Goodbye 2015, our hearts may be battered, but we’re still keen… (Happy holidays from TGTF!)

By on Thursday, 24th December 2015 at 5:00 pm

For my editor round-up of the best albums of 2015, go here. I also go into detail on my opinion of the state of the live music industry as shown this year in this post.

We’re gotten through another year, and gotten through it with heavy hearts. This year we had to contend with the newly branded with leathers Mumford and Sons headlining Reading and Leeds, and just yesterday, Ke$ha has premiered her new band, Yeast Infection (you can’t make this stuff up). On the much more serious side of things, our industry suffered a great tragedy in November in Paris when innocent music lovers were lost at the hands of religious zealots (I touched briefly on this here on TGTF the Monday after). As much as I dislike the direction U2 have gone in recent years, you have to give Bono props for addressing these senseless killings in song.

It has to be said, again and again, that the terrible actions of a few do not represent the majority, whose hearts are in the right place.

There’s a lot in this world that doesn’t make sense. But as positive thinkers say, keep putting positivity out in the world, and such positivity will come back to you. I am buoyed with word that vinyl sales are now stronger than ever, and not only people who grew up with 45s are the ones buying them. There rarely goes a few days now when I’m not invited to the latest vinyl fair. (BTW, in case you were wondering, TGTF Towers still does not have a working record player, so if any good people out there want to buy me something nice after all these years of being editor here, you’re welcome to. Ha.)

Millennials – who, because their eyes are permanently fixed on their smartphones, have been blasted for having no social skills (and yet they have no idea this is happening- are proving to be some of the most excited people at gigs I attend, and they’re the ones with allowances that can be spent on new music and t-shirts. As annoying as some of them might be, being pushy and shove-y down the front at the barrier, shouting high pitched in the street for One Direction or Ed Sheeran, and as hard as it might be swallow this nugget of truth, they’re the ones we have look to, to keep music alive. Have a thought on that this Christmas when you’re putting out the bins and you see a kid skipping down the street, in impossibly tight jeans, listening to music with headphones on. Sorry to point out the obvious, but that kid was once you.

Let’s make a commitment to go into this new year with peace and light. Happy Christmas to you and yours. Thank you to everyone who has supported this site this year and in years past, whether you’re a reader, band, PR, manager or anyone else involved in this crazy, yet always beguiling world we call the music business. We’ll see you back here in January.

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