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So here we have it! The top 12 of '12 as voted by the staff of Banquet.  Individual charts are shown, and then we've totted them up with a weighting towards the bosses, and here's the top dozen albums of the year according to us.

We gave The Front Bottoms the news and they sent us this video back, in their own style.  

Staff members have also listed their favourite Banquet events from the 200+ we've done in 2012.

As you'd expect, its a varied mix, but covering the bases of indie, punk and dance, small bands and massive acts, which is what we do each day of the year.  How many do you have?  How many have you checked out? 

As a bunch of music fans, we wanna say thanks to all the bands and producers who've put out great music throughout the year and allowed us to sell their records.  The bands, acts and DJs who've played for us and, our customers who keep us in the position to do this throughout the year.

The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms John Talabot - Fin Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights Daphni - Jiaolong The Maccabees - Given To The Wild Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
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Banquet Records
John Talabot
Fin
Permanent Vacat..
Mixtapes
Even On The Wor..
No Sleep Record..
Daphni
Jiaolong
Jiaolong
The Maccabees
Given To The Wi..
Fiction
Spector
Enjoy It While..
Fiction
Jessie Ware - Devotion (Sale) Basement - colourmeinkindness (New Colour) Alt-J - An Awesome Wave Tall Ships / Big Scary Monsters - Everything Touching The XX - Coexist (Poster) Title Fight - Floral Green
Jessie Ware
Devotion
Island
Basement
colourmeinkindn..
Run For Cover
Alt-J
An Awesome Wave
Infectious
Tall Ships / Bi..
Everything Touc..
Big Scary Monst..
The XX
Coexist
Young Turks
Title Fight
Floral Green
Side One Dummy
2011
Jon's 2012ALBUMS

01. Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights
02. The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms
03. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
04. Azealia Banks - 1991
05. Apologies, I Have None - London
06. Tall Ships - Everything Touching
07. Mystery Jets - Radlands
08. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
09. The Skints - Part & Parcel
10. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild

EVENTS


01. 02/09/12 - Skints at Kingston Carnival
02. 05/05/12 - The Menzigers at the Fighting Cocks
03. 03/05/12 - Mystery Jets instore / New Slang
04. 13/11/12 - Chuck Ragan instore
05. 02/04/12 - Futureheads instore
                     

JON ALSO LIKED
01. Kingston Skate Park. Switch blunts. Nollie Lasers.  
02. House / Homeland / Sunday nights
03. Ks fleeting moments of not being rubbish
04. (Kingston) Olympic fever
05. The People's Democratic Republic of Chiswick's re-promotion after recent relegation

 
2011
Mike's 2012ALBUMS

01. John Talabot - Fin
02. Gang Colours - The Keychain Collection
03. Jessie Ware - Devotion
04. Daphni - Daphni
05. Tall Black Guy - Tempo Dreams
06. Boof - Shh, Dandelions At Play
07. T.E.E.D - Trouble
08. Dibiase - Sound Palace
09. Wrongtom & Deemus J - In East London
10.
Actress - RIP

EVENTS

01. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 03/10/12 - Mosca/Boddika/Dusky at Repeater
03. 23/08/12 - Jessie Ware instore
04. 13/09/12 - AlunaGeorge at New slang
05. 27/04/12 - Jehst (Live Band) at D.A.N.C.E.


MIKE ALSO LIKED
01. Only having holiday time off to go to weddings
02. Buying a house
03. Tennis before work with Sunday Jamie and Jon Cyantific


jane
Jane's 2012ALBUMS

01. The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms
02. Miike Snow - Happy To You
03. Basement - Colourmeinkindness
04. Sharks - No Gods
05. The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
06. Metric - Synthetica
07. Jens Lakeman - I Know What Love isn't
08. Motion City Soundtrack - G0
09. Stars - The North
10. 
Gallows - Gallows

