Now I normally hate anything billed as 'Christmassy'. And this is grandly titled 'The Christmas Bash'. But name aside the Cloud Sounds and Red Deer Club joint party is indeed a tasty seasonal treat. Eight bands for £6 in the cosy setting of Withington's Fuel Cafe Bar: Y Niwl, Young British Artists, Jane Weaver, The Maladies of Bellafontaine, Onions, The Louche FC, Stealing Sheep and Alun Tan Lan. So enticingly good I might make an exception to my aversion of Christmas-themed events. Just don't expect me to wear a Santa hat.
Elsewhere there is an astonishing range of other good gigs on offer so there should be no excuse this December for opting for Eighties nostalgia in draughty arenas. In fact there's no excuse for that at any time of the year.
And to help you make your choices, a mixtape of some of the bands playing Manchester this December. Link for the mixtape [51 mins / 58 MB] is in the post following this one.
Manchester Gigs in Music Mixtape: December 2010
The Rural Alberta Advantage The Dead Roads [2.38] (8 Dec Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Walton Hesse Only Son [6.31] (8 Dec Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Dan Haywood’s New Hawks Superquarry [10.09] (16 Dec Sacred Trinity Church BUY TICKETS)
The Maladies of Bellafontaine Black Biro [15.41] (10 Dec Fuel Cafe Bar BUY TICKETS)
Sophie’s Pigeons Impatient [19.04] (4 Dec Antwerp Mansion BUY TICKETS)
Basia Bulat Go On [22.29] (5 Dec Academy BUY TICKETS)
Tamaryn Love Fade [26.03] (3 Dec Kraak Gallery BUY TICKETS)
Jo Rose Another Name For Mercy [29.36] (18 Dec Green Room BUY TICKETS)
Y Niwl Undegpump [32.27] (10 Dec Fuel Cafe Bar BUY TICKETS)
Wooden Shjips Motorbike [37.16] (10 Dec Islington Mill BUY TICKETS)
Truman’s Water We Fish [39.32] (12 December Islington Mill BUY TICKETS)
Sonic Youth Sacred Trickster [41.41] (30 Dec Academy 1 BUY TICKETS)
Frankie Rose & The Outs Little Brown Haired Girls [44.24] (10 Dec Islington Mill BUY TICKETS)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor The Dead Flag Blues [50.53] (7 Dec Academy 1 BUY TICKETS)
And not forgetting:
1 Dec Menomena Deaf Institute / 1 Dec Jenny & Johnny Ruby Lounge / 1 Dec The Thing Islington Mill / 2 Dec Paul Smith Deaf Institute / 2 Dec The Young Gods Academy / 3 Dec The Concretes Deaf Institute / 3 Dec I Am Kloot Manchester Cathedral / 3 Dec Tanlines Islington Mill / 3 Dec Frankie & The Heartstrings Salford Lads Club / 3 Dec Boy or Bear Night & Day / 4 Dec Jesse Malin & The St Mark’s Social Sound Control / 6 Dec Tim Hecker Islington Mill / 6 Dec Shit Browne Night & Day / 7 Dec Delorean Ruby Lounge / 7 Dec Belle & Sebastian Apollo / 7 Dec Damo Suzuki Dulcimer / 7 Dec Gabe Minnikin Night & Day / 8 Dec Marner Brown Dry Bar / 8 Dec MJ Hibbett 'Dinosaur Planet' Kings Arms / 9 Dec Ty Segall Deaf Institute / 9 Dec The Boy Least Likely To Ruby Lounge / 9 Dec Rangda + Howlin’ Rain Islington Mill / 9 Dec Chapel Club St Phillips Church / 10 Dec Moon Duo Islington Mill / 10 Dec The Wedding Present Academy / 10 Dec The Moulettes Ruby Lounge / 11 Dec Arcade Fire Manchester Central / 11 Dec Orphan Boy Night & Day / 13 Dec Everything Everything RNCM / 15 Dec Orange Goblin Sound Control / 15 Dec The Heartbreaks Sacred Trinity Church / 17 Dec St Etienne The Ritz / 17 Dec Acoustic Ladyland Band on the Wall / 18 Dec Fredo Viola Deaf Institute / 21 Dec Kirsty Almeida Matt & Phred’s