Christmas is coming, the bags are getting fat. With the festival season forcefully on the horizon, keep your eyes peeled for our latest flyer packs, brimming with a huge selection of events for you to sink your teeth into leading up to the big day/s. In other news, our latest mix previewing the acts in and around Manchester this month is out now, featuring slacker rock hero Mac DeMarco, prog/funk bassist Thundercat, jazz maestro Alfa Mist, songstress Aldous Harding and legendary hip hop outfit Juice Crew. Listen below.

We’re happy to be including a free sticker from award winning graphic design studio The Micah Purnell Design Studio in this month’s bags, based on their popular ‘You Are Enough‘ design.

As well as their usual array of national and international artists dropping in, Night & Day CafĂ© will be hosting a Christmas special from Inspiral Carpets tribute band The Karpets. Power ballad specialists Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz for “the best night of your life”, but we have a Christmas special to look forward to, along with the small matter of NYE…

Indie promoters Hey! Manchester host another crop of names across the city for the festive season, including local favourites The Travelling Band at Deaf on November 17th, songstress Aldous Harding at Gorilla on November 19th and the bewitching Lowly at the Castle on November 28th. DHP have the usual spread of acclaimed names, highlighting Madchester favourites Happy Mondays at the Academy on December 13th, budding indie stars Cloud Nothings & The Hotelier at Gorilla on December 7th and post-hardcore quartet Enter Shikari at Victoria Warehouse on November 21st.

Looking ahead to next year, comedian Jim Jefferies (who found fame for that performance at The Comedy Store) visits the Apollo on January 25th for ‘The Unusual Punishment Tour’ and US duo The Front Bottoms will be stopping off at The Albert Hall on February 9th.

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For more information on the best music in Manchester this month, see our events page or pick up a BagThing from a venue near you.

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