Welcome to our last preview of the year! Although things are packing up and shutting down for the year, we still have a little bundle superb shows on offer in the city this week. Keeping you informed while we’re away, we’ve also put together a couple of handy guides for a selection of festive treats this Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And with that, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a good one, Manchester, see you in 2018!

Monday 18th: Zach Lount (King No-One) (Rebellion)

// King No-One singer Zach Lount takes the stage at Rebellion for an evening of intimate piano sessions. Not a bad way to start the week, right?

Tuesday 19th: Richard Dawson + Irma Vep (Band On The Wall)

// Newcastle balladeer Richard Dawson drops into Band On The Wall for a night of heartfelt folk and visceral songwriting. First finding fame and critical acclaim with his 2014 album ‘Nothing Important’, he’ll be joined by Welsh-Mancunian singer-songwriter Irma Vep.

Wednesday 20th: Honeyblood (Gorilla)

// Expect grunge-pop perfection over at Gorilla this Wednesday, when Glaswegian duo Honeyblood appear with their usual deep melodic hooks and effortless charm on display. Keep your eyes and ears open for a follow-up to 2016’s superb effort ‘Babes Never Die’.

Thursday 21st: One Night In Nashville (Night & Day Café)

// Looking for something a little different to the usual carols and Cliff? Night & Day Café invite “downtown honkytonk experience” One Night In Nashville to their stage celebrating the likes of Cash, Dolly and Willie.

Friday 22nd: The Nix (Deaf Institute), Shed Seven (Academy 1), Meandyou Xmas Party (Soup Kitchen) You Dig? Xmas Party (Deaf Institute)

// Budding five-piece The Nix make the short trip from Stockport to Deaf, quickly finding fans with tunes as gritty as they are catchy. Elsewhere, alt-rock five-piece Shed Seven start the first of two nights at the Academy, Soup Kitchen will be spinning ’til the early hours and Deaf kick of this festive season with the mighty You Dig? crew.

Saturday 23rd: Shed Seven (Academy 1), Just Banco (Deaf Institute)

// Apart from drinking your local dry on Christmas Eve, we’re a bit short of shows this Sunday, so make the most of your Saturday night! Shed Seven return to the Academy for another night of alt-rock favourites, while local ‘Trapanese’ artist Just Banco steps up at Deaf for their final live show of the year.

See you next year!

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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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