Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Managing Editor

It’s up for rigorous debate, but we’re saying the festive season is go from here on in. Whether you want to escape that fact or embrace it, we’ve got you covered.

Nothing says Christmas like banging techno, and so there’s a heavy-handed dose of electronica in our latest music picks, including Skee Mask at The White Hotel and Gold Panda at YES.

Looking towards New Year’s Eve (yes, we’re going there, too), our eyes are on Homoelectric at New Century and The Warehouse Project at Depot Mayfield.

Before all those bleeps and bloops, though, it’s Stereolab at New Century, with more bleeps and bloops. And then finally some real music, as the AMC Gospel Choir brings the festive heart and soul to Blues Kitchen and Jane Weaver heads up a special Christmas show at YES.

Here are our picks

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