EVENTS


01. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 03/04/12 - Hundred Reasons at the Fighting Cocks
03. 26/07/12 - Pure Love at New Slang
04. 10/05/12 - The Front Bottoms instore
05. 25/05/12 - Say Anything instore


JANE ALSO LIKED
01. Hundred Reasons IAOS anniversary shows
02. Iceland / New York / Washington trips
03. Olympic cycling / flame / fever in Kingston
04. The Pooh Sticks in Brighton
05. Archers Of Loaf in London

tom2011
Tom's 2012ALBUMS

01. Title Fight - Floral Green
02. Metz - Metz
03. Off! - Off!
04. Converge - All We Love We Left Behind
05. Jack White - Blunderbuss
06. DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams
07. Birds In Row - You, Me And The Violence
08. Gnarwolves - Cru
09. White Lung - Sorry
10. Jessie Ware - Devotion


EVENTS

01.
04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 1711/12 - The Bronx matinee show
03. 16/09/12 (Ok Pilot supporting) Latterman at The Peel
04. 31/08/12 The Flatliners at The Fighting Cocks
05. 18/10/12 We Are The Physics instore


TOM ALSO LIKED
01. Starting work at Banquet
02. Breaking Bad
03. Metz at The Old Blue Last
04. Knowing I can expect something from Rocket From The Crypt in 2013
05. Chris Ouseley Moynan getting married


piers2011
Piers' 2012ALBUMS

01. Enei - Machines
02. Octane & DLR - Method In The Madness
03. Audio - Soulmagnet
04. Death Grips - The Money Store
05. Symmetry Presents - The Other Side
06. Mala - Mala In Cuba
07. Daphni - Jiaolong
08. Spectrasoul - Delay No More
09. Wrongtom - Wrongtom Meets Deemas J in East London
10.
The Orb Feat. Lee Scratch Perry - Soulman

EVENTS

01.
04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 03/10/12 - Mosca/Boddika/Dusky at Repeater
03. 06/04/12 - Basher/Xtrah/Codebreaker&Unknown/Tronik at Repeater
04. 14/09/12 - Spectrasoul at Repeater
05. 19/10/12 - Klashnekoff at D.A.N.C.E.


PIERS ALSO LIKED
01. El Tequito wraps
02. People Just Do Nothing instore shoot
03. Warehouse Project in Manchester
04. Sam E:B's team GB fanaticism / Sam E:B's handlebars
05. MPC Wednesdays


s
Salty's 2012ALBUMS

01. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
02. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls 
03. Maccabees - Given To The Wild
04. Daphni - Jiaolong
05. Lucy Rose - Like I Used To
06. The Heavy - The Glorious Dead
07. Jesse Ware - Devotion
08. Jack White Blunderbuss
09. Of Monsters & Men - My Head Is An Animal
10. Japandroids - Celebration Rock


EVENTS

01. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day out
02. 20/05/12 - Skints Fundraiser at The Fighting Cocks
03. 02/04/12 - The Futureheads a capella instore
04. 05/07/12 - Bastille/Dan Le Sac at New Slang
05. 23/08/12 - Jesse Ware instore


SALTY ALSO LIKED
01. Bestival & Camden Crawl

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Ollie's 2012ALBUMS

01. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
02. Polica - Give You The Ghost
03. Grimes - Visions
04.
Sharon Van Etton - Tramp
05.
Tame Impala - Lonerism
06.
Of Monster & Men - My Head Is An Animal
07.
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
08.
Walkmen - Heaven
09. Passion Pit - Gossamer
10. The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms

EVENTS

01.
04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 15/05/12 - Banquet's Little Day Out
03. 18/09/12 - The Front Bottoms at The Cricketers
04. 30/08/12 - The Vaccines at New Slang
05. 28/08/12 - Human pyramid at Into it. Over It.


