The Mancunion’s favourite albums of the past year, lovingly compiled and illustrated by our contributors
A series of high-profile, transgressive album releases have shown that 2016 is the year where mainstream music has got its mojo back, writes Frank Hillman
Bon Iver’s third LP challenges every preconception about the artist, but comes off all the better for it, writes Callum Oliver
James Blake’s 76 minute epic lives up to it’s title, channelling shades of love and loss with extraordinary clarity, through vibrant and varied instrumentals
Justin Vernon’s reputation as one of the defining artists of the past few years is vindicated with a resplendent set at the Arena
9th November 2012
Complete with neon sheep and extensive arts events across the site, there’s more than a weekend’s worth to get involved with.
Arriving 20 minutes late on the eve of Halloween, it’s difficult to discern what the band have more of – instruments or facial hair.
Lingering, delicate and hauntingly beautiful. It can only be Bon Iver.