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Updated: 2017-05-24T14:02:18+01:00

 



Dot To Dot 2017: The DiS Preview + 50 Song Playlist

2017-05-24T14:02:18+01:002017-05-24 14:02:18 +0100

This weekend sees the return of Dot To Dot festival. Here are the 10 acts we're most looking forward to This weekend (May 26-28) sees the return of Dot To Dot festival. Now in its 12th year occupying the traditional Spring Bank Holiday slot, the 2017 edition once again sees more than 200 artists perform across over 75 venues in Manchester (Friday 26th), Bristol (Saturday 27th) and Nottingham (Sunday 28th). Once again, DiS will be in attendance and here's the 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. --- Cherry Hex & The Dream Church (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rough Trade @ 17:00) This Nottingham-based duo have been making a name for themselves over the past year mainly due to their hauntingly intense live performances. Comparisons with The xx, Cocteau Twins, and Chvrches aren't wide of the mark, and their late afternoon slot in Rough Trade promises to be one of the weekend's finest. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VNJwh6JQriU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Confidence Man (Friday 26th. Manchester. Mint Lounge @ 20:15) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. The Louisiana @ 21:30) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Stealth @ 21:45) Heavenly Recordings boast arguably the finest roster anywhere in the world at this moment in time and their most recent addition, Brisbane four-piece Confidence Man, are another gem in waiting. Think Dee Lite, the B52s, and LCD Soundsystem produced by Weatherall or Oakenfold and you won't go far wrong. Get Down! width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gTVT7gzZ48M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew (Friday 26th. Manchester. Aatma @ 22:30) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. The Island @ 20:30) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Spanky Van Dykes @ 22:30) Having already wowed festival goers at 2Q, Handmade, and Focus Wales in recent weeks, the Nottingham based trio get their first taste of bill topping status on home soil. Headlining the Spanky Van Dykes stage, expect to hear a selection of melodic and occasionally brutal cuts of ambient from their forthcoming debut album. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kq8udERahUY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Heaters (Friday 26th. Manchester. Night And Day @ 23:00) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. Thekla @ 00:00) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Bodega @ 00:00) Despite only forming three years, this Michigan-based quartet have already gained a glowing reputation both on record and as live performers. Last August saw the release of second long player Baptistina heralded their finest collection of songs to date and their incendiary take on psychedelic surf and garage rock is sure to be a winner this weekend. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PpNsB2p748o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Jimi Mack (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rough Trade @ 13:30) Originally from Belfast, this Nottingham-based singer/songwriter has been making waves in recent months both as a solo artist and founder member of psych rockers The Hijinks, also playing this weekend. With comparisons to the likes of John Martyn and Tim Buckley, his left field take on jazz-inspired folk is a joy to behold, as 'Salao', the lead track off forthcoming debut EP Familiar Horizons ably demonstrates. Come see what all the fuss is about. We guarantee you won't be disappointed. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MpXslzsAHRc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation (Friday 26th. Manchester. Band On The Wall @ 17:15) (Saturday 27th. Bristol. Thekla @ 23:00) (Sunday 28th. Nottingham. Rescue Rooms @ 23:15) Anyone that's already witnessed Josefin Öhrn & The Liberation in the flesh will know they're a captivating, if not mindblowing experience. Taking their name from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead and with a musical palette that draws inspiration from Broadcast, Jefferson Airplane, Spacemen 3, and Serge Gainsbourg among a host of others, their darkly orchestrated, errant take on psychedelia is set to prove a surefire winner here. width=[...]



