2016 in review: Top gigs and albums of the year

My Top 10 gigs of 2016

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10. Band of Horses – Forum – 24 July

Rounding out my list is one from my 16 in 2016 hopefuls. Always a favourite, Band of Horses played a super fun show with a wicked set list.

9. Matt Corby – Palais – May

I expected this show to be good, but was really surprised at how entrancing the tunes were. It was a strange, but consequently very memorable, show. Corby was simultaneously engaging (that voice) but entirely switched off from the crowd.

8. Jordie Lane – Gaso – 18 March

Every show Jordie does is tops. This one stood out as the first showcasing his awesome Gassellland songs and the ditching of the hat – a new era 😛

7. Lianne La Havas – Howler – 8 December

This show was just Lianne and a guitar and it was perfect. She is such a charismatic performer, loves the crowd and engages like few others can.

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6. Brian Wilson – 3 April

This show was great for the sheer brilliance of its set list. Brian left his performance peak behind him a long, long time ago, but with a huge band and fellow Beach Boy Al Jardine at his side, a performance of 38 (!) classics was still damn impressive. Pop music has a lot to thank him for.

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5. Coldplay – Etihad – 9 December

It has to land in the list, but putting it any higher is just unfair given what monumental amounts of money went into this show. Coldplay are the stadium band of this generation and there was so much going on in this performance – runways, hidden stages, confetti explosions, fireworks, lasers, a glowing crowd… oh, and a few tunskis – it’s impossible to forget it.

4. Montaigne – Corner – 13 October

I could possibly throw Montaigne into the list twice, she’s that good live (and the twitchy-light-fest of ‘In the Dark’ at Howler was super rad), but I’ll stick with the best I saw her in 2016. Riding high on her debut and Aria noms, this was a set brimming with confidence, stellar dance moves and that amazing voice. Montaigne will be one of those “remember when she still played club shows…” kind of acts.

3. Kate Miller-Heidke and TSO – Odeon Theatre – 18 January

An interstate sojourn for a gig  right back at the start of the year. The entirety of this gig was great, but I could rate it so highly on Kate’s performance of ‘Where?’ from The Rabbits alone. Wow. Always fun and engaging, Kate’s songs lend themselves super well to an orchestra and the TSO did them serious justice.

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2. Bon Iver – Sydney Opera House – 29 May

A year ago I put together a list of 16 acts I wanted to see in 2016, which included two or three big calls. One of them – Bon Iver – actually happened and I was damn stoked about it. Not only that, it was my first concert at the Sydney Opera House. The show was experimental, clever and beautiful, a kind unlike anything else I’ve seen.

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1. Leon Bridges – Forum – 19 July

Every now and then there’s a show where everything aligns – the atmosphere and act colliding in a performance that just stands out from the rest. Leon Bridges is all kinds of performer: soulful, playful, magnetic, classy. His band is divine and his songs are so, so much fun. And all of that culminated at Melbourne’s finest venue for my favourite gig this year.

My Top 10 albums of 2016

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10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – This Unruly Mess I’ve Made

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9. M83 – Junk

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8. Aurora – All My Demons Greeting Me As Friends

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7. Bon Iver – 22, A Million

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6. Ngaiire – Blastoma

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5. Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math

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4. Andrew Bird – Are You Serious?

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3. Emma Louise – Supercry

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2. Montaigne – Glorious Heights

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1. Jordie Lane – Glassellland

2016 Quiz

You’ve got a week left of work (unless you’re lucky enough to have finished already…) Time to have a look back at 2016 and wonder where the time went.

Answers available below (but don’t go cheating!)

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News and entertainment quiz

1. In January, which film overtook Avatar to become the highest ever grossing film in the US and Canada?

2. What cost did Australia Post raise in January?

3. In February, at the 88th annual academy awards, what won best picture?

4. And at the Grammys, also in February, what won album of the year?

5. In April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes a set of 11.5 million confidential documents providing detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies. What were the papers named?

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6a. For 1 point, which country won the 2016 Eurovision contest in May?

6b. For 2 points, what was the singer’s name?

6c. For 3 points, what was the name of the song?

6d. Who came second?

6e. And with what song?

In June, a significant tunnel was completed in Europe following two decades of construction.

7a. For 3 points, what was the tunnel called?

7b. For 2 points, what country was it in?

7c. For 1 point, what was so special about it?

8. An autopsy in June revealed what cause for Prince’s death?

9. Why did 10,000 people gather at a street party in front of Buckingham Palace on 12 June?

10. In July, NASA’s June spacecraft entered orbit around which planet?

11. In July, Solar Impulse 2 was the first aircraft of its king to circumnavigate the Earth. What was so special about it?

12. In July, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced a statewide ban on what?

13. The most used emoji, globally, was revealed in July. What was it?

14. 30% of Russian athletes were rules ineligible to compete at the Olympics. What percentage of Russian athletes were ruled ineligible to complete at the Paralympics?

15. Who is this and what Olympic event did she compete in?

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16. What was the name of the main Olympic stadium in Rio, where the opening ceremony was held?

17. What was significant about Joseph Schooling’s 100m butterfly gold medal?

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18. In what event was Fiji’s first ever Olympic gold medal won?