OLLIE ALSO LIKED
01. Beating Spurs 5-2 twice in a calender year
02. Reading 5 - 7 Arsenal
03. Colleen buying me a lego Millenuim Falcon
04. Jeff Mangum ATP
05. Euro 2012 Italy days

Max's 2012 ALBUMS

01. Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm
02.
Fun. - Some Nights
03. Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
04. The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms
05. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
06. Cursive - I Am Gemini
07. Our Time Down Here - Midnight Mass
08. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
09. No Trigger - Tycoon
10. Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights


EVENTS

01. 01/06/12 - Into It. Over It 2 hour set at The Cricketers
02. 25/05/12 - Set Your Goals/Make Do And Mend/Spycatcher at The Peel / Say Anything/Spycatcher instore
03. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
04. 23/04/12 - The Wonder Years/The Swellers/Home Advantage at The Peel & Max Nixon in the Emergency Room
05. 14/08/12 - Slingshot Dakota/Maura Mixtapes/The Static Age/Starters at The Fighting Cocks


MAX ALSO LIKED
01. Tony Watt Vs Barcelona
02. People coming home from places
03. Jelly & ice cream
04. 10 year anniversary shows / vinyl reissues
05. Headers and volleys and Buckfast at the Estadio National

  
chris's 2012 ALBUMS

01. Converge - All We Love We Left Behind
02. Birds In Row - You, Me And The Violance
03. Baroness - Yellow & Green
04. Hot Water Music - Exister
05. Basement - Colourmeinkindness
06. White Lung - Sorry
07. Rise & Fall - Faith
08. Title Fight - Floral Green
09. Best Coast - The Only Place
10. Code Orange Kids - Love Is Love//Retun To Dust


EVENTS


01. 17/11/12 - The Bronx matinee at The Peel
02. 19/03/12 - Ceremony at The Fighting Cocks
03. 01/06/12 - Into It. Over It. at The Cricketers
04. 13/11/12 - Chuck Ragan instore
05. 16/09/12 - Latterman at The Peel


CHRIS ALSO LIKED
01. Getting Married
02. Trip to California
03. Getting to play with Latterman
04. Meeting Kerry King & Chuck Ragan
05. Breaking Bad seasons 1-5


2011
Clare's 2012ALBUMS

01. Beach House - Bloom
02. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
03. Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
04. Maccabees - Given To The Wild
05. The Heartbreaks - Funtimes
06. Mystery Jets - Radlands
07. The Vaccines - Come Of Age
08. Tribes - Baby
09. Summer Camp - Always
10. Jesse Ware - Devotion


EVENTS

01. 03/05/12 - Mystery Jets/Young Romance at New Slang
02. 21/04/12 - Record Store Day
03. 25/10/12 - New Slang's 6th Birthday with The Heartbreaks and King Charles
04. 15/08/12 - Spector at The Fighting Cocks
05. 30/08/12 - The Vaccines at New Slang


CLAIRE ALSO LIKED
01. Playing with Mystery Jets at New Slang
02. Indietracks Festival
03. Mystery Jets at Brixton (notice the pattern here...)
04. The Euros (Forza Italia)
05. Piers 'uncle PP' / 'uncool PP' / 'pump' Piers


2011
Chris G's 2012ALBUMS

01. Jack White - Blunderbuss
02.
The Front Bottoms - The Front Bottoms
03. Tim Barry - 40 Miler
04. Bloc Party - Four
05. Maccabees - Given To The Wild
06. John K. Sampson - Provincial
07. Tall Ships - Everything Touching
08. Tribes - Baby
09. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
10. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange


EVENTS

01. 30/08/12 - The Vaccines at New Slang
02. 25/05/12 - Say Anything instore
03. 21/04/12 - Record Store Day
04. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
05. 18/09/12 - The Front Bottoms at The Cricketers


CHRIS ALSO LIKED
01. At The Drive-In at Reading
02. The Dark Knight Rises in Imax
03. Cornish White Russians
04. Max booing the Ref at BSM's 5-a-side
05. Seeing the Olympics

