From the fringe benefits of Justin Bieber to the huge phone bills of Gaga and Beyoncé, and from Whitney Houston’s comeback wobbles to Axl Rose’s, eh, comeback wobbles, our critics recall the best and worst bits of 2010
There was no doubt about who ruled Oxegen this year as Jay-Z showed that his brand of hip-hop could work just as well in muddy, windswept fields as indoor clubs and arenas. You felt a smidgen sorry for Arcade Fire, who had to follow Jigga’s grandstanding, barnstorming performance. Come December, though, Arcade Fire had found their mojo too, and delivered one of the gigs of the year at the O2. arranger and flugelhorn player Kenny Wheeler led a big band of Britain’s best jazz musicians in Belfast’s Elmwood Hall in November to celebrate his 80th birthday. No gimmicks – just glorious music, gloriously played.