Live4ever’s Best Of 2022: Ten essential gigs of the year

The Soup Kitchen has no light, no photography pit and no restrictions so if the right band are in there it can be a right sweaty mosh, and Surfbort were no exception. Knowing Dani’s reputation it wasn’t too long before she hit the crowd and I think I got some of my best shots of 2022 that night.

As part of our end-of-year retrospective series, Live4ever’s lead photographer Gary Mather has been looking back on a busy 2022 packed with festivals, arena concerts and club shows by picking out (in no particular order) ten of his favourite gigs of the year.

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10: Foals @ Sounds Of The City, Castlefield Bowl

Photo of Foals' Yannis Philippakis greeting the Castlefield Bowl crowd (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

9: Surfbort @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Surfbort performing at the Manchester Soup Kitchen (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

8: Pixies @ Sounds Of The City, Castlefield Bowl

Photo of Pixies playing the Sounds Of The City 2022 concert series at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester on July 5th (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

7: Wet Leg @ Neighbourhood Weekender

Photo of Wet Leg performing at Neighbourhood Weekender 2022 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

6: The Prodigy @ O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Photo of The Prodigy live in Manchester on their Fat Of The Land 25th anniversary tour (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

5: Bilk @ Leeds Festival

Photo of Bilk performing at Leeds Festival 2022 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

4: The Cure @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

Photo of Robert Smith live with The Cure at Leeds' First Direct Arena (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

3: Bring Me The Horizon @ Leeds Festival

Photo of Bring Me The Horizon on the final evening of Leeds Festival 2022 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

2: Self Esteem @ TRSNMT Festival

Photo of Self Esteem on Day 2 of TRNSMT Festival 2022 (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

1: The Music @ Temple Newsam, Leeds

Photo of The Music live at Temple Newsam, Leeds (Gary Mather for Live4ever)

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