SPOT Festival 2017: The DiS Preview + 30 Song Playlist

2017-05-02T10:51:15+01:002017-05-02 10:51:15 +0100

Here are 10 acts DiS are most excited about seeing at this coming weekend's SPOT Festival This coming weekend, DiS makes its annual pilgrimage to the city of Aarhus for the 2017 edition of SPOT Festival. Essentially Denmark's answer to South-By-Southwest or The Great Escape, this year's event takes place from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th May across numerous venues showcasing many of Scandinavia's finest new musical talent. Without further ado, here are the ten acts we're most excited about seeing and a thirty song playlist featuring a selection of the artists scheduled to play at this year's festival. --- Farveblind (Saturday 6th @ SCC, 0000-0035) This duo have only been making music together for the best part of a year, yet already they're making serious waves on the Scandinavian club scene. Hailing from the Danish Island of North Jutland, January's debut single 'Wasteful Talk' just happens to be one of 2017's finest to date, and their midnight slot here should keep the party alive well into the early hours. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NQGe-5q1DEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Marching Church (Friday 5th @ Store Sal, 2015-2050) (Saturday 6th @ Radar, 1400-1430) The other project of Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, better known as the singer in gothic post-punks Iceage. Marching Church started off as a solo vehicle for Rønnenfelt but has gradually developed into a fully fledged band. Last year's Telling It Like It Is highlighted his fixation with Nick Cave and David Bowie while channeling an array of ideas and sounds incorporating everything from jazz to pop and visceral white noise. Expect the unexpected. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1qFRqQYy5XQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Nils Bech (Saturday 6th @ Rytmisk Sal, 2045-2120) Norwegian singer, composer, and stage actor Nils Bech relies as much on his performance as the opening few words might suggest. Signed to the revered DFA label and already with three albums to his name, he's one of the most unique talents doing the rounds today and his mid-evening set on Saturday bears all the hallmarks of being one of SPOT Festival's finest. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rswhZtnai1U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Palace Winter (Saturday 6th @ SCC, 1800-1835) If stadium-sized soaring anthems and heartfelt, emotive lyrics fused with the occasional dalliance into Neu! style motorik territories are your thing then Palace Winter might just be the band for you. Debut album Waiting For The World To Turn came out last year to widespread critical acclaim, while their energetic live show grows bigger and better with every passing performance. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/K0vTuZrZIA0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Shiny Darkly (Friday 5th @ Tape, 2130-2210) Having first come to our attention at this very festival in 2012, this Copenhagen-based trio have become one of the Danish post-punk scene's leading exponents of goth-tinged dark wave. Comparisons to The Horrors, The Cure, and The Chameleons aren't too wide of the mark, and in 'He's Suicidal' they have an anthem of sorts for those who like their sonic pleasures stuffed with a smidgen of gloom and despair. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q68pB5FxSSg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Siv Jakobsen (Saturday 6th @ Lille Sal, 2115-2150) We've been fans of Siv Jakobsen's deftly arranged compositions since unsuspectingly catching her set in a tiny coffee shop at Brighton's Great Escape two years ago. Since then she's put out an EP The Lingering which highlights her talent as both a vocalist and composer of some distinction, while recent single 'Like I Used To' sets the scene impeccably for the imminent release of her as-yet untitled debut long player, which is scheduled to come out later this year. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hHfFUDt1cVo" frameborder="0" allowfullsc[...]



