There is only a couple of weeks left in 2012, so I thought I’d give you a little roundup of my personal highs and lows.
It seems that for most people this year has been a bit of a bummer. For me it has been a challenging one. I’ve experienced a whole heap of emotions that haven’t ever surfaced before and I’ve had some strange experiences, both good and bad.
Let’s start with Sweden, also known as Das Sweden. The band was lucky enough to play a couple of shows over there again all thanks to Kristopher, Emanuel and Maria. Needless to say our performances were terrible, but the experience was amazing. There’s something highly satisfying about playing to a room full of people in a different country. It’s an adventure I will never forget, not because I was pick pocketed, but because I got to spend a week with some of the greatest people I’ve ever met, apart from Craig and Jonny.
Upon my return from Sweden I entered the point in my degree where I was required to participate in a work placement. I think I got a little bit cocky when applying for places as I put all of my eggs in one basket and went for the position of a paid marketing and press intern at the Green Man festival. Early indications weren’t great and I even received a letter back from them saying that I hadn’t got the job. However, after another couple of weeks, which were filled with the making of my first zine and some work experience at BBM Magazine HQ, I got an email from the GM lot asking me to pop in for a chat.
Fast forward five months and I had not only finished my second year at uni, but I had also had the pleasure of working with some of the most incredibly talented, weird and wonderful people I have ever encountered. Green Man was a massive learning curve for me, both mentally and professionally, and has since given me the confidence to go out and find even more bigger and bolder projects that I would like to be a part of. I take my hat off to the people who work for, and organise, such a unique event and I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity to gain some priceless experience.
During the five months I spent both commuting to central London and living in Wales my family and me received some very happy news, but also some sad news. Firstly, a very close family member and friend passed away in the summer months and it took us all by surprise. This was easily one of the worst points of the year, if not the decade. However, soon after our spirits were once again lift by the news that my Brother and his wife are going to become parents early next year, meaning I will become an Uncle. Groovy!
That led me on nicely into my third year. The big one, apparently. It has been massively different to the previous years. The workload took me a little by surprise at first considering I’ve had barely anything to do over the past couple of years. It didn’t help that I had the added pressure of two major hand-ins one-after-another, but judging by my results today, I think I’ve just about managed it.
I have also spent the last three months organising and promoting gigs at a little venue in Epsom. Again this has been a great way to gain some new experience in a field that is all connected to my degree. Plus I’ve been able to see some incredible unsigned bands who are all likely to go on to do great things. It was stressful at times, but over all I had fun!
So what now? With the new year just around the corner it’s time to finish off my dissertation and then crack on with my FMP. 2013, I’m coming for you whether you like it or not. Unless that Mayan calendar bullshit is true. In which case, it was nice knowing you!
PS. I couldn’t decide on just one song to sum up the whole of 2012, so I picked two instead.