You may have noticed that as it’s December, we are divulging into the world of end of the year listicles.

Listicles are somewhat easier to read than your normal article, so you can thank us for that. But when all is said and done, this one is something a bit different. Our crack team of like, 12 people, have come forward to announce their favourite gigs of 2016.

Now you would be right in thinking that this list is mostly new bands, but some of them are fairly big, most of them were no doubt a bit raucous. From the sweaty, to the super, here are the gigs that we thought were the best of 2016…

Sam Meaghan

The Big Moon at The 100 Clubeveryone was gurning and it was great to watch considering I was on my own. 

Shannon Carragher

Blaenavon at Dingwalls on May 26thmy favourite little dingy venue in London, sweaty but so wonderful, they had so much energy

Lee Vincent

*Circa Waves at Omeara, London – Tiny venue and it was the first show they played new material at.

Vant at The Haunt, Brighton – Wasn’t long after Trump so Mattie had loads to say and the crowd was just mental

*this has been edited. Lee said it was “Lit” at first. Idiot.

Samantha Daly

Bands4Refugees at Kamio, Londonwas pretty special + for a good cause so can’t really beat that. 

Sam Tucker

High Tyde @ The Joiners – unreal live band with great live material, support was deece was well (Dive in, HOWLAND).

*Club CloseUp every month at Hoxton Square Bar – They are all so good I just can’t decide which one. Must be organised by some diamond fella. 

*Sam Tucker is the person behind Club CloseUp. Yes he did make this suggestion.

Ross Crane

Fat White Family at Brixton academy – It was as disgusting as I dreamed.

Dan Pare

Marching Church at The Green Door Storetiny venue + cold Danish showmanship… Was good.

Leaharen Russo

Tame Impala at Manchester Arena

Foals at Manchester Arena

Scarlett India O’Toole

Sundara Karma at East Village Arts Club, Liverpooltheir stage presence has improved so much since I last saw them, they played a lot of their old stuff rather than just promoting their new songs and the crowd was just so energetic from the start.

Oli Williams 

Mayday Parade at the Troxy, Jimmy Eat World at The Forum, Black Foxxes at the Boston Music Room, Dead! at Livingston Studios, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bring Me The Horizon at the Royal Albert Hall, Nothing But Thieves @ Brixton, Sundara Karma @ Heaven, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON 

Fearghal Conroy

Catholic Action at Old Blue Last (22nd September)Great energy on stage and the lead singer was hilariously deadpan and the bassist started on my mate thinking he was staring at his girlfriend.