Handmade 2017: The DiS Preview + 40 Song Playlist

2017-04-25T14:54:34+01:002017-04-25 14:54:34 +0100

Here are 10 bands we're most looking forward to seeing at Handmade next weekend This coming weekend sees the return of Handmade Festival. With the main festival spread across four rooms in Leicester's O2 Academy on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April, and its fringe evenst taking place on Friday 28th in The Cookie, Firebug, Guildhall, and Bishop Street Methodist Church respectively, 2017's Handmade promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Drowned In Sound has its own stage this year for the first time in the ornate confines of Bishop Street Methodist Church. The stage times and running order are as follows:- 1930-2000 Cold Water Souls 2020-2050 Eyre Llew 2115-2200 Haiku Salut 2230-2320 Her Name Is Calla In the meantime, here are 10 other acts we're most looking forward to seeing plus a forty song playlist featuring many of the artists scheduled to perform over the course of the weekend. --- Baba Naga (Saturday 29th @ Academy 2, 1700-1730) This Sheffield-based trio have been wowing us with their incendiary take on metallic psych rock this past couple of years. Miss their Saturday teatime set at your peril! width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/94rLdq3GAgs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> British Sea Power (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 2030-2115) Long-standing favourites of Drowned In Sound and its community, these indie veterans have just released their tenth long player Let The Dancers Inherit The Party and its their most beat-infused offering to date. Expect to hear cuts off this alongside more familiar numbers from their extensive back catalogue. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6kKvIoomSY8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Frightened Rabbit (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 2205-2300) Another band who've been regulars on this site for many years. Critically acclaimed throughout their career with last year's Painting Of A Panic Attack only adding to their impressive canon. Now they've bagged a well deserved headline slot to close this year's festival with a bang. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bBdsY_zsv_U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Goat Girl (Saturday 29th @ Academy 2, 1800-1830) All hail the new queens of slacker rock. With elements of Sleater Kinney's wisdom and Fat White Family's carefree nonchalance, this four-piece are leading the way for UK's new breed of lo-fi. Come see what all the fuss is about. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qlnkyZnqIZg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Happy Accidents (Sunday 30th @ Scholar, 1600-1630) This London-based noise pop trio released their debut LP You Might Be Right on Alcopop! Records last summer. However, it's live where Happy Accidents really come into a league of their own, rivalling the likes of Johnny Foreigner and Los Campesinos! as joyous purveyors of frenetic punk pop. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u2sivG_tytA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> HMLTD (Friday 28th @ Firebug, 2300-2350) Arguably the most stylish new band doing the rounds at the minute, but have they got the substance to match? Find out for yourselves as their collision of new romanticism, punk, funk and all things in between looks set to bring Friday's fringe event to a chaotic close. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/iv_uB_BeQZc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Idles (Sunday 30th @ Academy 1, 1730-1800) This Bristol outfit have already set tongues wagging with anyone that's caught their explosive live show, often leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Comparisons to Sleaford Mods and Future Of The Left aren't wide of the mark, and if their recent performance at Derby's 2Q last month is anything to go by, they'll be one of this weekend's main highlights. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Oxqf_15k0w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Kagoule (Saturday 29th @ Scholar, 2000-21[...]



Handmade Festival Lineup Announced Including DiS Stage & Eyre Llew Exclusive

2017-03-22T14:05:41+00:002017-03-22 14:05:41 +0000

DiS is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage at Handmade Festival on Friday 28 April in a church! One of our most enjoyable weekends of last summer's festival season took place in Leicester over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Handmade Festival, called as such because it's one of the few predominantly DIY events still functioning featured some memorable performances from the likes of Los Campesinos!, Big Deal, and Colour Me Wednesday at 2016's event. So this year, Drowned In Sound is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage on Friday 28th April in a church! That's right, our show will be taking place in the ornate setting of Bishop Street Methodist Church which was built over 200 years ago. The line up for the DiS stage is as follows... Haiku Salut No strangers to readers of the site or indeed DiS curated events gone by, having played for us at last year's Great Escape in Brighton. Both 2013's debut Tricolore and its follow-up two years later Etch And Etch Deep amassed a wealth of critical acclaim, and we're literally thrilled to bits that the trio of Sophie, Gemma, and Louise have taken time out from recording their forthcoming third record to headline what promises to be an incredible night of music. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nwAwkI1RzQg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Her Name Is Calla This Leicester-based outfit have also been long standing favourites here at DiS, having played various club nights and festival stages for us over the years. First album The Heritage still remains one of the finest debuts of the decade while the band's subsequent two long players The Quiet Lamb and Navigator further illustrate their propensity to confound expectations and beguile in equal measures. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zmk4y3hED40" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew Another band heavily championed on DiS pretty much from the moment their first demo landed on our desk. This experimental trio fuse the lavish orchestration of bands like Sigur Ros and Wild Beasts with the brutal intensity of Godspeed! You Black Emperor or 65daysofstatic. Their as-yet untitled debut album is out later this year and they've given us something of an exclusive in the shape of forthcoming single 'Havoc', which gets its very first public airing here. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/309988778&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true"> Cold Water Souls This Derby based five-piece have only been together just over a year with their current line-up, but already their anthemic, shoegaze-tinged atmospheric rock has created waves around the East Midlands thanks to their mesmeric and utterly spellbinding live performances. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/308210179&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true"> Also newly announced are a host of other acts including Goat Girl, Baba Naga, HMLTD, Peaness, Easy Life, Dead Pretties and Neon Waltz which completes the line up for 2017. ![104374](http://dis.resized.images.s3.amazonaws.com/540x310/104374.jpeg) [...]



