Gilles Peterson Worldwide Blog on Happy New Year // Gilles P Looking Back On 2011
Not sure if it’s new or old but I just watched this LENNONYC doc on the plane. Really good – Yoko is amazing throughout – a really good insight to a remarkable artist.
So here we are again, as the clock ticks on and a new year kicks in… 2012 should be amazing for us east Londoners as the Olympics are coming! It’s gonna be big – I’m not leaving Hackney in August. I wanna take it all in… even if I never managed to get tickets… and Lord did I try!
I’m playing in Jakarta for NYE – I played here 2 years ago and loved it – and the thought of a few days in the sun was too good to miss, especially after the madness of the last month.
I’m going to announce the shortlist for the Worldwide Awards on Tuesday… by the way, in case you didn’t know – the shortlist is chosen by a panel of ‘esteemed’ music fans who happen to know each other through the Browns wood Forum. We had our annual meeting just before Christmas and spent a few hours discussing the year in music… so it’s not entirely my list, but a well discussed ‘Mercury Prize’ style breakdown. All roads lead to the awards on 21st Jan at Koko – be quick if you want tickets as it’s gonna be sold out within the next few days I’m sure.
2011 has been unforgettable for me. Firstly, and most importantly from a personal point of view, I completed a marathon. Yes I know – completely boring to anyone who doesn’t run, but to me a landmark moment completing in 4 hours 44… and I have to say going past Big Ben in the final straight is up there with the greatest moments of my life (next to drinking Romanee Conti 1961 and the birth of my kids!!). Next stop Tokyo marathon Feb 26 (oh shiiiiit!)
Obviously, I fell back into my DJ being, but at least I managed to do something that got me into shape and also attracted interest to the Steve Reid Foundation which was set up to aid musicians and celebrate the spirit and work of a great master. The Foundation will continue to work alongside the Musicians Benevolent