HERO OF 2018?
The people who voted for choice for women in the abortion referendum are my heroes of 2018.
VILLAIN OF 2018?
I’m angered by the British government’s ambiguity towards the Northern border. It’s insensitive and upsetting.
BEST PERSONAL MOMENT?
Singing The Pogues’ debut single ‘Dark Streets Of London’ onstage with members of the band was pretty special for me.
I was really moved by McQueen, the documentary on Alexander McQueen’s life. He was hard working, creatively inspiring, and a gentle soul who died too young.
I really love Beyondless by Iceage. It’s raw and chaotic, and it has this raggle-taggle energy, but it’s also really considered and melodic. The artwork is beautiful too.
BEST TV PROGRAMME?
I’ve never been very good at watching TV, but as we’ve been on the road so much this year, I’ve junk-watched a lot of series. I loved watching Versailles, The Crown, A Very British Scandal and Peaky Blinders. Most recently, my guilty pleasure has been Sabrina.
I read Dubliners by James Joyce for the first time this year. I’m obsessed with the cosy romanticism of places in classic novels, but usually the setting is Paris or London, so to read Dubliners and find familiar places, phrases and ways was beautiful and inspiring.
BEST THING ABOUT THE YEAR?
This is the year that we will have recorded our debut album. Creating a physical album is such an important thing for us as artists; it’s an opportunity for us to present a collection of our songs as a narrative, and a proper representation of our sound and message.
HOPE FOR 2019?
We hope to play lots of shows next year to tour our album. My greatest hope is that we will be productive in our songwriting, and keep developing as musicians and finding inspiration in the world.
WHAT TICKLED YOUR FUNNYBONE?
We were driving back to London from Leeds in heavy snow, and the roads were too dangerous to go further, so we ended up being stranded on the motorway outside Europe’s largest sex shop. Unfortunately, it was closed!
• whenyoung’s debut EP Given Up is out now