Tim Burgess is Independent Venue Week's 2017 Ambassador

2017-01-16T20:06:40+00:002017-01-15 18:15:00 +0000

Charlatans main man to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood. Charlatans main man, solo artist and author Tim Burgess, is to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood as the ambassador for Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week is staged across 120 venues around the UK, celebrating the best and most interesting live music venues in the country - think Record Store Day for venues that aren't owned by mega-corps. In 2017, festivities will take place between Monday 23rd – Sunday 29rd January. Now in its 4th year, and supported by Arts Council England, this week-long shebang is fixture on the UK’s music calendar giving tens of thousands of fans and hundreds of artists their first taste of live music each year. Next year is set to be the biggest Independent Venue Week yet, with 30 new venues will be taking part in the event for first time with more new additions to follow. These newbies include The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Halifax’s Grayston Unity which has a capacity of just 18, The Bungalow in Paisley and London’s iconic Roundhouse. Tim Burgess will perform live at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Monday, 23 January 2017 with support from Tear and Pheromoans. There are further Independent Venue Week shows taking place across the UK under Burgess’ Tim Peaks banner. He said: "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours. These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening." Tim's tour will kick off on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at The Exchange in Bristol, where local gigging legend ‘Big’ Jeff Johns has put together a bill featuring Bristolian favourites Yama Warashi and Kayla Painter. Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label then takes up the baton with a mini tour, which kicks off at Belfast’s Voodoo on Friday, 27 January 2017, featuring a headline set from Northern Ireland’s Documenta. Following a short hop across the sea, Yucatan will top a bill at the Bethesda venue in North Wales on Saturday, 28 January, before the jaunt climaxes in Manchester on Sunday, 29 January with Horsebeach headlining. The bands will take it in turns to support each other across the dates. All of the Tim Peaks dates are being supported by Help Musicians UK, the country’s leading and only independent charity for musicians at all stages of their career. Explaining his hands on approach to his Independent Venue Week role, ambassador Burgess said: "I worked with the Independent Venue Week organisers last year on a gig in Manchester. It was an honour to accept their offer of being this year's ambassador – I've picked some of my favourite bands to play in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Independent Venue Week. Hopefully see you at one of the shows" Who Else Is Playing? Other unique shows taking place during Independent Music Week will include special gigs from Richard Hawley, Simian Mobile Disco, Martha Wainwright, Juanita Stein (Howling Bells), BBC Sound of 2017 longlist artists Cabbage and Declan McKenna as well as Cass McCoombs, HECK, Beans on Toast, The Moonlandingz, The Carnabys, Skinny Girl Diet, Shame, Dream Wife and Goat Girl, while Sam Duckworth, formerly of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, will perform 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager' in full with his new project Recreations. Plus loads more... Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website independentvenueweek.com. Dates and ticket links will go live on the site as shows are confirmed and more gigs, artists and partners will be announced over the coming days and weeks through IVW social media channels. Follow IVW on Twitter @IVW_UK, Face[...]



Stream: Drowned in Sound's Guide to 2017

2017-01-15T14:03:04+00:002017-01-15 13:59:00 +0000

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From The Shins to Uffie: a two-hour radio special.

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As you may be aware, DiS now has a monthly radio show on Soho Radio and we're currently looking to evolve it a little and get a sponsor. Our latest radio show is guide to 2017 is archived here to stream on demand, right here:

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Danielle Perry and I recorded the show this week, which is now available to stream on-demand. 'Twas a guide to 2017 with loads of acts we know have albums due, and some we hope are back.

