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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.

BEST MOVIE?

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.

BEST RECORD?

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.

BEST BOOK?

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

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