Here we are then, our last preview of 2018! 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. For those still looking for NYE plans, check out our extensive preview of what’s going on in Manchester here. Have a very Merry Christmas, and we’ll see you next year! Have a good one, Manchester.

Monday 17th: MGMT @ The Albert Hall

// The Grammy-nominated MGMT return with their fourth album ‘Little Dark Age’, visiting the Albert Hall on a European tour following an extensive run in the US. Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential debut album ‘Oracular Spectacular’ to great acclaim in 2007.

Tuesday 18th: The Slow Show @ The Royal Exchange Theatre

// The Slow Show play their first show in over a year at the prestigious Royal Exchange Theatre, performing much of the new material the band have been working on since 2016 release ‘Dream Darling’.

Wednesday 19th: Travis @ The Apollo

// Glaswegian quartet Travis perform their breakthrough album ‘The Man Who’, nearly 20 years old and sounding as fresh today as it did then. Not one to live in the past however, the band have just seen off the release of eighth studio album ‘Everything at Once’.

Thursday 20th: Orbital @ The Apollo

// Expect an audio/visual spectacular from electronica stalwarts Orbital over at The Apollo, now nearly three-decades deep into a career of forward-thinking techno and feel good EDM.

Friday 21st: 808 State @ Academy 1 // The Mouse Outfit Christmas Special @ Band On The Wall //

// Acid house pioneers 808 State celebrate 30 years of existence with a UK tour, dropping into Academy 1 to perform some classics from their five albums, as well as introducing new tunes from their sixth. Local hip hop crew The Mouse Outfit make their second visit of the week to Band On The Wall, blending of funk, rap and jazz for one big Christmas party.

Saturday 22nd: Slade @ Academy 2 // The Night & Day Christmas Party Featuring Liam Frost @ Night & Day Cafe // The Maple State @ Deaf Institute

// Noddy & Co. have their annual Christmas bash over at Academy 2. Liam Frost spearheads Night & Day’s Christmas extravaganza over on Oldham Street and local indie-rock quartet The Maple State visit The Deaf Institute.

Sunday 23rd: Free Christmas Vibes X Amazing Radio @ Band On The Wall // Hallé Carol Concert @ The Bridgewater Hall

// And so with our final pick of the year, we suggest a night on Swan Street, where Band On The Wall host a night of FREE MUSIC with the Christmas edition of Free Vibes, festively curated with Amazing Radio’s new music champion Shell Zenner with an appearance from the excellent Grimm Twins. To really get you in the festive spirit, head to the Bridgewater Hall where you can catch the Hallé’ Orchestra‘s annual traditional celebration of Christmas, a treat for all ages with performances at 3pm and 7:30pm.

That’s your lot! For full listings see our calendar. Merry Christmas!

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