Best Gigs of 2012

Our writers went far and wide for the sake of live music in 2012, some of them were reviewed in glowing terms on this very website. Here's a list of our favorites.

Jonathan Richman - Live @ Green Man Festival

Crackle said: "...and then Jonathan Richman took the stage and blew everything else away. I've never seen so much joy emitting from the stage and I've never seen so many grinning audience members"

Faith No More - Live @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

Crackle said: "Woodpecker From Mars soon gave way to Mike Patton leading the crowd through a sing-along of Delilah, a severe change in musical tempo that sums up Faith No More – expect the unexpected.

Grizzly Bear - Live @ Brixton Academy, London

Crackle said: "What Grizzly Bear bring is this constant clash between glowing warmth, harmony and clarity, and a drop-out / build-up playfulness with metre and rhythm, that swells between minimalist and titanic"

Napalm Death - Live @ Primavera Sound

Crackle says: "Barcelona 2012: sun, sea and Shane Embury. What wasn't there to like?"

Tune-Yards - Live @ The Sage, Gateshead

Crackle said: "Garbus is like a small child playing around on stage and her natural charisma is the heart and soul of the gig, a gig which achieved the seemingly impossible and got a Tuesday night audience dancing"

Allo Darlin' Live @ The Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

Crackle said: "In a triumphant set, headliners Allo Darlin' are constantly uplifting and joyful without ever, for a moment, sounding forced or cliché"

Fairewell - Live @ The Social, London

Crackle said: "anti-solos, shifts in style, in dynamics, tempo and meter all contribute to a staggeringly enjoyable performance by a band as comfortable in full bombast as it is in the lowest of lo-fi moments. Refreshingly brilliant"

We Were Promised Jetpacks - Live @ Dingwalls, London

Crackle said: "everything is loud, unashamedly and astonishingly loud, bathed in and bursting with decibels - nobody here wants it not to be, so again why not?"

Dubstar - Live @ The Cluny, Newcastle

Crackle said: "This may not have been a comeback of Heaton Park proportions but I'm pretty sure that the crowd went home knowing that they'd witnessed a humble triumph"

Milk Maid - Live @ The Dog And Parrot, Newcastle

Crackle said: "A fine set which indicates that frontman Martin Cohen has finally found the band and the sound which suits his undeniable song writing talents"