Plus Independent Venue Week's founder dropped by for the last half hour, but before that we played some brand new acts, pondered what it means to break a band nowadays, I confessed to my current obsession, and Danielle shared her theory that Netflix trailer music is now a genre.

Tracklisting

Autolux - Soft Scene
The Shins - Dead Alive
Brian Eno - Reflection
Jesca Hoop - The Lost Sky
Chromatics - Kill for Love (Drumless)
Katy Perry - Firework
Sløtface - Shave My Head
Artificial Pleasure - I’ll Make It Worth Your While
Uffie - Difficult
Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)
Nadine Shah - Stealing Cars
Duke Garwood - Cold Blooded (Bloodline Version)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Temples - Keep In The Dark
Fever Ray - Triangle Walks
I Break Horses - Denial
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lorde - Tennis Court
Juanita Stein - Stargazer
Girl Band - Pears for Lunch
The Charlatans - Then

Our 5th radio show is online here.

DiS returns to Soho Radio on February 6th from 2-4pm.

Main photo: Uffie by Majid Moussavi.

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Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017: The DiS Preview + 50 Song Playlist

2017-01-06T09:34:14+00:002017-01-05 09:47:00 +0000

Next week, DiS heads to Groningen for this year's Eurosonic Noorderslag event. Here's 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. Next week, Drowned In Sound heads over to the city of Groningen for the 2017 edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Billed as mainland Europe's answer to South By Southwest or The Great Escape, and running for four days from Wednesday 11 through to Saturday 14 January, Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 4000 delegates with around 300 artists set to perform across numerous venues in the city. In the daytime, its conference program will host more than 150 panels and workshops, while several awards ceremonies are also set to take place including the European Festival Awards. With so many great artists from all over Europe set to play this year's event, DiS has picked out the ten we're most excited about seeing. --- Amber Arcades (Wednesday 11th, De Spieghel Main Room, 0115-0200) Having initially set eyes on Annelotte De Graaf's Amber Arcades alter ego at this very event last year, they're back in 2017 as one of Eurosonic's main attractions. Debut long player Fading Lines featured high in many end of year lists including a coveted spot in Drowned In Sound's 16 Favourite Albums of 2016. Having been demoing new material towards the end of last year, expect some of those songs to feature in the set. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qyHEniYWLuo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Anna Meredith (Wednesday 11th, Grand Theatre Main Room, 2300-2345) Anna Meredith has established herself as one of the most uniquely innovative musicians in recent years. Also a producer and composer of equal merit, her fusion of classical music with both electronic and acoustic pieces make for some of the most original sounds unleashed this decade. Debut album Varmints came out last year on Moshi Moshi and won the coveted Scottish Music Prize. Not to be missed! width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/92o2Qci6ozo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Farewell Dear Ghost (Friday 13th, Mutua Fides, 0115-0200) This Vienna-based four-piece have been making grandiose alt-rock in the vein of The National or Editors that's built for stadiums since 2013. Debut LP We Colour The Night marked a busy and successful first year of the band's existence. Since then, they've put out a critically acclaimed EP entitled Skin at the tail end of 2015 and are gearing up for the release of their long awaited second album later this year. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WUnZpICGYyM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Newmoon (Wednesday 11th, De Spieghel Main Room, 2045-2130) This Belgian five-piece put out one of 2016's finest debuts in the shape of Space. Comparisons with the halcyon era of Creation Records and 4AD aren't too wide of the mark, with the band's influences including the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and the Cocteau Twins. Expect their set to be ethereal but loud! width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NhLNfYNwlHk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Rats On Rafts / De Kift (Friday 13th, Eurosonic Air, 2045-2130) This collaboration brings together two of the Dutch underground scene's most progressive outfits in recent years. Whereas Rats On Rafts mix post-punk nuances with occasional dalliances in psychedelia, De Kift offer more of an avant-garde jazz-fuelled approach to the mix. Their self-titled set of collaborative recordings came out on Fire Records at the tail end of last year and is well worth checking out. As will this diverse meeting of creativity in the flesh. width="540" height="304" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Znet_V60lbE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Siv Jakobsen (Thursday 12th, Lutherse Kerk, Lutherzaal, 2200-2240) (Friday 13th, USVA, 2000-2040) Having first come across Siv Jakobsen at The Gre[...]



