#SRCZ Review of the Year 2014
As is traditional at the end of a year, #SRCZ assembles a selection of highlights from the past year. 2014, as with any year, had much to offer with some high profile returns, local scene highlights and much more…
January saw the addictive second season of The Bridge come to BBC 4. With the departure of co-lead character Martin Rhodes announced later in the year, we’re curious as to just what the third season will evolve into. Additionally, Sherlock concluded its occasi0nally divisive third season with the return of certain arch villain.
February saw #SRCZ venture down into that there London for the rather packed celebration of Scandinavian drama that was Nordicana. Despite the huge overcrowding issue, we really did enjoy seeing stars of Borgen, The Bridge and more in person for some often revealing panels. Urban artist Love ArtUK also mounted his second Valentine’s themed exhibition to a packed opening day crowd.
March was the month that saw Threshold Festival come back to fill the various venues of The Baltic Triangle. Over three days we saw music, science, art, street parades involving aliens and much more before our very eyes. Business as usual then! In more televisual terms, the underwhelming but still enjoyable return of Jonathan Creek occurred. In odder terms, Flemish detective/thriller drama Salamander concluded its first season on BBC4.
April saw the rather excellent exhibition Down In The Galley from Liverpool based artists Tomo and Katie Craven announced and with its perfectly tucked away venue it was surely one of our art highlights of 2014. At the other end of town, The Nordic Church hosted SNØKRYSTALL with our reviewer particularly enjoying sets from Ragz Nordset and Silent Cities amongst others.
|Down In The Galley|
May saw new albums from Blondie (The excellent Ghosts of Download and the rather unnecessary but understandable Greatest Hits), Us Baby Bear Bones ( final EP Ursari) and Meshell Ndegeocello ( with the soul warming Comet Come To Me) and the rerelease of one of our favourite books Everybody Dies, by Ken Tanaka & David Ury.
June saw the first Liverpool Street Art Festival in the form of MarkIt. With a huge number of artists locally, nationally and further out and a perfect atmosphere it was a very social, very inspiring and very successful weekend we think. (Some of the work is still up in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle if you’re down that way) We also got ever closer to the in the end rather pleasing reunion of Monty Python for ten shows at London’s O2. Musicially, we saw another excellent release from Ali Ingle in the form of EP A Life Unlike Yours and the rather bizarre but entertaining Niggas On The Moon from Death Grips featuring none other than Björk!