2011 in Review #7: TMF's most-read gig reviews

Oh, you love a bit of unfettered pop, you do - especially if there's some nice photos to site alongside them there words. Which is why, for the most part, the most-read gig features we ran this year were for the acts from the glitzier end of the musical spectrum, where a bit of lippy and eyeliner can turn the mediocre into the magical, and the plain into princesses. But that's Black Veil Brides for you. Boom, and if you'll do me the honour, tish.

Click on the band / venue name to go to the original feature. There will be a short quiz at the end, so make some notes.

Westlife - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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Photo by Steven Burnett

There's not much to say when a musical juggernaut like Westlife announce they're coming to the end of a remarkable career. Who will take their place as the purveyors of that predictable climactic key-change? Who will step in to secure the livelihoods of British stool manufacturers? We may laugh, but others are not laughing. No, they are chuckling. Chuckling because they have Swiss bank accounts and the ability to call it a day while at the top of their game, while we don't even know what the game is - nevermind how to play it.

Jessie J - Manchester Academy

Jessie J

Photo by Mike Gray

We heard Jessie J on Dermot O'Leary's Saturday radio show and, although it was a low-key acoustic session, she was doing all those vocal tics and shout-outs to the crowd as if she was in Filey for a Radio 1 Roadshow. It was just the oddest thing we heard all year.

Boyzone - Cardiff International Arena

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Photo by Steven Burnett

One of the few benefits of being Editor of this remarkable online organ is that I can write a lot of shite and get away with it. Now, piss off before I unleash the hounds.

Murderdolls w/ Black Veil Brides, The Defiled - The HMV Forum, London

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Photo by Justine Sutton

Look at the state of that. Just look! If that's why we're in Afghanistan we need to get the hell out ASAP.

Katy Perry - Manchester Apollo


Photo by Mike Gray

We did a vote and Katy Perry won. She just did.

Jessie J - Scala, London

I think I've exhausted all the Jessie J anecdotes at my disposal.

Elbow - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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Photo by Steven Burnett

We feel an affinity with Guy because we only have one suit and it's getting a bit tight too.

Kings of Leon - Lancashire County Cricket Ground

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Photo by Mike Gray

If the documentary Talihina Sky is to be believed, Kings of Leon are probably about as dysfunctional and psychologically damaged as The Jackson 5 circa 1977. This, you feel, bodes well for further musical adventures.

The Script - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

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Photo by Steven Burnett

Even in - rare - lucid moments, the best we can do with The Script is to get them confused with The Feeling, which in some circles is probably akin to not being able to tell the difference between Quiet Riot and Faster Pussycat.

The Lysergic Suite - Gulliver's, Manchester

Actually included in our Tips for 2011 round-up, Leicester's The Lysergic Suite slip into #10 position, the chart's only real WTF? moment. Currently residing in the 'Where are they now?' file, we no doubt expect a flurry of Facebook abuse correcting this notion.

I was lying about the quiz, btw.

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