Gigs to check out in Manchester: December 2018

Groove Armada \\ Madness \\ James and the Charlatans \\ All Saints \\ Blossoms \\ Def Leppard \\ Nile Rodgers & Chic \\ Razorlight \\ Lily Allen \\ MGMT \\ Wolf Alice \\ Orbital \\ 808 State & more...

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated November 30th '18

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Groove Armada | 2nd Dec | Store Street Over the last two decades, then, Groove Armada have proven that not only can they electrify 10,000 people in a field, but they can also get a smaller warehouse sweating. And that is what they will do on Saturday October 28th when then play the ANTS party with Paul Kalkbrenner, Andrea Oliva, Jesse Rose, Eli & Fur, wAFF, Route 94 and more. The gig has now sold out. Twickets should have some resale. Twickets   Years & Years | 2nd Dec | O2 Apollo If you missed them last week, they are playing again! Years and Years, this year released their new album ‘Palo Santo’, and are out promoting it on a huge UK tour ‘Palo Santo’ it is guaranteed to be an epic live show from these three seriously talented chaps. Grab your ticket here. Buy Tickets   Hozier | 6th Dec | O2 Apollo Hozier is an award-winning musician, singer and songwriter from Ireland. His number one, debut studio album ‘Hozier’ was released in October 2014 and includes the multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated anthem 'Take Me To Church', which later won ‘Best Song’ for Hozier at the 2015 Ivor Novello Awards. Hozier followed up the success of his debut LP with the track 'Better Love', taken from the soundtrack of the Warner Bros’ adventure film The Legend Of Tarzan. His ‘Nina Cried Power’ EP is out now, and more music is set to follow in due course from Hozier. Twickets   Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons | 6th Dec | Manchester Arena Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide and defined the sound of an era with classic hits like: Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. Buy Tickets   Madness | 7th Dec | Manchester Arena ‘The hills are alive with the sound of Madness’ as they return to Manchester Arena this December. Madness will be playing all the hits and fan favourites plus some brand new tracks. Support comes from The Fratellis. Should be good, get your ticket here. Buy Tickets   James and the Charlatans | 8th Dec | Manchester Arena James + The Charlatans plus special guests will play Manchester Arena on Saturday 8th December. Following a hugely successful one off show at Liverpool Echo Arena in 2016, two heavyweights of British music James & The Charlatans have announced a joint UK arena tour for December 2018. It's a double whammy, don't miss it, tickets here. Buy Tickets   All Saints | 8th Dec | Manchester Academy Formed in 1993, All Saints were wildly successful throughout the 90s and beyond. The girls had a number of massive hits including 5 number one singles "Never Ever", "Under the Bridge", "Lady Marmalade", "Pure Shores" and "Black Coffee". Buy Tickets   Blossoms | 8th & 9th Dec | Victoria Warehouse The Stockport lads are touring this month with Two nights at Victoria Warehouse. The nine-date tour will also call at Glasgow, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, and London's Brixton Academy. Fuzzy Sun, another Stockport group, have been confirmed as the support act for the tour, with Sam Fender also supporting at the London and Glasgow gigs. Grab your tickets here. Both nights have sold out, of course. Keep a lookout for resale, or join the waiting list here. Buy Tickets   Ben Howard | 10th & 11th Dec | O2 Apollo The singer songwriter is on the road with a huge UK tour. After releasing his third album ‘Noonday Dream’ The Only Love singer will take his third album, Noonday Dream, across Britain with shows in Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester in December, and two nights at London O2 Academy Brixton in January 2019. Buy Tickets   Def Leppard | 12th Dec | Manchester Arena 2018 will see Def Leppard perform their best album ever - Hysteria in full, in addition to other hits, at the Manchester Arena. Buy Tickets   Orlando Weeks / Gritterman | 13th Dec | Albert Hall A festive tradition in the making, Orlando Weeks (Maccabees frontman) will revisit his debut book ‘The Gritterman’ and its companion album (produced by the Grammy-winning MarkusDravs) with three special live concert performances this Christmas time. Joined by Paul Whitehouse as The Gritterman, Weeks will recreate the album with the backing of a full band and choir. His only previous performance of ‘The Gritterman’ was at London’s Union Chapel last year – a show that sold-out far in advance and was rapturously received. It's a Christmas special