IT’S January. Look around and you will see the hallmarks of festive exhaustion in the two types of people on the streets – zombified couch-cakes, committed to licking the mince-pie crumbs from the box; and the resolvers, feigning a spring-in-their-step as they march to the nearest gym that, come February, will be long forgotten along with the dry, vegan January. Oh, how much like cardboard their tongues resemble.

Come on, people! Let’s look forward to a future that is fun, bred off a diet of good tunes and boogies which beat a treadmill any day of the week.

It’s been a great year for music in Scotland this past year, and the future looks brighter still. To help you start as you mean to go on, here’s a definitive guide of the best acts that 2020 has to offer us.

Firstly, there are a number of big names playing almost monthly and almost all at the Hydro.

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Harry Styles plays on April 26, Diana Ross on July 4, Elton John on November 24 and 25 and Celine Dion on September 11 and 12.

Gerry Cinnamon is taking to Hampden on July 18, and there are the classic festivals that the musical calendar would be bare without: TRNSMT in July, Tenement Trail around October-time and the Great Western Festival in November. Phew.

We kick off January with another festival, Celtic Connections, which from January 16 to February 2 will bring more than 300 events to showcase the vibrant roots music scene from across the world in Glasgow.

While some believe it to be reserved for trad and folk lovers, this couldn’t be further from the truth – a massive range of artists from different genres play in a number of venues big and small.

Hotly tipped are Anais Mitchell, SHHE, Rachel Sermanni, RURA and Fergus McCreadie, but my highlights are Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5 in the Fruitmarket, Pictish Trail and Rozi Plain in Saint Luke’s and Fat Suit in the Oran Mor on January 17, along with Hannah Read, Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and Cara Rose, who play the CCA on January 24, and Eddi Reader will play the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on January 25.

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There are a number of workshops, talks and events, as well as trad sessions every night in the Flying Duck, Drygate Brewery and The Art School Union.

Meanwhile, The Hug & Pint has its First Footing showcase – a new event bringing the top new music in Scotland to Glasgow’s best and wee-est stage.

Mabel is bringing in the month of love at the O2 Academy on February 1, and one of the biggest acts coming to Glasgow will be Lana Del Rey at the SSE Hydro, on February 28. Anna Meredith plays on Valentine’s night in the Barrowlands and Glasgow’s own Tom Walker and Vlure are playing in King Tut’s and the Hug & Pint.

March is a biggie, with The 1975 lighting up the Hydro on March 5 just after Lewis Capaldi on March 5 and 6. I’m particularly excited for Blindboy, who might not be playing his music but is still a delight on the ears.

Along with Harry-Styles mania, April brings us the delights of Elbow in the O2, The Twilight Sad in the Barras and Celeste in King Tut’s.

May will have Bon Iver, Brockhampton, Glasgow’s Catholic Action and the fabulous RuPaul, and June brings the powerhouses Dua Lipa and Thom Yorke.

As mentioned, TRNSMT will take most of the focus in July, with delights such as Liam Gallagher, Sam Fender, Aitch, Foals and Lewis Capaldi gracing Glasgow Green. Under fire for not having enough female acts on the line up – so far, only Rita Ora and Little Simz have made the bill – we can only hope that future announcements bring more.

September is gifting Glasgow with the good grace of Stormzy, who will take to the Hydro stage on September 10.

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After his stellar set at last year’s TRNSMT – as well as his good act of charity to the boy who broke his leg in the crowd – this show is easily going to be one of the biggest of the year.

In quite a refreshing take on the usual “summer” festival, October and November bring some of the best local grassroots events to the city in the form of Tenement Trail and the Great Western Festival.

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Although the dates are yet to be firmed up, the Glasgow Times has it on good authority that both festivals are returning – and what a win that is for music lovers in the city.

With Tenement Trail covering the East End and the Great Western covering the west, these two events showcase local and global acts in a quiet month.

2019 had the likes of Squid, CHK CHK CHK, Free Love and Sacred Paws in venues like the Glue Factory, so I’m sitting tight to see what they do next.

Finally, Deacon Blue are taking to the Hydro stage on December 4, and there is nothing like a good boogie to Dignity to remind you that Glasgow is one of the best cities in the world for music and culture.

There you have it – a whistle-stop tour of what I expect to be the best shows to catch this year.

Naturally, I’ve done a disservice – it is impossible to pay dues to every brilliant act this year, and I’ve stayed away from club nights, DJ sets and spoken word performances, just because there are too many good ones available to see for me to include.

Go forth, music lovers, and fall in love with what Glasgow has to offer this year.