Radiohead, Sia … and the sound of bees – our writers' favourite gigs of 2016

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From Stone Roses recapturing their intimate heyday, to big-budget Grimes, to Darren Hayman entrancing a Nottinghamshire village hall – these were the shows our writers loved in 2016

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What better pre-gig omen is there than the sight of Chris Morris arriving on a bike? The second night of Radiohead’s run of London shows was attended by some of Britain’s most refined cultural figures – PJ Harvey, Adam Buxton, Julian Barratt and Kate Bush (mode of transport unknown, but I imagine son the back of a snow leopard or riding a magic carpet) – plus an army of scrupulous mortals who punished those inconsiderate enough to partake in inter-song conversation or iPhone filming with severe shushes. I was nervous because of the pressure of reviewing a band that mean so much to me, and so a lot of the night was spent panicking about how to describe such spectral songs and emotions, and whether or not I was getting the best possible view of Jonny Greenwood. It’s only when I look at the set list for that night – The National Anthem, Airbag, Idioteque, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Everything in Its Right Place, and one of my favourite songs ever, Separator – that I am reminded of what an incredible experience it was; the return of a band still evolving, improving decades into their career. The only one exceptional enough to force Chris Morris into a public space on a Friday night. Harriet Gibsone

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