasting
Richard Thompson + Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
The Waterboys + Sophie Morgan
Reel Big Fish
Zara Larsson + Taya


London Grammar + Lo Moon
The Horrors + Baba Naga
Clean Cut Kid + Marsican + Callum Beattie
Weezer + The Orwells
Aimee Mann + Jonathan Coulton
The Pigeon Detectives + Little Comets + The Clause
Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again!
My Name Is Prince Exhibition
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club + Restavrant
Midge Ure + The Christians + Altered Images
Metallica + Kvelertak



Tina Guo
First Aid Kit
Gig Junkies Chat with Matt Lowell from Lo Moon
Clean Bandit + Ella Eyre + Starley
Cradle of Filth
Album Review: Lonely The Brave – Things Will Matter (Redux)
ABC + Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Jake Bugg + Scott Bugg & The Vital Few
Lucy Rose
Justin Sullivan + Timothy Parkes


Alison Moyet + Hannah Peel
Blondie + Mustang
Billy Bragg + Sean McGowan
The Lemon Twigs + Flyte
BBC Radio 1 Xtra Live
Herbie Hancock
The Killers + Alex Cameron
The War On Drugs
Run The Jewels + Danny Brown
Alice Cooper
Deaf Havana + Blackfoxxes + Decade
Steve Lamacq


The Slow Readers Club + Desperate Journalist
Little Mix
Deep Purple + Europe
Mr Big + The Answer
Enter Shakiri
Depeche Mode + RE-Tros
Pussy Riot
Lost Horizons + Dog in the Snow
Average White Band + DJ Lubi + Gip Damone
Opeth + Enslaved
The Divine Comedy + Jealous of the Birds
Bad Touch + Mollie Marriott
Hookworms + Game_Program


Howard Jones + Dan Burton
Skinny Lister + Beans On Toast
The Darkness + Blackfoot Gypsies
Every Time I Die + Comeback Kid + Knocked Loose + Higher Power
Jesca Hoop + Lucas Oswald
Northlane + Erra + Invent, Animate
Mark Lanegan + Duke Garwood + Joe Cardamone
Scouting For Girls + Ben McKelvey



Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Basement + Ecca Vandal
Electric Dreams Weekender
Mastodon + Red Fang + Russian Circles
Marilyn Manson
Nothing More + In Search of the Sun + Psycho Village
The Kerrang! Tour ft. The Amity Affliction + Boston Manor + Vukovi + Casey
Ho99o9 + Kate Mo$$
UB40 + Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys
Ellie Goulding
Liam Gallagher
Pictish Trail + Monoganon
The Prodigy
Gogol Bordello + Lucky Chops
Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band + Kev Orkian + Galleon Blast
Five Finger Death Punch + In Flames + Of Mice and Men
HIM + Biters


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