Gig Junkies Year in Review 2018

Posted by Bianca on Monday Dec 31, 2018 Under Gig Junkies Review, Music News, Various


Re-visiting our catalogue of 2018 gigs, us Gig Junkies have recorded another memorable year in music and cultivated a photographic collection of musical events we couldn’t help but flick back through…

Honoured by the presence of A-listers and hard rock legends, Hollywood Vampires, where a dashing Johnny Depp meets shock rocker Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s lead guitarist Joe Perry, we’ve been witness to the super groups entrancing showmanship and tributes to late rock stars of the 1970’s.

CHIC & Nile Rodgers immortal talents brought together all demographics whilst their live-long songs got us all in the mood for a groove.

Rock idol Lenny Kravitz brought soul to the UK after four long years of anticipation, whilst smooth mover Lionel Ritchie brung 80’s soul funk to the stage.

Fusing literature with music, an unusual gig of the 2018 saw a brilliant Bill Murray charm us in an unseen before musical genre which could only be described as ‘art’.

World renown stars, Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Numan, Keifer Sutherland, Billy Idol and Sheryl Crow all graced Britain’s fans to undeniably incredible shows, we were fortunate to observe.

Whilst we thought that Summer 18 couldn’t get much better (or hotter) than the weather, rock idols Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton ignited London’s Hyde Park, and yes, we (can you believe it) were there to cover it!

Now, honoured to have witnessed three Hollywood actors embodying their musical personas, we joined another musical phenomenon when The Muppets (yes, Kermit, Miss Piggy and friends) created a colourful chaos our eyes just had to see.

Un-paralleled to any other act this year, Bastille’s Re-orchastrated tour was an echoic symphony that abstracted them from any other musical genre.

Capturing the new sounds of 2018, Norwegian beauty Sigrid, electrifying indie-pop group Pale Waves and a relatable husky vocalist Tom Walker have moved into our Spotify play-on-repeat lists.

Doing it for the girls, female solo artists Anne-Marie, Jorja Smith, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, Anna Calvi, Jess Glynne, Raye, Mabel and many more are creating brain infecting lyrics that are ridiculously contagious.

It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge a special moment for 5,000 fans of Anderson .Paak at London’s Brixton Academy when the one and only Dr Dre joined Paak on stage for a few songs sending the crowd into a frenzy!

Topping off our final gig of the year, the ever succeeding Wolf Alice finished on a high winning this year’s Mercury Prize and that’s it for our time capsule of music events for 2018.


Fall Out Boy
Celebrating David Bowie
The Bronx
A Tribute to Dave ‘Swarb’ Swarbrick
Album Review: The House by Porches
Louise Redknapp + Jerry Williams
Black Veil Brides + Asking Alexandria
Steel Panther + Inglorious
The Weather Station + Red River Dialect
Hollywood Undead + The One Hundred
Wand + East Sister
Möngöl Hörde + Good Tiger + Remote Viewing
Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer + Teddy Thompson
The Damned + Slim Jim Phantom

“Möngöl Hörde was just an insane gig full of maniacs in the pit! I’d waited years to see them and it was totally worth the wait.” – Cain Suleyman

“How can I choose between standing in a tiny 2ft space between fall out boy and 1000 screaming fans, many of which queued all night to see them play 5 songs, Bloc Party at ally pally – which was insane (possibly my favourite photos of the year), All Time Low where we saw them support themselves and play two sets at the NEC from some the best seats in the house or Feeder at Bristol O2 academy, it was a jam packed sing a long, and I fell in love with them all over again?” – Jessica Stone



Hot Snakes + Blood Red Shoes
Album Review: Technology by Don Broco
Album Review: Microshift by Hookworms
Highly Suspect
Nadine Shah + Life
The Mavericks
The Lovely Eggs + Porky the Poet + Mr Ben and the Bens
Album Review: Sleepwalkers by Brian Fallon
Rat Boy
Jorja Smith + Mahalia
Arch Enemy + Wintersun
Bowling For Soup + Aquabats + Army of Freshmen
The Chainsmokers + Sigma
HRH Metal 2018
Hell Is For Heroes + A + Vex Red
Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather + Dave Hause
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard + Mild High Club
Album Review: Love Is a Basic Need by Embrace
The Front Bottoms + The Smith Street Band + Brick and Mortar
Jake Bugg
Carnifex + Oceano + Aversions Crown

