Swinging into top spot was arguably the greatest animated film I have ever had the pleasure to see and it only came out a few weeks ago. Seriously, if you’re reading this and unsure whether to drop into your multiplex close the computer screen, get to the cinema and thank me later. It’s jaw-droppingly great.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
- Mission: Impossible – Fallout
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Black Kkklansman
- Black Panther
- Bohemian Rhapsody
- Creed II
- The Death of Stalin
- Ghost Stories
Testament to how little space there is on my record shelves, I have physical copies of only half of this years top ten. Shameful I know, especially when I have one of the greatest record shops in the land on my doorstep in Beartree Records. In the case of top spot, I may have gone overboard with three yet this is what happens when my favourite band decides to open an exclusive shop in town. Even before hearing the album I had gold, silver and cassette copies but it took an evening in the bath for the long-player to finally hit home. Some albums just need a bit of dedication and judging by the critical reception that gold copy will remain unopened.
- Arctic Monkeys – Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino
- Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel
- Goat Girl – Goat Girl
- Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo In Blue
- Miles Kane – Coup de Grace
- Parquet Courts – Wide Awake
- Dream Wife – Dream Wife
- Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
- Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears
- Hinds – I Don’t Run
There are some TV shows that are considered compulsive viewing. Not simply for plot twists but because you appreciate that most of the country has already seen it and you don’t want to miss out. That was the case with Killing Eve where I would see the show mentioned by friends on social media, then websites. Before long I had recognised Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh before even settling down to watch it. Sadly I devoured it in the space of a week. I am willing to argue that Bandersnatch is neither a film nor a TV show, it’s something uniquely brilliant that I have spent years wondering if it was ever possible (nice one, Charlie Brooker)
- Killing Eve
- Atlanta (S2)
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
- The Haunting of Hill House
- Narcos: Mexico
- Making A Murderer: Part 1
- The Handmaid’s Tale (S2)
- Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema
- Sunderland ‘Til I Die
- Luther (S1 – 4)
Yes. I’m counting theatre and live orchestras alongside concerts.
Yes. Having seen Hamilton I now fully appreciate the hype (as does the lucky girl who got my spare ticket as I may have made her entire year).
Yes. More bands need to visit Sheffield.
Yes. I probably need to go to the theatre more often.
- Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre, London
- Arctic Monkeys at Sheffield Arena
- Game of Thrones Live at Manchester Arena
- Wolf Alice at Manchester Victoria Warehouse
- My Dad Wrote A Porno at Sheffield City Hall
- Goat Girl at Picture House Social, Sheffield
- Flight Of The Conchords at Manchester Arena
- Courtney Barnett at Manchester Academy
- Sunflower Bean at Leeds Festival
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
I really do need help. That my top two podcasts of the year centre on porn and murder indicates that I really have a depraved mind. Strangely, both have mentioned each other during the year as if both appreciate the same disturbed set of listeners. It’s not just me!
- My Dad Wrote A Porno
- S’laughter: True Crime Podcast
- Distraction Pieces
- Reasons To Be Cheerful
- The Totally Football Show
- The Cinemile
- Football Weekly
- United We Stand Podcast
- The Adam Buxton Podcast
- Myths and Legends