2015 and what a musical year to remember

Taylor Swift at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Norwich, pictured by Jon Seymour

Taylor Swift at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Norwich, pictured by Jon Seymour

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The Lynn News WOW 24/7 contributor Jon Seymour takes a look back at an eventful 12 months.

Well, 2015 was an eventful one to say the least – and I think among the most enjoyable things I’ve done in 2015 has been helping out on the judging panel for both the Battle of the Bands and Simply Acoustic competitions.

If there’s one thing that the experience has taught me, it’s that there is a LOT of talent in the area.

The local music scene is something I’ve been closely involved with all year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store.

As for events, I think that the biggest event I’ve covered last year, in fact my journalist career so far, was Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich. There was a lot of outcry over ticket availability, there were people trying to dig under the fence, I got sunburnt on Saturday and drenched on Sunday.

I actually enjoyed more acts than I thought I would, and witnessed Taylor Swift opening for the Foo Fighters. When is that likely to be repeated?

Of course the year just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Festival Too. The line-up was strong and while you’ll never please everyone, there were some pretty large crowds gathered on the Tuesday Market Place.

The year also saw the inaugural “Lazy Sunday” which first introduced me to Pirate Joe. If there’s a musician almost guaranteed to make you smile every time, it’s Joe. Battle of the Bands winners Morganway, and runners up Kingdom Keys were incredible.

Speaking of Kingdom Keys, their very first show took place in the summer, in Norwich’s Waterfront Studio, alongside Mark Baldwin, The Thinking Men and Phoenix calling.

This was easily one of my favourite shows of the year, the line-up was stellar, and it was a whole lot of fun.

The best thing of 2015 though, was making so many new friends in the local music community. Having worked alongside a lot of people throughout the year, and even imparting advice to some of them, has been a rewarding experience, so I’ll be raising a glass to making more friends in 2016. Bottoms up!