1 Pure Scenius – Brian Eno, Karl Hyde and the Necks at the Sydney Opera House

Brian Eno was the best gig I saw this year – a fascinating and thrilling performance, with the additional status of being a rare and longheld ambition fulfilled.

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2 David Byrne at Hamer hall

This was the third time I have seen David Byrne, and perhaps the best, as the show was focused on the music he wrote with Talking Heads that was produced by Eno and on their new collaborative album.

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3 Jarvis Cocker at the Forum theatre

A joyous, fun, energetic and jaunty gig from Jarvis, and the first time I have seen him.

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4 The Lucksmiths at the Thornbury theatre

There were tears and many wistful moments at this show, the second last of their farewell Melbourne shows.

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5 Johnette Napolitano at the Corner hotel

A great solo show from another old favourite. Twenty years since I saw Concrete Blonde at the height of their success, Napolitano is still an intense performer.

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