Best gigs in Manchester this month: December 2019

Including The Courteeners, White Lies, Fatboy Slim and more...

Dido | 3rd Dec | Apollo
Dido is back and is coming to Manchester this month! She’s dusted off her old microphone, handed her notice in at Tesco and is hitting the road once again with this, her first tour in 15 years. There’s also promise of a new album – ‘Still On My Mind’ set to be released any time now really.
Tickets: £44.00
Support comes from: Sonia Stein

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Idles | 4th Dec | Manchester Academy
Idles have cemented their place as one of the most important bands we have in the UK right now. The Bristol punks will take ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ their second album
Tickets: £25.00
Support comes from: METZ

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Razorlight | 4th Dec | Albert Hall
Razorlight enjoyed near ubiquitous radio play in the mid-noughties with their debut album ‘Up All Night’, a record that garnered huge hit singles ‘Somewhere Else’, and ‘Golden Touch’ among others. They seemed to be at the forefront of a guitar-pop revival and their self titled second album didn’t slow things down. Standout track ‘America’ went straight to number one in the charts and left a lasting impression that still sees their name topping festival line-ups and singalongs across the UK and Europe.
Tickets: £27.50
Support comes from: TBC

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White Lies | 5th Dec | Manchester Academy
The post-punk band will celebrate the tenth anniversary of ‘To Lose My Life’, and will play the number one record in its entirety at Manchester’s Academy.
Tickets: £27.50
Support comes from: Boniface

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The Lancashire Hotpots | 7th Dec | Club Academy
Why not, it’s Christmas! You’re not northern if you haven’t listened to ‘Chippy Tea’ at least once. The comedy folk band are doing a festive tour around their breloved North West. They play Manchester Academy high school on the 7th and the Academy on the 17th. Expect a packed house for these Lancastrian Legends.
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Support comes from: TBC

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Inhaler | 9th Dec | Gorilla
Inhaler are a band gathering some serious momentum of late, the rockers from Dublin have recently been signed up with Polydor records. Its impossible not to mention that the Frontman Elijah Hewson is Bono’s son but don’t be mistaken in thinking theyve got this off the back of his name.
Tickets: £14
Support comes from: TBC

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The Libertines | 10th & 11th Dec | Victoria Warehouse
Pete Doherty is on parole so he’s getting as much money out of his time banged us as possible with a series of gigs around the UK. The old gang are back together and will be playing all the hits – as well as (presumably) some newer stuff that’s not as good.
Tickets: £24
Support comes from: TBC

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The New Power Generation | 11th Dec | O2 Ritz
If you don’t know who The New Power Generation are you might know them by their other name – NPG? No? How about the fact that they were the backing band for Prince for fucking ages?! Okay now you know em! They were right there during the making of ‘Diamonds & Pearls’ and so are BY FAR the best band ever.
Tickets: £27.50
Support comes from: Martin Kember (Color Me Badd)

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The Darkness | 13th Dec | Manchester Academy
Singers of one of the best Christmas songs of all time – as well as a band with collectively the tightest trousers out of anyone else – The Darkness will be hitting Manchester Academy this December. Prepare for some high-notes and plenty of thrusting.
Tickets: £29.50
Support comes from: Rews

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The Courteeners | 14th Dec | Manchester Arena
To launch their new album More.Again.Forever, The Courteeners lads are heading once again to the Arena for their annual flare/bucket hat/Strongbow Dark Fruits-FEST. Miles Kane will be supporting but you don’t care about that – it’s all about the ‘teeners innit!
Tickets: £34.50
Support comes from: Miles Kane

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Fatboy Slim | 21st Dec | Depot
He’s packed out mammoth beach parties, played a pre-eminent role in creating the big beat genre and seen the top of the Top 40 more times than you can count on one hand. When it comes to UK dance music icons few come close to Norman Cook. Better known as Fatboy Slim, not discounting his role as Pizzaman, his famously inclusive attitude and enviably fast mixing make for a bonafide one man party.
Tickets: £39.50
Support comes from: Eats Everything and more

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Nile Marr | 21 Dec | YES
Having toured the world with Hans Zimmer’s live band for over a year, Nile Marr returned to his hometown of Manchester to work on his new album. The guitarist, singer and songwriter, son of legendary Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr, grew up in Manchester but also spent time in Portland, Oregon, after his family moved there when he was in his mid-teens. He will play Yes this month.
Tickets: £9.00
Support comes from: TBC

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