Quite an eventful last few days. No sooner had Ballboy been confirmed as the special guests for the night when Malcolm Ross had to pull out. Malcolm had been struggling with a virus for a while and though now well on the road to recovery felt he would be too under-rehearsed to play the gig. He will however hopefully be doing something at another Avalanche event planned for early next year. All being well Malcolm should be in the crowd so feel free to ask him to hum you a couple of tunes.

However things were soon looking up again as Kid Canaveral just announced as having Avalanche’s best selling album of the year in “Shouting At Wildlife” agreed to be added to the bill making it an Avalanche best sellers quartet. This year the Scars and TV21 reissues edged our best selling album ever Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” from the top spot it has held for several years while Ballboy have sold more albums over the years in Avalanche than any other local band.

A late surge in the last two weeks meant we felt that a bit like the bookies announcing the league champions early we could safely say that Kid Canaveral would top the chart. The Savings and Loan album was a definite contender for the top slot as the EP it was based on had received a fantastic response from customers whenever we played it in the shop but came out just too late in the year to catch up though I am sure it will continue to sell throughout next year. We will publish the full top 20 in the next day or so and as usual it will be revised slightly at the end of the year to allow for any last minute sales rushes. The Scottish Enlightenment just made it into the top 20 and may rise further and the Phantom Band at 19 has now started to sell again after featuring so highly in people’s charts. Stats freaks will be pleased to know we made an adjustment for bands whose album came out while we were closed giving them the sales figures we had predicted before we knew exactly how long we would be shut.

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