List: Front people of the year

Here is a list of my favourite front people of the year. The list is based on stage presence, charisma, performance and intrigue, and in no order:

Meredith Metcalf

I think the photo says it all. A really incredible frontwoman. Music Go Music. 

Kevin Barnes

It seems like a long, long time ago since I last saw of Montreal. It was my favourite show of the year for quite a while. The whole band are excellent but Barnes has such an effortlessly cool, magnetic stage presence. of Montreal.

Nedelle Torrisi

I love Cryptacize. Nedelle is the perfect front woman, dancing along to the music and singing with alot of animation. It’s wonderful! Cryptacize.

Karin Anderssen

Karin gets to be on the list because, even though you can’t see her, she’s completely hypnotic and fascinating.

Mariam Wallentin

Mariam sings with so much passion and feeling. During songs like There Is No Light it’s hard to take your eyes from her as she switches between the two mics, bangs the drums and motions with her arms along to the lyrics of the song. It’s brilliant; she is an amazing performer. Wildbirds & Peacedrums.

Anja Plaschg

The 19 year old Austrian is so intense, so hypnotic… completely entrancing. She has a Bjork-esque mysticism to her, a truly talented performer already. Soap&Skin.

Emanuel Lundgren

Emmanuel is the perfect leader to the wonderful Swedish troupe, comprised entirely of JOY. Watching him makes me feel happy. He intereacts with the crowd and the band members brilliantly… and crowd surfing is always fun. I’m From Barcelona.

Jessica Larrabee 

Jess rocks. She’s got such a powerful voice and is great to watch and listen to… she can win over any crowd with her charm! She Keeps Bees.

Kristian Matsson

With the exception of a handful of songs, I’m not that familiar with his music. Despite this, he commandeered the crowd at End of the Road. He was alone on the stage but managed to make it feel full. He darted about and played with so much energy; I really enjoyed his set. The Tallest Man On Earth.

Tim Kasher

Playing guitar right at the edge of the stage, jumping into the audience, climbing atop the speakers… it was exciting and a joy to be witnessing. Cursive.

Annie Clark

Annie Clark is the Queen of charisma. She’s a brilliant front woman; confident, charming… and she shreds on the guitar. St. Vincent.

Who have I missed out!?

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