Our Andy goes to lots of gigs. These were part one of his favourites this year

When I started reviewing things, years ago, it was only gigs. MVM’s Donnie, suggested that I started a blog about every gig I went to.

So I did. In 2010. And I’ve reviewed every one since, give or take a couple that others have done.

Anyway, the point to all this is pretty simple – without the gig reviews there is no MV. Which is why I go to so many. This year it’s been 108. There’s no preamble needed here.

Here from 20-11 are the best.

  1. ROYAL BLOOD 18/11/2017 Arena Birmingham

Simply, a band on the cusp of greatness.

  1. THE NEW ROSES 24/02/2017 The Old Angel, Nottingham

Brilliant gig. Brilliant band and lovely people

  1. THE YOUNG’UNS 21/10/2017 MAC, Birmingham

Award winning, thought provoking and fun

  1. SLYDIGS 30/05/2017  Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

The best underground rock n roll band in Britain

  1. BLACKBERRY SMOKE 07/04/2017 O2 Academy, Birmingham

The absolute kings of southern rock

  1. VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, 05/11/2017 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

Incredible performance from a band who keeps getting better

  1. TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT 12/11/2017 Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

Intimate performance from a band who is going to make a glorious return in 2018

  1. HANNAH ALDRIDGE 16/07/2017 Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham

Captivating acoustic performance from a mesmerising performer

  1. BOB DYLAN 05/05/2017 Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

There ain’t no one like Bob.

  1. IRON MAIDEN 20/05/2017 Echo Arena, Liverpool

The best band in the world open their book of souls