Whilst the gap between the best and worst albums of the year was perhaps as vast as it’s been in recent times, Australia was spoilt for live music in 2011.
Internationally, with the dollar as strong as its ever been, acts were seemingly falling over themselves to tour here – even if that meant re-forming. And boy did they cash in, with Australian ticket prices soaring off into the stratosphere.
2010: Manic Street Preachers – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
2009: U2 – Rose Bowl, Los Angeles
2008: Arcade Fire – The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
The trend looks like continuing into at least mid-2012. Whilst Australian festivals had a ridiculously bad year in 2011, tours by artists in their own right were superb.
Of course there were some shockers too. So read on, and disagree with my best (and worst) gigs of 2011…
Possibly fed by some crazy notion that anyone else gives a damn what I think, here’s the first of a few end of year lists. Whilst realising that this list rates just below a Grammy award and a fair way above an ARIA to artists, managers and publicists alike, there’s still a palpable level of anticipation out there in the music community. Isn’t there?
2010: Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation
2009: Manic Street Preachers – Journal For Plague Lovers
Oh well. It wouldn’t be fair on them to withhold this list any longer. Here are my favourite albums of 2011…