It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

  1. The Blow Monkeys at 229 Tickets Review

2. Daði Freyr at 02 Forum Kentish Town Tickets Review

3. Little Boots at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club Tickets Review

4. Rina Sawayama at Electric Brixton Tickets Review

5. Scritti Politti at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Tickets Review

  • Who should win? Tell us in the comments below or email us at Want to know why we like this shortlist? Click on the tags to read our reviews. Winner revealed on this site on 30/12/21.
  • Vote for 2021’s best podcast, best venue and best album.
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  1. Silvia Muñoz · November 28, 2021

    The Blow Monkeys at 229


  2. JACQUELINE GUEST APPLEBY · November 28, 2021

    Without a doubt Dadi Freyr are totally tops \o/


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  5. Gary Feld · December 4, 2021

    Scritti Politti at Shepherds Bush


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  9. Mary · December 11, 2021

    Dađi Freyr


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  16. Donna Sluggett · December 27, 2021

    Daði Freyr deserves this. The audience really seemed to resonate with his charm and the feelgood vibe held throughout. Supported as well by HYYTS, this was one of the best gigs I’ve been to in a long time (including pre-covid times).


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