16 Most Read Articles We Published In 2016

2016-12-11T16:14:59+00:002016-12-11 15:52:00 +0000

From Prince to Paul Simon via Opeth. Oh what a year. 2016 has been baffling. If it wasn't our heroes reminding us that they may actually have been mortal, there's been the political avalanche of bad news sending even the least compassionate amongst us to breaking point. Even just a few minutes on Facebook on any given day this year will have shown you the worst of humanity or unbelievable stories of survival in warzones (thinking about that guy feeding cats in Aleppo still makes the gravity in my stomach shift). There are a lot of people really struggling right now and it's taken a lot to live through 2016 without adding to the suicide statistics (if you're one of the people finding life challenging right now, look up CALM). You've made it this far, just keep going, it isn't like things on this planet can actually get much worse, can they? Here at DiS we've tried our best to keep you distracted from the dismal, dark and debilitating reality of this year. We've published 3 reviews almost every day in 2016 and at least 5 new features a week. We're a few 1000 eyeballs shy of 3million readers this year, so have some of that all you doubters who seem to think the internet is dying and people don't read no more... Here are the 16 most read in-depth articles that we've published this year. All of which - in my humble but I guess somewhat biassed opinion as editor in chief - are worth bookmarking to read on your festive commute or when your attempt to try to drink Jager-bombs like you're still an invincible 18-year-old leaves you pinned to your bed... 1) OUR PAUL SIMON INTERVIEW We met a legend. He was delightful. If you missed it, read it now: "I didn’t think that Bridge Over Troubled Water was a hit”: DiS meets Paul Simon 2) YES, IT'S OPETH! Perhaps not a big shock that a rare interview with one of the biggest metal bands got people clicking. "There's a lot more to Opeth than death metal": DiS Meets Mikael Åkerfeldt 3) SECRET GARDEN PARTY FESTIVAL PREVIEW A festival that a lot of you were excited about attending (or perhaps curious to go to next year based on the image we chose): 10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Secret Garden Party 4) DREAM THEATER + BOWIE The Grammy-nominated band, who formed in 1985 and have since sold tens of millions of records, are well-known for grandiose epics, dazzling virtuosity and complex structures. However, their latest album The Astonishing seems one step even further. Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater on working with David Bowie and new album 'The Astonishing' 5) INDEPENDENT MUSIC MONDAY Halfway through this year our editor compiled the best Independent tracks from his playlist that he makes every Monday (as a bit of an alternative to Independent Music Monday). Liste now: The 50 Finest Independent Tracks of 2016 (So Far) — Playlist or subscribe to Independent Music Monday now. 6) RIP DAVID BOWIE When I started looking at our Google Analytics I was a little surprised this fantastic tribute wasn't the most read thing we published this year: Sorrow, or: why it's okay to be upset at David Bowie's death. 7) RIP ATP 'But, right, the thing about Riot Grrl is that, like, they didn’t know what it was at the time. It was proto-Riot Grrrl. It’s, like, punk for women, like, proto-punk.' There’s a guy behind me in the queue for the chip shop. He must be about 20, long hair, kind-of posh sounding. He beat-boxes under his breath, and he’s mansplaining Riot Grrl to his girlfriend. Badly. At one point he refers to her mates as 'norms' because they go clubbing. I fucking hate him. To be honest I fucking hate both of them, privileged art-student types talking about why the Rocky Horror Picture Show is too mainstream to be a cult film, and whether The Raincoats are a punk band or not. I hate them. I want to punch the boy one in the face. And because I’m pretty sure he is exact[...]