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Gong! Gong! Gong! It’s On the Record’s Gongs of 2013! Gong!

It’s the awards no-one really wants to claim as On the Record salutes the winners and losers of the last 12 months


Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 09:30


It wouldn’t be Christmas without OTR’s Gongs of the Year ceremony, as we salute the people and events who made 2013 zing.

The MC is here, the orchestra have warmed up and the envelopes are opened so, without further ado, here we go…

Operation Transformation of the Year: Oxegen, the festival which slimmed down from 80k to less than 20k, a massive drop of 75 per cent. Well done them!

Panto of the Year: the will they/won’t they shenanigans which went on all year long over the Electric Picnic

Whipping Boy of the Year: Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis who got a kicking in books by Morrissey and Alan McGee. At least we think Alex Ferguson left him alone.

Bogeyman of the Year: Spotify. When all else failed, musicians just had a go at the streaming service

Manager of the Year: Paul McGuinness. Dude cashed in his chips and got Live Nation to buy ‘em. Respect. At least, we think they were paying a few million for his chips.

Man of the Year: Nile Rodgers. Just, you know, because.

Woman of the Year: Lorde. Giving New Zealand a good name.

Campaign of the Year: a toss-up between Daft Punk, Beyonce and David Bowie so buala bos for the Sony team

Not the Campaign of the Year: Arthur’s Day. Or the Arthur Guinness Projects either

Send the Punters Home Happy of the Year: Neil Young at Dublin’s RDS. There are probably some people still giving out about it.

Lazaurus of the Year: HMV’s Irish stores which reopened for business

Deal of the Year: Hozier. The Wicklow man trousered some massive money from Island and Columbia.

Holedigger of the Year: Bono. Fair play to him, he keeps talking about tax.

Planning Application of the Year: sadly, we’ll never know what MCD intended for Marlay Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

And finally….


TLDR of the Year: Morrissey’s book