As shouldn’t come as a surprise to you (we do, after all, keep on banging on about it) John Peel’s Festive Fifty has been running every year since his death, latterly hosted under the extremely appropriate & safe rafters of our favourite internet radio station Dandelion Radio. This year is no exception & they’re currently in the process of attempting to garner as many of YOUR votes as possible. Read on for more details.

We ran a piece on here roughly 12 months encourging you all to keep the once a year ritual of voting in the festive 50 by going over to Dandelion Radio’s website to vote for your favourite three tracks of the year. If you want a reminder of what we wrote then go here.

The article we published 12 months ago explained how the #Festive50 ended up in the safe hands of Dandelion Radio, as did the stations DJ’s themselves in this feature we ran last month on Keeping It Peel Day.

To quote directly from the press release about the #Festive50:

“Once again this year Dandelion Radio will be presenting the Festive 50 over the Christmas and New Year period – That’s the best tracks of the year as voted for by our listeners, following the tradition started by John Peel over 35 years ago.

Voting is open until November 30th. We need to know your favourite three tracks of the year – you can choose any album tracks, singles, downloads or Dandelion Radio session tracks, as long as they are from 2012.

All votes are entered in a prize draw to win CDs and Festive 50-related books.

Go and vote NOW at:

Please share this to all your friends too – the more votes, the better!

The Festive 50 chart rundown show will go out daily on Dandelion Radio from December 25th to January 31st.

If you want any help with deciding who to vote for a good source of inspiration is Dandelion Radio’s track lists from the previous 12 months which you can find here. Last years top 3 were PJ Harvey, The Lovely Eggs and The Chasms & you can see the whole chart here.


In other Dandelion Radio / Festive 50 news one of the stations DJ’s, Rachael Neiman, yesterday took to the Mastermind seat on Radio 1 to answer questions on John Peel’s Festive 50. We’re not going to spoil the ending for you just in case you’d like to go here & watch it on the iplayer.

I can also recommend you go here & take a look at “The Peel Player”, a lovingly crafted (by @davenolan) online interface which randomly plays it’s way through every festive 50 track ever.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.


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