Time to get serious about Christmas, and while the live music may begin to dry up as the weather gets wetter, as usual us BagThingers have been picking out the best shows in MCR this week, along with a few festive treats thrown in along the way. Read on for our guide to the next seven days…

Monday 4th: Benjamin Clementine (The Ritz)

// The Ritz host the much-welcome return of Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter and soulful balladeer Benjamin Clementine, following up his breakthrough 2015 album ‘At Least for Now’ with new LP ‘I Tell a Fly’.

Tuesday 5th: Confidence Man (Deaf Insitute)

// Aussie ‘dance-punk’ quartet Confidence Man will be bracing the English winter, but for a band who seem to be perpetually on tour, we’re sure they’ll be fine. The four-piece first thrust themselves onto the scene with addictive single ‘Boyfriend (repeat)’ – listen below.

Wednesday 6th: Alex Cameron (Gorilla)

// Keeping with music from down under, Gorilla host fellow Aussie Alex Cameron this Wednesday, dropping in with his high-concept alter ego solo project, having followed up on debut LP ‘Jumping The Shark’ with his latest foray into “sleaze pop“, ‘Forced Witness’.

Thursday 7th: Cloud Nothings (Gorilla)

// As Christmas is the time of giving, alt-rock quartet Cloud Nothings have recently added regional UK shows to their current European tour, which started in Berlin on December 3rd, before heading to the UK for a series of shows beginning at Gorilla on the 7th. Read our full preview here.

Friday 8th: The Cribs (Gorilla), Blanco White (Castle Hotel), Witch Fever (The Bread Shed)

// Wakefield’s finest indie-rock four-piece, The Cribs kick off a four-night residency at Gorilla this week supporting seventh album ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit‘; already met by positive reviews with a little help from Steve Albini. Over at the Castle Hotel, Blanco White (solo project of Londoner Josh Edwards) will be performing and the Bread Shed will be hosting angry and honest all-girl punk outfit Witch Fever bringing their boisterous live show to the venue.

Saturday 9th: Creeper (The Albert Hall), The Cribs (Gorilla), Antics Clubnight (The Night & Day Café)

// Expect OTT horror punk flamboyance in the Albert Hall this Saturday, when Creeper visit, helping to cement their ‘one to watch’ status with debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ under their belts. Listen below to their take on festive classic ‘Fairytale Of New York’. Elsewhere, The Cribs are back at Gorilla and the Night & Day Café host another night of Antics. Over in Salford Quays, the UK’s biggest digital light festival ‘Lightwaves‘ will return to MediaCityUK for ten days.

Sunday 10th: Manchester Festive Happening: A Gospel Christmas (The Albert Hall), The Cribs (Gorilla)

// The AMC Gospel Choir and Manchester Camerata combine to give you a Gospel Festive Happening this year, sharing Christmas Carols with a Gospel twist. Over at Gorilla, The Cribs return for a third night at Gorilla and it’s also worth noting The Hallé are performing a Christmas Family Concert at the Bridgewater Hall for some festive fun.

See you next week!


A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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