“Rat Boy at Brixton Academy for me! Mainly because Brixton Academy was on my bucket list of venues to shoot at and I finally got the chance to do so for the first time at this gig! I’ve ended up shooting there 3 more times this year so far too!” – Jeremy Carron



IAMX with Kat von D
Tom Misch + Poppy Ajudha
The Temperance Movement + Thomas Wynn & The Believers + Cellar Door Moon Crow
Tonight Alive + The Gospel Youth + ROAM
Pale Waves + Our Girl + Bloxx
Feeder ‘The Best of Tour’ + Tom Speight
Album Review: Only Human by Calum Scott
Moose Blood + The Dangerous Summer + Honey Lung
The Handsome Family + Drunken Prayer
Album Review: The Free Life by Turbowolf
Sigrid + Fred Well
At The Drive In + Death From Above
Belle and Sebastian + Julien Baker
Gary Numan (The Savage Tour Part 2) + Nightmare Air
Anderson .Paak
Turbowolf + Puppy
All Time Low + CREEPER
Jonathan Wilson
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Cannibal Corpse + The Black Dahlia Murder
Tom Grennan
Myles Kennedy
Rae Morris
Paloma Faith
Rews + You Dirty Blue + P.E.T
Album Review: Twentytwo In Blue by Sunflower Bean
Tom Walker
The Wombats + The Night Café + BLOXX
Sunflower Bean
George Ezra
Daphne & Celeste

“For me, reviewing and enjoying the whole Arcade Fire gig at wembley arena… and shooting Anderson .Paak, with Dr Dre doing a cameo. That was epic.” – Bimal Tailor



MØ + Anna of the North + Skott
Greta Van Fleet + The Second Sons
Carl Craig Synthesizer Ensemble
The Lurkers + Wasted Life + Litterbug
Tokio Myers
Everything Everything + Pumarosa
Girl Ray + Fake Laugh
Arcade Fire + Preservation Jazz Hall Band
The Vaccines
The Wonder Stuff + Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
Bastille Present Reorchestrated
Album Review: Bring It On (20th Anniversary Edition) by Gomez
Shonen Knife + The Hungry Ghosts + KOLARS
Code Orange + Employed To Serve + Chamber
Shame + Gurr
Trivium + Code Orange + Power Trip + Venom Prison
Ugly Kid Joe + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons + Yellowcake
Of Mice & Men + Wage War + Sylar
Joe Satriani’s G3 with John Petrucci + Uli Jon Roth
Theory of a Deadman
Gomez ‘Bring It On Anniversary Tour’ + John Smith
Love Music, Hate Racism: Kioko + Daddy G + Lady Sanity

“Pretty hard to say had so many highlights this year as I have crossed some major acts off the bucket list Evanescence, Trivium and Corey Taylor with Stone Sour not to mention a icon in Lenny Kravitz and a TV star in Kiefer Sutherland too! However if I was to pick a personal moment it would have to be Trivium as Matt Heafy was a major influence on me not only picking up a guitar and playing music in my younger years but helped me get into the metal genre at the time, not only that it has taken 3 or 4 attempts for me to actually get the chance to photograph them so hard work pays off!” – Jason Broadhurst

“Mine was photographing Ugly Kid Joe in Brighton back in April. I was the only photographer in the pit and about 20 seconds into the first song Whitfield Crane (frontman) invited me up on stage to photograph the rest of the 3 songs from there!” – Gili Dailes

“Bastille’s Reorchestrated tour was a favourite of mine, totally changing up their genre, this was something you felt like only a few people can say they witnessed!” – Francesca Prince

“Photographing Bastille on their reorchestrated tour is something I will never forget and treasure forever. The whole experience was pure magic. Being so close to the angel that is Dan Smith sent my heart racing. Experiencing them perform in a more intimate venue and listening to their stunning arrangements in orchestral forms that were so beautiful I cried… several times.” – Carolyn Brown



