2017 was a pretty intense year all around, but there was still time for lots of music. For me personally, it included covering bands that I had never dreamed I'd get to photograph, crossing many entries off from my bucket list of artists to see, and even traveling overseas for several festivals. Choosing the "best" shows from among the numerous ones that I attended and covered for ChunkyGlasses was a daunting task, not least because I'm pretty selective about which shows I'll even do, meaning that I rarely see a bad one. Still, there were several that definitely stood out as being the best of the best. Here are my picks for my top ten shows (and festivals) of this year.
If it surprises you to hear that British folk music can sell out the 9:30 Club, you probably weren’t there on Friday night. That night the room was transformed into an English folk club – or at least as close as the design of the venue would allow – as three singers took to the stage to perform for a packed crowd of fans.
Opening the show was Marika Hackman, playing songs from her debut album, We Slept at Last. She was followed by actor-turned-musician Johnny Flynn, performing a solo set of songs from his three albums. Though he has recently appeared to be concentrating more on his acting (since releasing his most recent album Country Mile in 2013, he has appeared in the British sitcom Scrotal Recall and the movie Song One, amongst other roles), he played one new, as-of-yet untitled song mid-set. To round out his set, he was joined by Laura Marling for their duet on his song “The Water” (easily one of the highlights of the night), and then the pair were joined by Hackman and by Marling’s band to perform a raucous sing-along of “Tickle Me Pink” from Flynn’s debut album A Larum.