It’s the day before the day before Christmas and the NME office is getting ready to knock off for our festive bash at a pub in Clerkenwell. Give us five hours and we’ll probably all look like this:
Before we go, though, we thought we’d ask for your highlights and low points of 2009. Here are ours. Merry Christmas!
High: My first night living in New York City – dancing around my new apartment to Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs trying to work up the courage to go outside and meet some people. That, and coming back sooner than expected to be editor of some magazine or other.
Low: Missing Blur play at Goldsmiths College. The only fun thing to happen on my road in 10 years – and I was in the wrong continent.
High: Noel Gallagher saying if me and Hamish MacBain were in a band, I’d be the singer and he’d be the roadie. Hamish was crushed.
Low: Going blind in my left eye after Glastonbury. I blame Springsteen for boring my retina to death.
High: I played football at Wembley Stadium in a journalists and celebrities football match organised by Umbro. Even in front of 90,000 empty seats, running around in the home of football was pretty special. We drew 4-all, former X Factor winner Shayne Ward on our team, he was pretty useful. I agree with Arsene Wenger though, the pitch is a touch heavy…
Low: The cat died, he was nearly 20 human years old so not a bad knock really. QPR’s policy towards management hasn’t being too inspiring either.
High: Dancing on the flame-spewing mecha-dancefloor at Glastonbury, Friday night.
Low: Becoming a low-level internet hate figure after questioning the #RATM4XMAS campaign.
High: Seeing the globe via rock – LA with Biffy Clyro, Seattle with Pearl Jam, Brazil with Gogol Bordello, Faroe Islands with Teitur, Berlin with The Rakes… and Billy Sharp’s spectacular goal-scoring run for Doncaster Rovers.
Lowp: The passing of Steven Wells. See ya later, talented dude.
High: Watching Jane’s Addiction in a packed club with just 200 other fans, as fire-breathing strippers glided overhead on trapeze swings. Plus, catching Damon and Graham’s soundcheck in an empty Brixton Academy as the hours ticked down to the riotous Shockwaves NME Awards in February.
Lows: Dannii Minogue. Jedward.