2018 was quite a good year for me. A festival, quite a few gigs and a couple of discoveries that will stay with me forever.
It was also a record year for Scrobbling and perhaps no surprise that one of my discoveries tops my play charts by quite a long shot. Below are some of the highlights.
The year started with one of my most consistently listened-to artists Steven Wilson. No photos from that gig, but what a show again. I also have tickets already for this February – almost a year to the day since the last time I saw him.
Tuska was the highlight of the summer. Some great bands and the discovery of Ihsahn. Very dark with poetic lyrics, his music is quite shouty at times but I really, really like it. He is also in Emporer who were also playing at Tuska, but I’m not really a fan of them.
Towards the end of the year, there was the fantastic Hardcore Superstar who was supported by another new-to-me band called Smash Into Pieces. I’ve been listening to them a lot, so check them out on Spotify or other streaming services.
As well as listening to Smash Into Pieces a lot I got to see them again shortly after my first viewing when they supported Within Temptation. This was a really good gig again. I do like WT though they will never be Nightwish.
Speaking of which, my last show was Nightwish. I love them to bits. This was the final show of their Decades tour so they were playing many songs for potentially the last time.
It was an emotional night as they said goodbye to one of their crew of 19 years. And as it was their final show they seemed quite relaxed – the highlight during one quieter moment Floor & Tuomas were drinking wine together by his keyboard.
So a pretty good year, 2019 promises to be just as good, if not better, with Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains & Tuska Festival tickets bought already with a few more events in the planning phase.
Keep on Rockin!!!