Challenge Week 2020: Mind The Band (What You Could’ve Won)

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Yes, I’m back with another challenge week! I had such plans for this one, made hot on the heels of the 2019 edition… The initial idea had been to have the same format: a week of posts building up to a show/concert. I realised very quickly that 2020 was the 50th anniversary of The Kinks’ Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround – and the London (well, Wimbledon) stint of the Sunny Afternoon tour just so happened to coincide with the specific release date. Bingo! A tangential Sunny Challenge week was in the offing.

Sadly (& predictably) Sunny Afternoon became one of the many theatrical casualties of the pandemic-induced shutdown, so it just didn’t feel like the stars were still in alignment for this plan to really work.

However! I managed to hit upon a replacement idea where everything seemed to fall effortlessly into place, and so I’m running with it. Therefore, it is my pleasure to welcome you “Have a look at what you could’ve won” week! Yes, I’ve married a popular (old) gameshow catchphrase with a pertinent theme. I had quietly aimed to go to a minimum of one gig a month in 2020 – and was in very good shape before coronavirus had other ideas – so I thought I’d partly torture myself & partly celebrate what the rest of 2020 was shaping up to be by featuring artists I had either booked to see or was on the cusp of buying a ticket for. They all stung, but one was by far my biggest heartbreak of the year.


In no particular order, the artists I’ll be posting about this week will be: Incubus, Alanis Morissette, Elton John, Anthony Strong, Ash, The Script, and Queen + Adam Lambert. I’m also including The Kinks because that album is too good to go unmarked.

I aim to bring a range of different posts to you, including a closer look at some classic records, some album reviews, a bit of #TimsTwitterListeningParty fun, and possibly even an interview or two. There’ll be plenty going on across my social media platforms (especially if I get lazy after six weeks off from writing!), and I intend to create a playlist or two to mark the occasion…

Now I just have to keep my fingers crossed that the mail gods are on my side so tomorrow’s two new releases make it here in time to feature!

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