7 Feb 2013

The Brat Year - A Recap of 2012

Hello, hope you all enjoyed our best of 2012 mixtape. It felt like a good year when we finally summarised all the new releases in a mixtape.

Anyway, we feel we should summarise the year in clubs nights and parties as well. Because that's the fun bit. Getting to play all those great records to shiny happy kids at the club!

This is what we felt we managed to accomplish this year in terms of clubbing:

- We put on a total of 32 of nights. 14 So Tough! So Cute! and 18 Too Cute To Puke nights in the UK and in Sweden. 4 more than last year despite losing two of our regular venues. Too Cute To Puke was also launched in London which was amazing. Photos from all nights are here.

- There was more discussion about gender equality on stage and behind decks and our friend Jennifer and us did a 'Girls at their best?: Gender and performers at Indietracks 2012' post which was… interesting, lets leave it at that. It's been great to see more all-girl clubs pop up and to see that more thought has been given to this issue though.

We're happy to say that out of 23 nights with guest-DJs 17 had female DJs. It hasn't been that easy finding female punk/indie/soul DJs but everyone we invited was ace despite some playing for the first time ever.

- The mixtapes sadly took a backseat but we managed to feature 4 amazing guest mixtapes by Stephanie Goodman of Shrag / Blue Minkies, KEEL HER, The Spook School and Sofia and Kristina of Like A Girl I Want You To Keep Coming.

- A disappointment was that of the 23 guest-DJs we had 1 returned the favour by inviting us to play with them. This 1 person however invited us a couple of times over the year. So yeah…

There were so many moments that made last year amazing year and it is a hard task to list them all but there are a couple of special ones we have to mention that really stuck to our memory:

We had The Smiths vs Broder Daniel special which was oh so fun. We had Mika Miko - Capricorinations become an anthem at the club. We had a Rough Trade Top 100 indie records and Slumberland Records specials which were very cool to do. As usual there was a hefty amount of emails to ask us to take down photos of people making out with somebody they shouldn't have. Seriously folks.

We had the 5th anniversary for So Tough! So Cute! which was fun and filled with emotion. And the 2nd year anniversary for Too Cute To Puke. Lucy Watusi was amazing whether she played with us in London or in Sweden. Bloody hell what a great taste in music she has. Two dream bookings came through and Comet Gains David Feck and Jon Slade each played stunning sets. Ylwa Skywalker doing several great sets despite fire alarms going off and power outages.

Every single Too Cute To Puke was so so so good. Just incredibly fun to do and to see being so appreciated. We also got to play at the big city festival Malmöfestivalen which was huge. What else, what else… Throwing out an idiot in London and playing Lily Allens  - Fuck You after. We got to play New Years at How Does It Feel To be Loved and also sweet sets in Göteborg. We got to see the Fall! Oh Mark E Smith <3. And grrrl mosh pits!

A couple of thank yous: Ylwa, Kristina & Sofia, Josef & Sebastian, Northern Portrait, Miriam Pemberton, Jon Slade, Elisabeth Östin, Kajsa Tretow, Matthew Rimell, Sven-Eric Nilsson, Lisa & Emmy, David Feck, Asta & Anna, Anna Brynolf, Ida, Linnéa & Karolina and Lucy Antsey for doing great sets. All the door persons in UK and Gracie for helping us find all these people. Sandra for a bed in the UK and everybody else we might have forgotten. Here's a drink to you all and we'll see you in 2013.

What? It's February already you say?

Oh shut up.

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