Is it really that time again? Checks calendar and unpacks Christmas tree. It's December, so firstly Merry Christmas from Zenner Towers where the tinsel is as retro as ever and santa flies a NASA spacecraft on a glitzy black tree surrounded by red and silver baubles. Mince pie?

Now that you're feeling suitably festive and frozen, sit back in your armchair let me tell you all about the stunning environs of Iceland and well, more appropriately which artists I caught at this year's Iceland Airwaves festival! The Blue Lagoon was breathtaking, I went to Sigur Rós' studio and I also got the best Marina view possible in Reykjavik, I reckon! I was truly blessed having an absolutely wonderful time with some old friends and new ones too!

There has been some intense Icelandic talent popping up over the last few years and it was great to finally get to see Samaris, Retro Stefson, Asgeir, Oyama and Sin Fang do their thing in local surrounds. All were incredible shows and I think we're going to be hearing much more from them on soil outside of Iceland in the coming months and years.

It's always special to me to be able to catch artists live that I've not managed to see before, especially ones I've previously aired or written about. Electric Eye, Caveman Empress Of, Diana, Kraftwerk and Mariam The Believer made me very happy to that end and new discoveries Royal Canoe and Kithkin were full of energy and promise. I even got to meet the team from awesome radio station KEXP from Seattle as they worked away at the KEX Hostel. They have session videos from the festival being uploaded as we speak, so eyes and ears at the ready eh?

My first post Iceland gig of the month was heading over to Liverpool's Bush Hall to see the Charlatans play their last gig for a while. A band I've followed for years who are still reeling from the loss of drummer Jon Brookes after he lost his battle with a brain tumour. Jon was a wonderful guy who used to get in touch with me about his record label and the bands he worked with. I also had the pleasure of interviewing him. It was lovely to see The Charlatans and pay my respects to John; he really will be missed.

The Tea Street Band and By The Sea supported and I was gutted to miss the latter, again. Their debut album is sensational and apparently they're working with Bill Ryder Jones on its follow up. The Tea Street band seem to be making waves across the north west at the moment, playing a show in Manchester recently too, which people were raving about.

Returning back to Iceland for a minute, did I mention that I saw the northern lights? I even pointed them out to Jamie from MONEY who squinted into the distance at them in acknowledgement. They played yet another gorgeous set in Iceland; their Bella Union released debut album is an absolute triumph to my ears and in his eclectic charming style, Jamie launched into the crowd with his bottle of red to captivate the crowd as usual. I also got to catch them playing a headline show at the Dancehouse theatre in Manchester which was a bit of a homecoming after all of their touring this year. It was a very special show and the MONEY LP cover stars band Kult Country supported. If you've not checked them out before, you must:

I raced across town after MONEY's set to catch the Lucid Dream at the newly refurbished Gullivers venue - yet another band championing the psych revival with great results.

There has been much touted about the music scene in and around Birmingham this year, so I made my second visit of the year to check out the incredible Wide Eyed and Victories At Sea, who I later found out were behind the 'All Years Leaving' festival that I attended at the Hare and Hounds.

Late November saw me talk on a panel at Louder Than Words festival about my involvement in the music industry, writing about music and more. I had such fun! The following day I attended the Ruby Lounge to see Manchester based band Darlia support The Family Rain. It had been a few weeks since I interviewed them for my Amazing Radio show and that week they made the Guardian's A New Band A Day pages, as well as being the NME Radar Band Of The Week. Skills.

A flying visit to London for some meetings saw me visit the awesome Club Milk in Leicester on my way back through. With pints served in glass milk bottles and a venue called the Cookie Jar, there was every chance I'd be leaving satisfied. It didn't disappointment; Brighton band Kins were incredible and Leicester based openers Kenworthy were a lovely find too.

After swooning over his song 'Reykjavik' for the best part of the last few months, I got to chat to and witness Brolin play live. He was supporting Gold Panda on his never ending tour. He gave me a sneaky tip that he's actually from central Yorkshire (his accent gave this away slightly!) and that there may be a track called 'Barcelona' surfacing next year. I hopped over to Band On The Wall to finish my night watching Dead Skeletons and their brand of glorious tribal psych.

I rounded my month up in amazing style in Liverpool with a line up I couldn't resist. Jonathan Wilson released a new album on Bella Union this year called Fanfare which I couldn't wait to check out live and in addition, Legendary Liverpool outfit The Sand Band were back together to support. The vibe and the venue were fitting, and shouts from the crowd of 'we're not worthy' as Mr Wilson and his band jammed out totally summed up how special it was.

My five picks for this month are

Wide Eyed: The Birmingham four piece channel everything that is great about British psychedelic rock music right now.

Courtly Love: Like The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Incredible sounds that resonate with me completely.

Paradise: Something a touch shoegazey to drop in your musical pocket this month. Duo Tony and Joseph write songs for their band in bedrooms on the A10 that mentally transport you to a sunbed on a Caribbean cruise ship; cocktail in hand.

Radiator Hospital: I was tipped off about Radiator Hospital by the Krutchfield Sisters recently (Waxahatchee and Swearin') and I'm digging what I hear. Messy punk-pop which leaves you wanting more.

Spires: The Brooklyn outfit are gearing up for an exciting 2014 after the release of single Candy Flip at the back end of 2013. Described as baggy elsewhere, but I think that's just poor word association. Their psych tone is at the fore for me.