Bryde + Pip Hall
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Bryan Ferry
We Are Scientists + The Pale White
Manic Street Preachers
Album Review: For Now by DMA’S
Album Review: Revelation by Reef
Yo La Tengo
The Limiñanas + Girl Sweat + Lewsberg
The Vamps + Jacob Sartorius + New Hope Club + HRVY + PM
Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival 2018
Jungle + Rae Morris + Tom Tripp
Nap Eyes + Haley Heynderickx
The Bluetones
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls + The Homeless Gospel Choir
Ray LaMontagne + Freya Ridings
Wolfgang Flür + Peter Dugall + Virginia Wing and Xam Duo
Album Review: Perfume by Wand
Lower Than Atlantis + Boston Manor + The Faim
Rita Ora + Raye + Kara Marni
Charli 2na and Krafty Kuts + Otis Mensah
Jess Glynne
EP Review: Better Than That by James
James + Lanterns on the Lake
Britrock Must Be Destroyed Ft. Terrorvision + Reef + The Wildhearts
Miles Kane
Father John Misty + Edwyn Collins + Hookworms + The Orielles
Steps + Blue + Saara Aalto
DAY ONE – Common People Festival 2018
DAY TWO – Common People Festival 2018
Gig Junkies Chat with The New Power Generation
The Breeders + Pip Blom
James Bay

“Got to be James in Halifax, Rita Ora and Anna Calvi for me. James was a hometown gig (for me, and we don’t get many) they were just sublime and Tim Booth walking around the balcony was a sight to behold. Rita Ora cos it’s Rita Ora and I love Rita Ora and Anna Calvi because of the pure musicianship on display building from pin drop quiet to absolutely manic and it was just simply a stunning show.” – Frank Ralph

“Ray LaMontagne at Sheffield City Hall, which was just bliss from start to finish, just him and an acoustic guitar – his voice was off the chart.” – John Hayhurst



Lionel Richie + Anastacia
APE Presents 2018
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends Present: New Worlds
Laura Veirs + Amaroun
Jonathan Davis
The Bronx
HAIM + Maggie Rogers
Nouvelle Vague + Tim Keegan
NOFX + Snuff + Bad Cop Bad Cop
The Psychedelic Furs at Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival
Hollywood Vampires
Alice in Chains + Blood Red Shoes
Stone Sour + Nothing More
Pearl Jam
Low + Nadine Khouri
Lenny Kravitz + Curtis Harding
Sheryl Crow
Billy Idol + The Professionals
Travis + Turin Brakes
Kiefer Sutherland + Rick Brantley
Damian Jr Gong Marley + Christopher Ellis
Demi Lovato
Ben Howard + The Dead Tongues

“Hollywood Vampires! Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp baby! A cacophony of noise from start to finish. Totally immense in every way.” – Zak Edwards

“It’s been a great year of gigs, and we’ve been so blessed with some of the incredible names we’ve got to see and shoot. For me it’s also Hollywood Vampires. I mean, standing in front of Johnny Depp with my camera was like having an out of body experience! So surreal! But also musically they were immense and very very entertaining.” – Bianca Barrett

“Billy idol was awesome and so was Heaven 17. I’m an 80s girl at heart. I was lucky to be front row at H17 and was invited to the after show. Now that’s cool!” – Jasmine Storm



Ramblin’ Man Fair 2018
Steve Winwood + The Black Feathers
Innervisions Festival: Lalah Hathaway + Joel Culpepper
Innervisions Festival: Angie Stone + Tony Momrelle
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Roger Waters + Squeeze + Richard Ashcroft + Seasick Steve
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. The Cure + Interpol + Goldfrapp + Editors
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Eric Clapton + Santana + Steve Winwood + Gary Clark Jr
Innervisions Festival: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic + Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf
Somerset House Summer Series Ft. MGMT
Lucky Chops
Somerset House Summer Series Ft. Jorja Smith + Ezra Collective
The Muppets
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé + Van Morrison + Bananarama + The Feeling + The Shires
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Bruno Mars + Khalid + DNCE + Cuban Brothers
British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Paul Simon + James Taylor + Bonnie Raitt
The Sixth Lie
White Lies
Gig Junkies Chat with The New Power Generation’s Kip Blackshire
Y Not Festival 2018
Lunar Festival 2018
Black Star Riders + The Howling Tides

“Roger Waters at BST. Getting to shoot an icon from music who just so happens to be from my favourite band OF ALL TIME!!! Plus I walked away with a plethora of images im happy with. So… Win.” – Michael Sibbons

“Roger Waters at BST. A mesmerizing live show with great visuals and great support from Richard Ashcroft too.” – Ryan Beardsley



