It’s Christmas! Almost! While we’ve had a little hiatus, we’re back and ready to share with you the best of the best this Christmas week. While this is the season of sharing and caring, why not have a little peruse of the best gigs and shows we’ve found for you, and treat someone (or just yourself) to a gig or two – nothing quite says love like standing next to someone and singing so loud they can’t hear who’s on stage (or is that just me…). Enjoy!
MAYFIELD DEPOT – FATBOY SLIM
Nothing quite says “I love you” like taking your nearest and dearest to an abandoned train station… Norman Quentin Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim, is easily the one of the most well known and successful dance artists of all time. Even if you don’t know his name (which, let’s be honest, who doesn’t), you’ll at least know his songs. It’s bound to heat up in there with his party-fuelled bangers, along with a plethora of acts who have come to join him make your festive period that little bit more merry. Joining him will be Cousn, Prospa, Mele, Route 94, Eats Everything and more! There are still a couple of tickets left so get them while you can for your better-than-your-works-do-christmas-party!
After two successful years of sell-out tours, a critically acclaimed album, oh and just a couple of festival appearances, The Moonlandingz founders Adrian Flanagan and Dean Honer have cosied up to Leonore Wheatley, lead singer of The Soundcarriers, creating an exciting new ‘nerd disco’ project – The International Teachers of Pop. Combining analogue synthesisers and drum machines with a contemporary vision, they’re sure to put on an amazing live show. Dubbed as “demented parallel universe popstars”, the trio are ready to make sure you are in the Christmas spirit.
THE BREAD SHED – AN EVENING WITH SHAUN RYDER + THE JADE ASSEMBLY
How about something a little bit different for the ones you care about most, who in turn care about Happy Monday’s the most. Shaun Ryder, English songwriter, television personality and author, and mainly lead singer of the Happy Mondays, he was the leading figure in the Madchester cultural scene in the late 1980s. Enjoy spending an evening with him, finding out more about the life of a Manchester mogul, and get the chance to ask him some questions yourself!
Following their recent support of Two Door Cinema Club on their UK arena tour, Stockport romantics Fuzzy Sun are to headline The Victoria with support from the Average Sex and Persian Furs! A journey through melodic, psychedelic pop is what’s to be expected from the group, as they bring you contemporary pop infused with psychedelia, dipped with a bit of R&B and disco flare. Get tickets for these guys while you can, we’re sure that they’re going to blow up!
O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE – RONNIE SPECTOR & THE RONETTES
Okay, now this will be a Christmas party if ever you went to one! The ultimate Mrs Claus is making her way to London to really kick off Christmas – expect a show and a half. Ronnie Spector will be returning with her band, The Ronettes, delivering a raucous and intoxication blend of Ronnie’s Christmas classics, such as ‘Sleigh Ride’ (which returned to the Top 40 last Christmas) and ‘Frosty the Snowman’, and her classic 60s rock ‘n’ roll. As an artist whose voice has defined an entire era of pop music, it’s your chance to see it live!
Okay, okay… maybe just one more gig that’s definitely going to do a Christmas classic (I cannot stick to my promise). The Darkness will be headlining the Roundhouse in London this Friday! Following the release of their sixth studio album Easter Is Cancelled in October, the group have returned to spread their message across the UK. The album sees the four embark upon their most ambitious quest to date, and you can hear it on their tour in their mission to march towards the lands of inclusivity, togetherness and rock ‘n’ roll fellowship! Oh, and to sing “Christmaaaas tiiiiiiime, don’t let the bells eeeennnd!”, yeah, that too…
Gerry Cinnamon has announced his biggest Scottish headline show to date, following a sold-out arena tour across the rest of the UK and Ireland! The Scottish artist has undoubtedly had an incredible musical journey since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Erratic Cinematic. Gerry has become a cult-hero and comes off the back of his summer playing a plethora of festivals including Glastonbury and all while still choosing to remain unsigned! The guy himself has said to “The last stint was top class. Expect nothing less from these gigs.” Well, if that’s anything to go off you’re gonna have to get tickets!
The Slow Reader’s Club, a Manchester based four piece, are travelling up to Scotland to show off some of their indie electro pop doom. Their latest album came out in October, and is a live album at Manchester O2 Apollo, the perfect venue for a hometown gig. As a band that have truly worked hard at what they do – and still had day jobs as of earlier in the year – they’re not one to be slept on.
T’is the season for being merry and giving to others – so why not do both? Liverpool Disco Festival / Hustle founder and resident James Morgan marks his 20th year of DJing with a 24 hour charity fundraiser DJ set in support of the most vulnerable during the festive period. All of he sponsored donations will be going towards supporting the homeless in Liverpool, UK & Ireland. It will begin via a live stream at about midnight on Thursday 20th December, and will be open to the public from8pm on Friday 21st December to have a little boogie for the final 8 hours of the session. A special guest DJ will join James for the final 4 hours for a B2B final to close at 4am. It’s gonna be a really good time for a really good cause – what’s not to love?