I’m Feelin’ ’22 – 5 Things To Look Forward To In 2022

So, around a year ago we were all put back into a brutal lockdown. No gigs, no clubs, no pubs, work from home (if you were lucky enough to still have a job) and there seemed to be no light at the end of this COVID tunnel. The more positive of us were saying “There is no way 2021 can be as bad as 2020”. As we enter 2022, we ask, was it? I guess that’s up to individual interpretation. In August, I got to go back to gigs, back to them as a punter and as work. In September I went to 2 music festivals and in November I attended Resonate, a music business conference in real life, with other people in the same room and not over zoom or other online programmes. It was wonderful but as the light appeared brighter and bigger, up snuck Omicron and as I write this, gigs (work and non-work) are cancelled until 17th January at the earliest. So again we pose a similar question. 2022 cant be as bad as 2021, can it?

It can’t be! The feeling of impending doom isn’t as prevalent this time around. With infection rates going up but hospital cases not really going up Omicron does seem like a much less dangerous strain of the pandemic and after listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s Parliament briefing just an hour ago, it does feel like the Government is moving towards adjusting to life with COVID rather than us being restricted as much in what we can and can’t do.

So with that in mind (that’s a long introduction that didn’t mention any music) let’s take a looks at 5 things we can look forward to in 2022…

Live Music Will Return and Very Soon

Small gigs at Sneaky Pete’s, King Tuts, The Lemon Tree, massive productions and The Hydro, Hampden (yeah, even 2 nights of Gerry Cinnamon), and best of all FESTIVALS, will be back in 2022 and they will be much more of what we were used to pre-pandemic than in 2021. The majority of the little things we had to do from August 2021 like wearing a mask when not drinking or dancing (what gigs were you going to?) will be gone by Autumn I think but until then it isn’t too much of a hassle sticking a mask on to protect the staff in the venues is it? Early gigs I would like to highlight are

  • Indoor Foxes + Support – 22nd January – Sneaky Pete’s – TICKETS
  • Riley + Andrew Dickson + Calum Bowie + Cortne – 23rd January – King Tuts – TICKETS
  • Dictator + Support – 12th February – Sneaky Pete’s – SOLD OUT
  • Nova Twin + Support – 12th February – The Mash House – TICKETS

Just a snippet but of course, we also have Independent Venue Week coming up at the start of February and before you know it we will be at stadium shows and festivals in the summer. I’d really rather like to see Taylor Swift this year.

Getting To See Brand New Artists For The First Time

As there will be more gigs there will be more artists doing debut shows and playing support slots. We are always looking for new music here at Alive & Amplified and one artist we were hoping to see before now is West Lothian-based Silvi. A Shout! Showcase & Podcast, a support slot with Dictator and a New Years Revolution show at King Tuts, were all cancelled in the last few months. This has left Silvi frustrated and who can blame her. However good things come to those who wait and she has popped up on a number of “One’s To Watch” lists for 2022. I didn’t do one as I am looking forward to so many but Silvi would definitely be on that list alongside Ask Alice, Happy Tears, Lewis McLaughlin, Fright Years and so on. I just did that list, didn’t I?

Silvi will release her new single ‘Rain’ in February, until then check out ‘Wish You’d Stay’ one of my favourites from 2021.

Music Conferences – Not On Zoom!

Wide Days, The Great Escape, Resonate, Focus Wales, Liverpool Sound City, XpoNorth etc, all adapted amazingly well to adapt and produce some excellent online content over the last 2 years. However, for me, there is nothing better than going to these things in real life. Getting to attend Resonate in Glasgow in November just reiterated that for me. If there is a better week than hanging out in Brighton with pals old and new, seeing bands in massive venues, tiny pop ups and down the beach, then I haven’t been. Add into that the amount of live music that is thrown into the mix with all these conferences then you really can not lose.

An Album From Wet Leg

Wet Leg burst onto the scene in June with their debut single ‘Chaise Longue’ and the world stood up and took notice. Catchy hooks, quirky lyrics and upbeat I think they are the most important band to appear since The Strokes. The duo Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers, who are from the Isle of Wight have since released 3 more singles and will release a self-titled debut album on 8th April. They have just been named second in the BBC Sound of 2022 and appear on almost everyone’s “Ones To Watch” for this year. The instant success of Chaise Longue took them by surprise – “We’ve been playing big stages that we haven’t properly grown into yet,” Hester told NME – but the cheeky confidence of their subsequent singles suggests the only way is up. Set to be a mainstay at festivals and venues throughout 2022 do not miss out.

Other albums out or rumoured to be out in 2022 that we are particularly looking forward to are…

  • Alice Glass
  • Alt – J
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • The 1975
  • Holly Humberstone
  • Jack White
  • Mitski
  • Beyonce

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Will Return, Possibly Before Hogmanay

Yeah, I know. The locals love to hate Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations and Underbelly may have ripped the utter soul out of what it was and represented but as a city, Edinburgh should be proud of hosting the biggest New Year Party in the world. We have missed it over the past 2 years. The really exciting this is we may not have to wait until December. Nick Stewart of Sneaky Pete’s at the Music Venue Trust has proposed having a massive Edinburgh party in April and pushing everything we usually do to then. Sounds like a solid plan to me!

2022 – We Got This!!

Happy New Year!!