New Power Generation
The Wildhearts + Raging Speedhorn
Tragedy + 4Q + Dead Mob
Album Review: Coup De Grace by Miles Kane
Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers + JMSEY + Jordan Moore
RDE and Setting Son Records Presents The August Showcase Ft. LICE + The Lizards + The Hungry Ghosts + Whitelight
John Grant + Cate Le Bon
Liam Gallagher + Richard Ashcroft + Bugzy Malone + Twisted Wheel
Ocean Colour Scene + The Coral + The Bluetones + The Magic Numbers + Dodgy + Sheafs
Album Review: My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves
Qujaku + Kuunatic + The Contact High
Brian Wilson + Turin Brakes
Victorious Festival 2018
Electric Six + Arthur & the Invincibles + DSM4
South West Four 2018
Justin Timberlake
St. Vincent

“Tragedy! Not a big name but a metric f**kton of fun!” – Kat Storey

“New Power Generation was incredible. Having seen Prince four times in the past, it was really nostalgic for me. MacKenzie the new young lead singer was fantastic, but didn’t try to emulate Prince. He is just a whole new talent in himself.” – Cath Dupuy

“The Fever333 at the Islington academy – their first UK Headline show.” – Andy Watson

“Liam Gallagher at Old Trafford cricket ground. Sounded even better than the Oasis days!” – John McEvoy



Bingley Music Live 2018
Cool Britannia 2018
Moseley Folk Festival 2018
King Creosote + Aron Harper-Robinson
Incubus + Ecca Vandal
Ezra Furman
Jonathan Wilson
Garbage + Maxïmo Park + Honeyblood
Goat Girl + The Rebel
Janelle Monáe
Albert Hammond Jr
Wooden Shjips + The Lucid Dream
50 Cent
Biffy Clyro
Tash Sultana + The Pierce Brothers
Album Review: REDUXER by alt-J
Pale Waves + Swimming Girls
Halestorm + Avatar + Rews
Rex Orange County

“Bingley Music Live for me. Noel Gallagher, Spector, The Cribs Sheven and it was my first time attending BML. Cracking little festival. I would 100% go again.” – Rob Johnson

“Skinny Lister were brilliant at Moseley Folk Festival. This is a lovely festival to shoot with a friendly atmosphere. Skinny Lister are a great live band and a lot of fun to shoot. They really do audience participation well. Plus the sun was shining… bonus!” – Rob Hadley

“My GJ gig of the year was Janelle Monae. She sets the stage alight from the start, no need for a support as the atmosphere is from another planet when she comes to town. Her voice is heavenly and the power behind her raps as she spits out the lyrics gives Lauryn Hill a run for her money. She has came so far and evolved graciously over the last few years and there is so much more to come from her. Also loved Common People 2018, they put in so much effort for a festival, vibrant colours and the kiddies area is a magical little oasis. The common people staff were lovely and popping my interview cherry with my childhood legends.” – Hayley Clarke



Anna Calvi
Album Review: 7 Blood by Blair Jollands
Album Review: VI by You Me At Six
Neighbourhood Festival 2018
The Coral + She Drew The Gun + Cut Glass Kings
Graham Parker & The Goldtops + Jon Allen
Palaye Royal
Three Days Grace + Bad Wolves
Glenn Hughes
Toots and The Maytals + Captain Accident
BC Camplight + South Island Son + The Vanity Project
Tom Grennan + Elli Ingram + Everything is Imagined
The Daniel Wakeford Experience + Tricky Business + Jack Cattell
Maribou State + Skinny Pelembe
whenyoung + Haze
The Orb
Jorja Smith
The Parrots + The Hungry Ghosts + Creatures
Sir Cliff Richard
Level 42 + The Blow Monkeys
Coheed and Cambria + Chon
The Brian Jonestown Massacre + Jellyskin
Alexander O’Neal
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks + Girl Ray + Spinning Coin
Villagers + Billie Marten
Tom Walker
Black Peaks + Bossk + Gold Key
Paul Cherry + The Lizards + Cave Girl + Liquid Cheeks
Album Review: Live From The Ryman by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Ash + Death By Unga Bunga
Crossfaith + Blood Youth
Echo & the Bunnymen
Rudimental + Ray Blk + Olivia
Melvins + The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Bloc Party + Middle Kids
Bluesfest 2018 Ft. John Fogerty + Steve Miller Band + Jo Harman
Glenn Tilbrook
The Voidz + Promiseland
Enrique Iglesias + Beverley Knight
The Blinders + Calva Louise
Caro Emerald + Loren Nine
Skindred + Balls Deep + Last Hounds



