AWARDS SHORTLIST: Gig of the year

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2015? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 11 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2015. Read on for the nominees for the monsta for gig of the year.

  1. Charli XCX, Concorde 2, Brighton: 24/3/15

The first night of Ms XCX’s debut full UK tour found its perfect home at our favourite Brighton venue. This 600-capacity seafront setting proves size is no indication of monstagigz. Charlotte Aitchison, 24 next year, was launching second album Sucker and had written three of the biggest international hits of recent years, I Love It (above), Boom Clap and Fancy.

2. Florence and The Machine, Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury: 26/6/15

April 2015: Florence Welch breaks a foot leaping off stage at Coachella throwing into doubt the launch of her band’s third album. Three months later Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl breaks a leg falling off a Gothenburg stage and a now-fit Florence is promoted to Friday night Glastonbury headliner.

3. Madonna, The O2, London: 1/12/15

World AIDS Day and the Queen of Pop’s 1st London gig since an underwhelming MDNA Hyde Park sojourn three-and-a-half years earlier. It was the most relaxed and crowdpleasing we’d ever seen her. And she wasn’t afraid to revisit so many of her early 80s hits. The Like A Prayer singalong (above) was particularly moving.

4. Kevin Spacey gala, Old Vic, London: 19/4/15

Spacey bid farewell to the Old Vic after 11 years as artistic director this year and a few friends met to say goodbye. Annie Lennox and Sting performed, casts throughout this period reunited, Bill Clinton and Sir Elton John even sent video messages. A magical night. Does it constitute a gig? We’re choosing not to be bound by anyone else’s definitions!

5. Suede premiere Night Thoughts film and album, Roundhouse, London, 13/11/15

What would Kate Bush do? Over two-and-a-half years after their first long-player since reforming, Brett and co chose to debut their new album, and film (both not out until 22/1/16), before playing a hits and treats set. The Telegraph asked whether they’d reinvented the album. Perhaps they’d also raised the bar of expectation for every pop gig-goer.

  • The winners of 2015’s monstagigz awards, or monstas, will be announced 3/1/16.

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