Our second full year of writing about the latest new music and interviewing new bands has been a real success. We racked up 262 articles over the last year, which in total amassed over 22,500 views – taking our all-time number of views since starting this blog back in September 2016 to 49,015 of 585 total posts.
March was by far and away the busiest month of the year – and our most popular ever – with 2,757 views of our blogs, which was pushed close by last month (November 2018), in which we got 2,746 views. We’ve also grown our Twitter following to more than 2,000 and just reached the magical Facebook follower figure of 666.
So what’s amassed these numbers? Let’s take a look at our most popular articles of the year.
January and February saw two articles become our most-read article of all time, with our New Band of the Week post on Congleton newcomers Circus racking up over 400 views then Northern Irish indie-rockers Red House amassing nearly 500. Huge thanks to both of those bands for sharing the articles!
Pushing them close was last month’s New Band of the Week article on The Hideaways, which has already gone past the 350 views mark, while another New Band of the Week Dead At 27 and last month’s story on Irish newcomers God Alone. have both gone through the 200 views mark.
Bigging up new British music
My favourite thing about running GigRadar is publishing a weekly article that celebrates a new British band, our New Band of the Week feature. We’ve pretty much stuck to that weekly promise this year, publishing articles on 47 New Bands of the Week through 2018.
Obviously, that’s too many to mention individually, but a huge thank you to all the bands that took the time to talk to us, answer our likely tedious questions and for creating the music that it’s our pleasure to write about every week.
A few worthy contenders for my favourite among these include Kent’s ridiculously good COVE, the infectious sound of Sheffield rockers Steal The City, Bristol newcomers Liquid State, Southampton metal meets punk crossovers Canavar, London trio BERRIES – whose lead singer sounds cannily like the lead singer of Jack off Jill – the brutal sound of Hull’s Barbarian Hermit, and the revival of nu-metal through Bristol’s Profiler. But there are many, many more great new British bands featured on the site, so go and check them out. Give the latter a listen below:
Another of my favourite things about the site is meeting bands from all over the world. This year alone, in addition to meeting great new British bands, we’ve also spoken to bands from the USA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, through to France, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Denmark and Sweden, as well as Vietnam, South Korea and Indonesia – and our first Welsh speaking band.
Among this mass of international music, a few favourites include mighty Vietnamese metallers Windrunner and their magnificent debut album, Swedish metal act Set Before Us, New Zealand metal crew Crooked Royals, Irish newcomers Worn Out, and epic Italian tech-metallers Shading.
Feature-wise, we’ve begun hosting this international music on a GigRadar Goes Global landing page, with focus on bands from Australia, Ireland, America, Sweden, Norway, Italy and Asia. That’s alongside launching a New Music Friday series that aims to round-up the latest new music releases on a weekly basis.
While the number of gigs we’ve been to this year has been down on last year, those we have been to have been superb. A particular highlight was seeing wars and Cove support SHVPES, for which we trekked all the way down to Bournemouth for a weekend last month. And another highlight was seeing Australian rock cult Pagan play their first UK ritual alongside Bristol noise makers Phoxjaw in London the following week.
We also got a treat of new music at the Camden Rocks Festival back in June, with SHVPES up there as one of the most impressive acts, alongside the likes of Press To Meco, Hollowstar, AT THE SUN, Weekend Recovery and Colt48.
Here’s to 2019
With the excitement of discovering the arrival of a great new band, there’s always the sadness of bands that call it a day. We’d like to give a warm thank-you to the guys in War Waves who closed out with a fantastic new EP Be Well earlier this month.
A very Merry Christmas to everyone. A massive thank you to anyone who has supported the site, read our articles, listened to the bands we write about and, most importantly, to the bands that have enabled us to keep the site going. Feel free to explore GigRadar to discover new music you’ll love, and keep on supporting new music and new bands in the New Year.