not to be missed! Get your ticket now, we will see you there. Buy Tickets   The Slow Readers Club & PINS | 14th Dec | O2 Apollo The Slow Readers Club have the beautiful PINS and Lines as supports for their headline Manchester gig at the Apollo. ‘Supernatural’ is the latest single to be taken from The Slow Readers Club’s new album Build A Tower, which entered the album charts at number 18, 10 in the physical album chart, 4 in the vinyl chart, 4 in the indie album chart and number 1 in the cassette chart. With this line up its of course a sell out, so keep a lookout for resale tickets. Twickets   Nile Rodgers & Chic | 15th Dec | Manchester Arena Fans will be able to see the band perform all of their incredible hit songs in a brand new & expanded set. This series of special appearances will mark the end of an amazing year for Nile Rodgers – who was most recently appointed the Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame & The Chief Creative Advisor for the iconic Abbey Road Studios. Buy Tickets   Razorlight | 16th Dec | Ritz Indie-rock elite Razorlight have announced their official return, with the release of four brand new singles, preceding their first album in 10 years, Olympus Sleeping. They have sold out the Ritz so have a look on Twickets for any face value resale. Twickets   Lily Allen | 16th Dec | Albert Hall After a decade of being a pop star, with two number one albums, three number one singles and over five million records sold, Lily Allen is back with No Shame, her most personal, insightful and fully-formed record to date. She has sold out the Albert Hall with her comeback show, don't miss it and get on Twickets for resale. Twickets   Mouse Outfit Christmas Special | 16th Dec | Band On The Wall Formed in South Manchester, The Mouse Outfit cut their teeth as a live band for a hop-hop open mic night called In The Loop. It was at these events that the connections were formed to create 2013’s debut album Escape Music. Buy Tickets   MGMT | 17th Dec | Albert Hall MGMT Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010’s Congratulations and 2013’s self-titled album MGMT. In February 2018 they released their fourth album Little Dark Age to critical acclaim, and return to tour Europe this winter following an extensive US headline tour. It's going to be a good one, it's a massive sell out already, keep a lookout for face value resale. Twickets   Wolf Alice | 18th Dec | Victoria Warehouse Wolf Alice are set for two huge final shows of 2018, celebrating their acclaimed, Mercury shortlisted album, Visions of a Life. Before they hit London they are playing Manchester Victoria Warehouse. This gig has Sold Out already so keep a lookout on Twickets for face value tiks... Twickets   Travis | 19th Dec | O2 Apollo ‘The Man Who’, in concert. The album was released 19 years ago, ‘The Man Who’ sounds as fresh today as it did then. One of the most successful British albums of the last 20 years, it spawned the timeless singles, ‘Writing To Reach You’, ‘Driftwood’, ‘Turn’ and possibly the band’s most iconic song, ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me’. Grab your ticket to the gig here. Buy Tickets   Orbital | 20th Dec | O2 Apollo Orbital are back in the city again, playing the Apollo. Orbital are an electronic music duo consisting of brothers Phil Hartnoll and Paul Hartnoll formed in Sevenoaks, Kent. One of the biggest names in British electronica, they are particularly known for an element of live improvisation during their shows, a rarity with techno acts. It should be good, get yourself a ticket here. Buy Tickets   808 State LIVE | 21st Dec | Manchester Academy Manchester's original acid house pioneers, trailblazers for the entire UK acid house and techno scene return for a UK tour at end 2018 celebrating 808 States' legacy, their ongoing influence and continuing relevance to modern dance music. Still guided by an enduring spirit of experimentation and individuality, "808 State : 30" sees the band rework their classic output from their five major albums "Ninety", "Ex:El", "Gorgeous", "Don Solaris" and "Output Transmission" in an entirely new set which will also feature exclusive new material from the band's upcoming sixth album, "Transmission Suite". Grab your ticket here. Buy Tickets   Everything Everything | 31st Dec | Victoria Warehouse Everything Everything (formed in 2009) is a British genre-bending, eclectically-unpredicatble, all-encompassing R&B and indie/art rock band, hailing from Manchester, UK. Join the local lads Everything Everything and Tom Grennan, as they headline the first ever Kendal Calling New Year’s Eve celebration and welcome in 2019 with an all-star line-up of Kendal Calling favourites and many more! Grab your ticket here. Buy Tickets