Top of the Pops

I write this week amid more news concerning the BBC’s flagship pop charts knees-up (and paedophile production factory), Top of the Pops, is in line to make a comeback. Aside from any alleged (and proven) misdemeanours by its past presenters, it’ll be a chance to revisit your youth. Unless you are a youth, in which case, lucky you. There’s one thing for sure in this week’s charts – it’s still #1, it’s the Bag Thing weekly Manchester listings blog.


The Xmas calendar countdown guarantees you a couple of things. 1. Naff chocolates, and 2. Middle of the road music. Which is why all we can point at for Monday 7th is TV choirboy Gareth Malone at Bridgewater Hall.

But stay with us. Band on the Wall hosts Warpainter JennyLee on Tuesday 8th, who pitches chilled-out tones at the opposite end of the spectrum to her bellicose primary band’s name.

In at Wednesday 9th, rising seven places from last week’s top ten double a-side, it’s the twee indie poet laureate Jeffrey Lewis. He’s joined by his backing band Los Bolts for a Deaf Institute show.

Francophone dance classics Saint Etienne, who most likely featured on TOTP back in the day find themselves a few streets down towards Deansgate at Albert Hall that night.

Plug in those amps on Thursday 10th, because you keep your miming directives. Clutch are driving through the stratosphere at The Ritz.

If we’re sprinkling a few flakes of festive spirit in at this stage of the month, then why not turn to Band on the Wall’s Manchester Christmas Gospel on Friday 11th. Expect lung-bursting, ear-popping numbers with more power than Pan’s People.


Elsewhere, Soup Kitchen hosts this year’s Xmas double by local vocal phenomenon Ren Harvieu, who’s on the same night and returns on Saturday 12th.

For a more grassroots vibed Xmas jaunt, sample Bad Uncle and Grey Lantern’s fused forces at Fallow Café, also on Saturday 12th. They’ve invited Human Hair to top their bill.

Then finish the week with I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell, who’ll strum your wintry blues away at Deaf Institute.

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