Today is the 27th of December, which marks the start of a four day period in which humans find themselves practically useless. We’re obviously talking about the void period between Christmas and New Year, a space of four days which need filling up as much as possible. While we hammer away at the brand new All Things Loud website, we thought it would be a good idea to close out 2015 with some superlatives. Find them below.

BEST SHOW OF 2015: Django Django @ Melkweg Amsterdam
“As the show came to an end, one thing was very clear – there is no one out there right now who does it like Django Django do it. You’ll be hard pushed to think of a band who sound remotely like them, let alone one who combines music and visuals so beautifully in a live setting. If there were more bands around right now along the lines of Django Django, live music would be very, very exciting.”

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DJANGO DJANGO

BEST FESTIVAL SET OF THE YEAR: Enter Shikari @ Lowlands 2015
Never had we seen a festival set filled with so much vigour, perseverance and energy. Enter Shikari, although arriving 30 minutes before stage time, managed to do something which no other act at Lowlands managed all weekend – tear the whole place up.

ENTER SHIKARI

ENTER SHIKARI

BEST SOLO: Ghost – Absolution
“Once the song reaches its solo, it’s like heaven has started to coexist on hell. Both guitars come together and play in sync, the high notes so precise that they’re capable of producing happiness-induced tears on behalf of the listener. Everything that Meliora has worked towards comes together on Absolution, with its solo the absolutely monstrous climax point. The song comes to a cataclysmic ending as the guitars crescendo in an absolutely disastrous manner. You’ll be hard pushed to find a hard rock song better than Absolution in 2015, as it really is that good.”

GHOST

GHOST

BEST BAND: Nothing But Thieves
We can’t shut up about Nothing But Thieves. From the moment that these five guys emerged back in January we knew that they were destined for greatness. It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world caught on, and boy have these lads done well in 2015. Without a doubt our favourite band of the year.

NOTHING BUT THIEVES

NOTHING BUT THIEVES

MOST USELESS COMEBACK: The Stone Roses’ 2016 shows
If there’s no new music, then why do the band feel the need to cash in further on former glory?

THE STONE ROSES

THE STONE ROSES

BEST MOMENT: The Beatles finally being available to stream
It’s been quite a long time coming, but a few days ago The Beatles were finally available to stream across a diverse range of platforms. House parties can now come with an added hint of Hey Jude if need be – hallelujah.

THE BEATLES

THE BEATLES

WORST ARTIST: 5 Seconds of Summer
Before you pile the hate on us, please understand that this is our personal opinion. Are the world enriched by these Aussie lads? No. Did we need a band like 5 Seconds of Summer? No. Point out.  

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER

OUR FAVOURITE PICTURES:
A Day to Remember @ Rock am Ring 2015 (as chosen by Natasja de Vries)
It was an honour to shoot a band like A Day to Remember, especially when your first time shooting is at a major festival.

KEVIN SKAFF, A DAY TO REMEMBER

KEVIN SKAFF, A DAY TO REMEMBER

Jungle @ Metropolis Festival 2015 (as chosen by Jack Parker)
I think this picture captures the pure essence of what Jungle are all about – having fun. In the picture you see one half of the duo surrounded by smoke, with an outstretched arm. He’s losing himself to the music, and it essentially reflects the nature of a Jungle show: lose yourself in and amongst the mystery.

JUNGLE

JUNGLE

See you in 2016.