2012 has been an unforgettable year. The Jubilee and the Olympics are just two of the highlights amongst many. Everyone will remember 2012 as the year that Andy Murray won his first Grand Slam, the year that James Bond was simply amazing (see our review here), and of course who the year that Bradley Wiggins became the first British man to win the Tour De France. While 2012 is going to be pretty difficult to follow, 2013 has some great events lined up so don’t despair Britain, hopefully 2013 will produce some more unforgettable moments.
2013 sees the return of the eagerly anticipated Glastonbury music festival. For avid music lovers who haven’t yet purchased their tickets, fear not. Although the main batch of tickets has already sold out the resale of returned tickets will be in early April. The rumour mill for who will be performing is already in overdrive. Adele, Arctic Monkeys, U2, Radiohead, Florence and the Machine and the Rolling Stones are all rumoured to be headlining. Stones guitarist Keith Richards has already suggested that the band would be interested in performing at the summer festival and with the band currently celebrating their 50th anniversary surely it would be a fitting end to their celebrations.
2013 is also going to be a very exciting time for fans of the big screen. Man of Steel, Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will all compete for the sci-fi crown but one thing is for certain – these four films are going to be box office hits. However if you’re not a fan of sci-fi then there’s still plenty to look forward to. The sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (see our review here) will be released mid-December next year and is sure to be another popular film at the box office but my tip for 2013 is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. F. Scotts Fitzgerald’s masterpiece has finally been turned into a film and who better to play the great Mr Gatsby than Leonardo Di Caprio? The film had originally been due out in December 2012 but was delayed due to Warner Bros concern at the timing of the release. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this film and should it prove worth it, Baftas and Oscars may not be too far away.
For those still struggling with their Olympic hangovers 2013 offers a wide range of sporting events around the UK. The Champions League Final is at Wembley this year and while tickets are going to be ridiculously expensive and very difficult to come by it will be a once in a lifetime trip. Tennis returns to Wimbledon in the summer and the 02 Arena at the end of the year. Hopefully Andy Murray can capture a Grand Slam on home soil. The Ashes also returns to home shores this summer with Australia looking for revenge after the defeat in their home country. And last but my no means least the Open Championship returns to Muirfield. The victorious member of the Ryder Cup team will be looking for individual glory when the claret jug returns to Scotland.
So for those of you looking into 2013 and thinking you’re looking into the abyss, do not despair. Whether its film, music or sport there is absolutely loads to do and see in 2013. 2012 was a great year for events but that shouldn’t mean that we look down on 2013. Let’s try and make it a great year. Roll on 2013!
Jonathan Isaacs @JonyIsaacs