End of 2015: The Round Up

It’s that time of year – the best bits, the round ups, the who did what and when and how great it was. Popped Music has had an incredible year this year and so it only seems right to take a look back at some of our favourite moments and hope that 2016 is going to be even better!

Editor’s Picks:

A very tough one to do this year. I’ve made it a priority to see as many live performances as possible. I’ve seen just under 400 live performances in 2015, listened to thousands of new tracks, hundreds of new bands and spent far too much time hitting repeat. But here’s my picks of 2015. At least for today!

Thanks so much for reading Popped I really do mean it when I say I love you for it. Myself and my writers love what we do and put a lot of personal time and effort into it so thank you thank you thank you – see you on the flip side!

Happy New Year!

Elena Katrina



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Bear’s Den – Gorilla, Manchester – February
Nubiyan Twist – Constellations, Threshold Festival,  Liverpool – March
Buena Vista Social Club, The Philharmonic, Liverpool – April
Cavalry – Sound City, Liverpool – May
Seafret – The Holy Trinity Church, Leeds – May
The Maccabees – The Ritz, Manchester – May
Bjork -Manchester – July
Foals, Leeds Festival – August
Black Honey – Studio 2, Liverpool – OctoberClean Cut Kid – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool – December


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Everything Everything
Amber Run


Leeds Festival – highlights: John Joseph Brill, Vitamin, The Big Moon, Clean Cut Kid

Beatherder – highlights: MT Wolf, Palace, Arctic Lake

Threshold – highlights: Nubiyan Twist, Soul Rays, Lyons and La Zel


Tips for 2016 can be found HERE!

Contributors’ Picks:


Best gig: Blur at the Barras (I kinda really wanted to go for the Libertines at the Glasgow Academy, but I picked them last year…)
Best festival: Leeds
Best album: Muse – Drones
Best new band: Tijuana Bibles

Tips For 2016: Baby Strange, White, Tijuana Bibles


Best gig: People Under the Stairs, Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Best festival: Didn’t get to go to one this year!

Best album: Multi-Love – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Best new band: Nao

Tips for 2016: Mourn, Eliza Shaddad, Yak


Best gig: The Charlatans, Castlefield Bowl,
Best album: Courtney Barnet – Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit.
Best new band: Cupids.


Best gig: WAND at End of the road festival, secret set!
Best festival: End of the road festival
Best album: Father John Misty -I love you, Honeybear
Best new band: The Baltic States

Tips for 2016: The Baltic States, The Big Moon,


Best gig: Heavenly 25 at The Kazimier
Best festival: Liverpool Sound City
Best album: Nathaniel Rateliffe and The Night Sweats’ eponymous debut
Best new band: Clean Cut Kid

Tips for 2016: The Vryll Society, Youth Club, John Joseph Brill


Best gig: New Order at Olympia Best Festival: Kendal Calling
Best album: Peace – Happy People
Best new band: Vant

Tips for 2016: Pretty Vicious, Vryll Society, The Big Moon (or Youth Club – I’m undecided)


Listen to the Contributor’s Tips for 2016 playlist:


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