AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best gig of 2018 so far

We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Suede, Shura and Bananarama are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 6 best gigs of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year

Saara Aalto (Under the Bridge) Tickets Review

We said: ‘What we like best about Aalto is that she’s so heart on sleeve about song No Fear being her life motto. ‘I wrote this song to give power to myself because I’d just come out with my girlfriend and I was a bit worried because I had fans already and I thought: ‘What if they don’t like me?’

John Barrowman (Leicester Square Theatre) Tickets Review

We said: ‘Barrowman tells us that his audition for his first West End starring role (opposite Elaine Paige in Anything Goes) was his first and that Paige had said to him: ‘Are you going to sink or swim, darling?’ as the curtain went up.’

Sheridan Smith (Royal Albert Hall) Tickets Review

We said: But she’s nothing to worry about as the occasional cheeky knicker flash as she tries to negotiate her way in heels on to a stool to sing from counts for little when weighed against the best gig we’ve had the pleasure to see in a long, long time.’

Sigrid (02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire) Tickets Review

We said: ‘Tonight seems like a bit of a moment. Not least because so many of Sigrid’s family and friends are here but also because she can’t have expected to have been quite so rapturously received. We need to hear that debut album – now.’

Kim Wilde (KOKO) Tickets Review

We said: ‘Kids In America is perhaps so defining of that time that it’s near impossible to match but we include Kandy Krush from Here Come The Aliens to give a sense of how at the top of her game Kim currently is.’

Years & Years/MNEK (Camden Roundhouse) Tickets Review

We said: ‘Our favourites tonight being Karma, morphing from Timberlake to Michael Jackson as it whips towards its conclusion, and big current hit If You’re Over Me bowling the crowd over with its combination of irrepressible jauntiness and unforgettable melody.’

On our radar for the next 6 months are Fra Fee (Other Palace), ONBlackheath (Blackheath), Janelle Monae (Camden Roundhouse), Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Royal Festival Hall), Suede (Eventim Apollo), Culture Club/Tom Bailey (Wembley Arena), Christine And The Queens (Eventim Apollo), Years & Years (The 02), Cardigans (Event Apollo) and Lily Allen (Camden Roundhouse).

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Saara Aalto
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