Friday, November 30, 2012


Deck the halls with... No, no, no. The only seasonal offerings to expect from music in Manchester this festive month as far as I'm concerned is the many servings of art-rock with side dishes of noise-pop, alt-folk, a new all dayer festival and the now traditional Cloud Sounds Xmas Bash. Christmas carols just aren't on the menu.

Y Niwl are a regular but thrilling fixture for the Cloud Sounds Xmas Bash. This year the Welsh surf-rockers are co-headlining with ace Liverpudlian flute-and-loop wrangler Laura J Martin ably supported by the cut-up alt-pop of Magic Arm, the country-grunge of The Wobbly Hearts and the Leicestershire folk-pop of The Junipers. Today is the last day to grab tickets at £4 before they go up to the still-recession-busting price of £6.

Shebeen is a new all-dayer festival across five venues in Withington with stages programmed by Comfortable On A Tightrope, Denis Jones, Folklore Tapes and others. An excellent mix of the outré, the outsider and the original. Tickets are just £8 early bird rate.

As ever a mixtape of bands playing Manchester this month to help inform your gig-going decision-making - link in the post below this one

Manchester Gigs In Music Mixtape: December 2012 [65 mins / 74 MB] - download here.

Golden Grrrls New Pop [1.48] (16 Dec Shebeen Festival BUY TICKETS)
Allah-Las Don’t You Forget It [4.51] (13 Dec Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
MiSTOA pOLTSA Niagra Falls [8.02] (16 Dec Shebeen Festival BUY TICKETS)
U.S. Girls Jack [10.29] (8 Dec The Castle BUY TICKETS)
Boris Spoon [14.53] (5 Dec Islington Mill BUY TICKETS)
Waiters Vacillate Wildly [18.26] (16 Dec Shebeen Festival BUY TICKETS)
The Junipers Song To Selkie [21.06] (14 Dec Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
Magic Arm Move Out [23.46] (14 Dec Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
Buke & Gase Hiccup [28.12] (5 Dec Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
My Brightest Diamond Reaching Through to the Other Side [31.49] (10 Dec Islington Mill BUY TICKETS)
Lower Dens Brains [36.48] (12 Dec Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Slim Twig Young Hussies [40.45] (8 Dec The Castle BUY TICKETS)
Crooked Fingers Typhoon [45.28] (6 Dec The Castle BUY TICKETS)
Olympian Change Will Come [49.57] (19 Dec Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
Woodbine & Ivy Band Gently Johnny [55.01] (7 Dec Sacred Trinity Church BUY TICKETS)
Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou A Proud Surrender [58.53] (9 Dec Salford Lad's Club BUY TICKETS)
Bridget Hayden Waste [65.15] (16 Dec Shebeen Festival BUY TICKETS)

And not forgetting:
1 Dec Marika Hackman The Castle / 1 Dec Brown Brogues Secret Location / 1 Dec The Raveonettes Sound Control / 2 Dec Willy Mason Ruby Lounge / 2 Dec Quiet Loner The Castle / 2 Dec Mono Sound Control / 2 Dec Matthew Dear Deaf Institute / 2 Dec Chilly Gonzales RNCM / 2 Dec Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield Academy / 3 Dec Admiral Fallow Deaf Institute / 3 Dec Yeasayer Academy / 4 Dec Martha Wainwright The Ritz / 4 Dec Karima Francis The Castle / 4 Dec Stars Sound Control / 5 Dec This Is The Kit Night & Day / 6 Dec Mark Mulcahy Night & Day / 6 Dec Fidlar Soup Kitchen / 6 Dec James Blake Gorilla / 6 Dec Wild Beasts Sound Control / 6 Dec Temple Songs + Sex Hands Dulcimer / 7 Dec The Wave Pictures Night & Day / 7 Dec Beans On Toast Kraak / 8 Dec Death To The Strange + The Suns Kings Arms / 8 Dec Stealing Sheep Deaf Institute / 9 Dec Dawes Ruby Lounge / 9 Dec Josephine The Castle / 9 Dec Jo Rose & Monroe Hips Dulcimer / 12 Dec St Etienne The Ritz / 12 Dec Chris Cohen Trof Fallowfield / 13 Dec Beth Rowley The Castle / 13 Dec The Slow Show The Roadhouse / 15 Dec Slow Club Gorilla / 15 Dec The Hives Academy / 16 Dec Pete Roe + Emily And The Woods The Castle / 16 Dec Natives Sound Control / 19 Dec Ren Harvieu Ruby Lounge / 19 Dec Tim Wheeler + Emmy The Great / 20 Dec Hookworms + Kult Country Soup Kitchen / 21 Dec PINS + Female Band The Bunker

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