Kim Wilde’s Christmas Party featuring Nik Kershaw It’s Christmmmmmassssss! (in a Noddy Holder like scream!) And tonight we’re invited to a party with an 80’s festive vibe, Kim Wilde’s Christmas Party to be precise with support from former snood wearer Nik Kershaw.


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The Mission And all we want for Christmas? Well we’ll take a bit of nostalgic Gothness as Revelations rolls into town. Featuring the Fields of the Nephilim and The Mission, this gig was ‘announced’ well over a year ago. In September 2012 The Mish supported The Cult (initially with the intention of Killing Joke in tow) at this very venue (downgraded from the LG Arena) in one of their first full band reformations in a few years. In the middle of the gig Hussey announced he was talking to his mate Carl McCoy (who surprisingly few in the audience recognised) about a December gig. Well it wasn't December 2012 - 2013 it was and here we be…


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Placebo Placebo have gained quite a cult following from their fans over the years, they travel from far and wide to their gigs. Tonights gig in Manchester is no different with many different accents and languages being spoken.


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Gogol Bordello No one could accuse Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello of being lazy, with their string of albums and their mega list of gigs and festival appearances since they formed in 1999. Their chaotic brand of music somehow fuses eastern European folk with punk, while remaining politically and socially aware, rather as The Pogues fused Irish traditional music and punk.  However, their reputation is heavily based on their frantic, ramshackle stage shows and a packed-out house in Manchester has turned out to see if they live up to it.


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Basement Jaxx Although now a heritage dance act dating back to the 1990s, Basement Jaxx have certainly maintained a strong following, as proved by what looks like a sold out gig at the large Academy 1.


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Haim With an album that’s gone top 10 pretty much everywhere that matters, several Glastonbury appearances (including showing up during Primal Scream’s set at Bobby’s request) and somewhat bizarrely a slot on The Andrew Marr Show with Cammo (boo...hiss...he’s behind you etc) in attendance, 2013’s been a pretty good year for Californian sisters Alana, Este and Danielle Haim (FYI it rhymes with ‘time’ not with ‘lame’). It’s not been an overnight thing though. Danielle and Este were in The Valli Girls way, way back in the early noughties before starting Haim in 2006 so they’ve clearly paid their dues.


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Papa Roach There is no messing about as Papa Roach hit the stage, going straight into ‘Burn’. Jacoby certainly went into it with gusto and arms flinging everywhere for emphasis. Constantly moving and giving his performance masses of energy, he delivers on the front man factor.


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Tinie Tempah Announces UK Arena Tour One of the UK’s most innovative, credible and authentic artists Tinie Tempah builds towards the November 4th release of his eagerly anticipated second album ‘Demonstration’ with the new single ‘Children of the Sun’ which is out on October 28th on Parlophone. Tinie recently returned to the charts with ‘Trampoline’, a Diplo-produced collaboration with 2 Chainz.


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