The Feeling
RAYE + Kara Marni
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Less Than Jake + Reel Big Fish + Zebrahead + Suburban Legends
Parquet Courts + Music City
First Aid Kit + The Staves
Connan Mockasin
Killing Joke + Turbowolf + BlackWaters
Neko Case + Kathryn Joseph
Curtis Harding + ESKA
Slayer + Lamb of God + Anthrax + Obituary
Kurt Vile and The Violators + Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore
The Prodigy + H09909
Sam Fender + A Festival, A Parade
MC50 + Michael Monroe
Dashboard Confessional + Black Foxxes
Leon Bridges
The Decemberists
Tonight Alive ‘Fully Plugged’
Pip Blom + Haze
The Aces
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Wand + Darto
Tonight Alive ‘10th Anniversary Acoustic Show’
Rick Astley + Gabrielle
Greta Van Fleet + Goodbye June
Album Review: Look Now by Elvis Costello and The Imposters
Florence + the Machine + Wet
Jessie J
Boy George and Culture Club + Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey + Belinda Carlisle
Blackberry Smoke
Seth Lakeman + Harriet Rose Grant
Hinds + Sports Team
The Cat Empire + The Meltdown
Jess Glynne
Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Yuno
Courtney Barnett
Sunflower Bean + Jesse Jo Stark + Miya Folick
Listener + Hope + Coldbones
You Me At Six + Marmozets
Bring Me The Horizon + FEVER 333
The Japanese House + Art School Girlfriend
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
Paul Smith + Kathryn Williams
Mumford & Sons + Maggie Rogers
Heaven 17 ’35 Years of the Luxury Gap’
Years & Years

“Florence + the Machine for me she was a bucket list goal since I started photography in 2012 so finally getting to photograph her was something special to me; she’s so mesmerising to watch and has such grace.” – Sophie Jones

“For me it was Listener at the Bodega – emotional and honest with added trumpet.” – Lee Allen

“Photography-wise I think the gig I most enjoyed was Parquet Courts. A great live band and there was plenty going on. The band, in an enlightened way, allowed photographers to cover the whole gig from anywhere in the venue. That’s good as you can then get to capture the audience and the whole atmosphere of the gig and not just a posy bloke / woman with a guitar, which starts to get a bit boring.” – John Bentley

“Stairsailor. A band at the top of their game, loving every second of being up on that stage. A totally mesmerising performance.” – Simon Saynor

“First Aid Kit and The Staves in Newcastle, 2 bands and two sets of sisters, those harmonies!! Ahhhh….goosebumps every time I hear them.” – John Hayhurst

“So many highlights! It was a privilege to review the Clapton/Winwood/Santana at Hyde Park. The personal highlight for me was The Decemberists at Manchester’s Albert Hall. Unlike the aforementioned old rockers I barely knew who The Decemberists were… just a passing awareness of ‘The King Is Dead’ album. Two things were special about the evening. First an unfamiliar band were able to thoroughly engage me with their songs and open up a huge back catalogue to explore and enjoy (‘The Crane Wife’ album is particularly good). Second, they exuded a theatricality, sense of occasion and sheer entertainment which is sadly lacking among so many ‘rock’ performers.” – Andrew Lindsay



The Good, the Bad & the Queen + Trevor Ravens
The Alarm + Ryan Hamilton
Blossoms + Sam Fender + Fuzzy Suns
All Saints + Jetta
The Wildhearts
The Magpie Salute
Ocean Colour Scene + Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Miles Kane
August Burns Red + Wage War + Betraying the Martyrs
Luke Sital-Singh + Violetta Zironi
Young Fathers + Petite Noir
Bury Tomorrow
The War On Drugs
Mercury Rev + Nicole Atkins
Lily Allen
DMA’s + Neon Waltz
Nile Rodgers & CHIC
Clutch + The Picturebooks + The Inspector Cluzo
Wolf Alice

“Young Fathers was the best gig I’ve been too this year. They released the album of the year and most of the songs I’d consider to be the best of the year.” – Cain Suleyman

“Has to be The Good The Bad and the Queen for me. Not only was the gig perfect in every way, but booking a last min trip to dodgy old Blackpool made it extra memorable. Never thought I’d get to shoot Damon Albarn, so it was a complete dream come true. A weekend I’ll never forget.” – Robert Barrett

“Miles Kane is such a treat to see on stage, he’s incredible live, a proper bona fide rock star.” – Bianca Barrett


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