It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2016? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 12 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2016.
Read on for nominees for the monsta for gig of the year. 2015 winner: Suede Camden Roundhouse
SETLIST: Funnel of Love; She Bop; Heartache By The Number; I Drove All Night; End Of The World; Walking After Midnight; I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart; You Don’t Know; When You Were Mine; Money Changes Everything; Misty Blue; Time After Time; The Goonies ‘r’ Good Enough; Girls Just Want To Have Fun (duet with Matt Henry); Fearless; True Colors.
‘It’s never too f***ing late to do what you want to do.’ 63-year-old Cyndi Lauper is three songs into a set which mixes her latest album of country covers interspersed with her career hits, focusing in particular on debut breakthrough LP She’s So Unusual.
Read on for details of the best Prince tribute we’ve yet seen
Just 1 of the reasons why we started this blog. So much to look forward to in 2016: John Grant, Fatboy Slim, Cyndi Lauper, Aluna George, Adele, Coldplay, Disclosure, New Order, Grimes, Roisin Murphy, Years and Years, Jake Bugg and St Etienne, we’re looking at you for starters. And that’s just the main stages. Our annual fix will also feature the delights from the rest including Will Young, The Feeling and Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs. An opportunity to say goodbye also to Bowie and Prince.
Read on for reasons including Shura, Richard III and The Deep Blue Sea
TRACKLIST: Funnel Of Love; Detour; Misty Blue; Walkin’ After Midnight; Heartaches By The Number; The End Of The World; Night Life; Begging To You; You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly; I Fall To Pieces; I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart; Hard Candy Christmas.
Kinky Boots was a nominee in our monstas for musical of 2015 and Cyndi Lauper, who rose to fame in the 80s as a pop star rivalling Madonna, was one of its authors.
Read on for details of where Cyndi’s appearing on tour in the UK this year
43 countries, two semis and a final: 14/5. The bookies have the UK’s Joe and Jake 27th as we write this but we’ve heard all the entries and think You’re Not Alone has a shot at winning particularly with an EU referendum 23/6. Our dark horse is Croatia’s Nina Kraljić (main picture and below) who’s channelling Hounds Of Love-era Kate Bush:
Read on for reasons including Cyndi Lauper, Aladdin and The Threepenny Opera
A confession: we’ve loved the soundtrack since we bought it after Kinky Boots, which is in previews at the Adelphi Theatre from 21/8, won six Tonys in 2013. Hold Me In Your Heart (You Tube clip above) is the showstopper Whitney should’ve recorded. But there’s so much more to the soundtrack than that.