19. Which Olympian got into strife for telling porkies about being held up at a convenience stall?

20. Name the Rio Olympic and Paralympic mascots, pictured here.

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21. Malcolm Turnbull said this: “Which heads roll, where and when, will be determined once the review is complete” about what major stuff up in August?

22. Along with its iPhone7, what product was announced by Apple in August?

23. What record did the month of August break this year?

24. What is happening here?

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25. Which Australian actor won an Emmy in September for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series?

26. And for what series?

27. Also Emmys related, Game of Thrones won three Emmy Awards to become the most successful narrative series of all time, beating the record previously held by what show?

28. Australian man Mark Tromp made news in September. Why?

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29. In October, NSW Premier Mike Baird back flipped on a statewide ban on what?

30. Why was Samsung in strife in October this year?

31. Corrections Minister Steve Herbert was in trouble for doing what in October?

32. What television series, launched in November, was labelled the most expensive series ever produced?

33. What was awarded to Bob Dylan in November?

34. What political news surprised New Zealand in the first week of December?

2016 Face blocks

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2016 – RIP

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Answers

  1. In January, which film overtook Avatar to become the highest ever grossing film in the US and Canada? Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  2. What cost did Australia Post raise in January? The basic postage rate from 70 cents to $1
  3. In February, at the 88th annual academy awards, what won best picture? Spotlight
  4. And at the Grammys, also in February, what won album of the year? 1989 Taylor Swift
  5. In April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung publishes a set of 11.5 million confidential documents providing detailed information on more than 214,000 offshore companies. What were the papers named? Panama Papers
  6. Eurovision
    1. For 1 point, which country won the 2016 Eurovision contest in May? Ukraine
    2. For 2 points, what was the singer’s name? Jamala
    3. For 3 points, what was the name of the song? 1944
    4. Who came second? Dami Im, Australia
    5. And with what song? Sound of Silence
  7. In June, a significant tunnel was completed in Europe following two decades of construction.
    1. For 3 points, what was the tunnel called? The Gotthard Base Tunnel
    2. For 2 points, what country was it in? Switzerland
    3. For 1 point, what was so special about it? Longest and deepest railway tunnel
  8. An autopsy in June revealed what cause for Prince’s death? Overdose of fentanyl
  9. Why did 10,000 people gather at a street party in front of Buckingham Palace on 12 June? To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
  10. In July, NASA’s June spacecraft entered orbit around which planet? Jupiter
  11. In July, Solar Impulse 2 was the first aircraft of its king to circumnavigate the Earth. What was so special about it? Solar powered
  12. In July, NSW Premier Mike Baird announced a statewide ban on what? Greyhound racing
  13. The most used emoji, globally, was revealed in July. What was it? The birthday cake
  14. 30% of Russian athletes were rules ineligible to compete at the Olympics. What percentage of Russian athletes were ruled ineligible to complete at the Paralympics? 100%
  15. (PIC) Who is this and what Olympic event did she compete in? Simone Biles, gymnastics
  16. What was the name of the main Olympic stadium in Rio, where the opening ceremony was held? Maracana Stadium
  17. (PIC) What was significant about Joseph Schooling’s 100m butterfly gold medal? First ever gold medal for Singapore
  18. In what event was Fiji’s first ever Olympic gold medal won? Rugby 7s
  19. Which Olympian got into strife for telling porkies about being held up at a convenience stall? Ryan Lochte
  20. (PIC) Name the Rio Olympic and Paralympic mascots, pictured here [PIC]. Vinicius (left), the mascot of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and Tom (right), the mascot of the 2016 Summer Paralympics
  21. Malcolm Turnbull said this: “Which heads roll, where and when, will be determined once the review is complete” about what major stuff up in August? The Census
  22. Along with its iPhone7, what product was announced by Apple in August? Apple Watch 2
  23. What record did the month of August break this year? Hottest August on record and 16th ‘hottest on record’ month in a row.
  24. (PIC) What is happening here? Richie and Alex having chocolate bath on the Bachelor
  25. Which Australian actor won an Emmy in September for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? Ben Mendelsohn
  26. And for what series? Bloodline
  27. Also Emmys related, Game of Thrones won three Emmy Awards to become the most successful narrative series of all time, beating the record previously held by what show? Frasier
  28. (PIC) Australian man Mark Tromp made news in September. Why? He was the father of the crazy disappearing family
  29. In October, NSW Premier Mike Baird back flipped on a statewide ban on what? Greyhound racing
  30. Why was Samsung in strife in October this year? Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blowing up
  31. Corrections Minister Steve Herbert was in trouble for doing what in October? Chauffeuring his dogs
  32. What television series, launched in November, was labelled the most expensive series ever produced? The Crown
  33. What was awarded to Bob Dylan in November? The Nobel Prize in Literature.
  34. What political news surprised New Zealand in the first week of December? John Key resigned

 

2016 Face blocks

Singers: Beyonce, Sia, Robbie Williams, Drake

Actors: Margot Robbie, Amy Adams, Emilia Clarke, Melissa McCarthy

Actors: Leonardo Di Caprio, Ben Afleck, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp

Aussie pollies: Bob Katter, Derryn Hinch, Pauline Hanson, DJ Albo

Pokemon: Poliwag, Meowth, Pidgey, Bulbasaur

Game of Thrones characters: Danaerys, Sansa, Tyrion, Cersei

Global pollies (and Trump): Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Barack Obama, Donald Trump