 
Jamie's 2012ALBUMS

01. The XX - Coexist
02. Gang Colours - Gang Colours
03. Spectrasoul - Delay No More
04. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
05. John Talabot - Fin
06. Onra - Chinoiseries Pt 2
07. Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
08. Scuba - Personality
09. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
10. GZA - Liquid Swords Boxset


EVENTS

01. 21/04/12 - Record Store Day
02. 08/02/12 Reel Big Fish
03. 15/05/12 Jamie Thorn/Silver Days/Young Romance at the Fighting Cocks
04. 2012 - Piers Kemp instore (daily)
05. 10/10/12 - The Herbaliser instore


JAMIE ALSO LIKED
01. Asking for my job back and being behind the till 12 hours later
02. Colleen moving into my house
03. The BSM referee
04. Learning to put milk in with the teabag
05. My Immune system


Aaron's 2012ALBUMS

01. Tall Ships - Everything Touching
02. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
03. Grizzly Bear - Shields
04. Dry The River - Shallow Bed
05. Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead
06. The XX - Coexist
07. The Maccabees - Given To the Wild
08. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
09. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
10. Everyone Everywhere - Everyone Everywhere


EVENTS

01. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out
02. 2012 - New Slangs (GCWCF, Dry The River...)
03. 02/12/12 - The Xcerts at The Fighting Cocks
04. 18/09/12 - The Front Bottoms at the Cricketers
05. 01/06/12 - Into It. Over It. at The Cricketers


AARON ALSO LIKED
01. Trips to Amsterdam and Berlin
02. Secret Garden Party and Bestival
03. BSM 5-a-side, getting inspired to play football again and going on to sign with Bombolino Calcio
04. Silver Days EP Launch at The Fighting Cocks
05. Homeland


Colleen's 2012ALBUMS

01. Don Broco - Priorities
02. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
03. Lower Than Atlantis - Changing Tune
04. Hit The Lights - Invicta
05. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
06. Passion Pit - Gossamer
07. Mixtapes - Even On The Worst Nights
08. Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
09. Title Fight - Floral Green
10. Misser - Everyday I Tell Myself I'm Going To Be A Better Person


EVENTS

01. 23&24/04/12 - The Wonder Years at The Peel
02. 04/02/12 - The Story So Far instore
03. 24/03/12 - Los Mendosas final show at The Fighting Cocks
04. 01/06/12 Into It. Over It at The Cricketers
05. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out


COLLEEN ALSO LIKED
01. Moving into the Urban House with Jamie B.
02. Blink 182 at Brixton Academy...Actually crying through 'Going Away To College'
03. Almost watching wrestling with Soupy, but instead spending the night in A&E with Max
04. Ordering a box of Lego bigger than me for Ollie
05. Being an honorary stag in Alton Towers. Dressed up as a Mexican and Shouting "Gringo" at children who tried to steal my moustache


Harry's 2012ALBUMS

01. Ganjasufi - Muzzle
02. Balam Acab - Wander Wonder
03. Jehst - RSD Dragon Of An Ordinary Family Remix
04. Jamie Jones - Tracks From The Crypt
05. Four Tet - Pink
06. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
07. Burial - Street Halo Kindred EPS (Japanese Release)
08. Bonobo - Black Sands Remixed
09. JJ Doom - Keys To The Kuffs
10. The XX - Coexist


EVENTS

01. 27/04/12 - Jehst (full Band) at D.A.N.C.E
02. Kingston skatepark BMX jam After Party w/ Rattlesnake
03. 23/08/12 - Jessie Ware instore
04. 12/10/12 - Random Impulse at D.A.N.C.E.
05. 04/06/12 - Banquet's Big Day Out


HARRY ALSO LIKED
01. Completing Music Media & Rights course
02.
Flying Lotus 3 layer effect show
03. Hideout Festival
04. The Successes of Tea photos on Facebook
05. Getting a pay rise at my day job