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BEN HOWARD  
Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th December 2018 - O2 Apollo

A Boat To An Island On The Wall is the first new music that Ben and his band have shared since the release of his number 1 charting second album, I Forget Where We Were, in October 2014. It welcomes in a new full length record, Noonday Dream.

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DAN BAIRD & HOMEMADE SIN  
Monday 10th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

The band has a reputation for being one of the best live acts currently on the circuit, appearing at the Sweden Rock festival in 2009 and Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 they headlined the prestigious Kilkenny Festival in Ireland.

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SPOCK'S BEARD + THE FLOWERS KINGS REVISITED  
Monday 10th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

InsideOutMusic, the leading light in today’s progressive rock scene, celebrate their 25th anniversary of being a label in 2018, in what will be one of their biggest and busiest yet. To coincide with this, two of their longest serving artists, Spock’s Beard & Roine Stolt’s The Flower King’s.

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NIGHTWISH  
Tuesday 11th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

Finnish symphonic metal gods NIGHTWISH celebrate more than 2 decades of their career & will perform their best-of compilation ‘Decades’ in Manchester. They have also revealed that special guests will be up and coming heavy metallers BEAST IN BLACK led by former BATTLE BEAST guitarist Anton Kabanen.

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LOVE ACTUALLY WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA  
Tuesday 11th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Following on from a triumphant sold out 2017 premiere tour, Love Actually will once again be screened live at The Bridgewater Hall with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score – just in time for Christmas!

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DEF LEPPARD  
Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

2018 will see Def Leppard perform their Hysteria album in full, in addition to other hits, at the Manchester Arena.

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CAST - THE GREATEST HITS TOUR  
Thursday 13th December 2018 - O2 Ritz

Originally formed in 1992 from the ashes of two of the most legendary and lauded guitar bands of all time, The La’s and Shack, Cast released four albums, the second ‘Mother Nature Calls’ also went platinum (three of them top 10), and had ten top 10 singles, before disbanding in 2001.

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JOSH GROBAN  
Friday 14th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

Internationally renowned singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban announces he is heading to Manchester Arena on Friday 14 December. Knownfor his grammy-nominated Christmas album, Noel and for his appearances in Glee, The Simpons, The Office and CSI: NY.

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THE SLOW READERS CLUB  
Friday 14th December 2018

The Slow Readers Club play their Manchester homecoming gig at the O2 Apollo. Their fantastic 4th album, Build A Tower, reached #18 in the UK album charts. This is sure to sell out FAST!

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BURY TOMORROW  
Friday 14th December 2018 - O2 Ritz

Long since established as one of the UK’s most successful heavy exports, Bury Tomorrow have become known for their passionate and aggressive live shows. Following the release of new album, Black Flame, they’ll be unleashing their personal brand of metalcore onto all with their headline tour this winter.

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ALAN WALKER  
Friday 14th December 2018 - Albert Hall

British Norwegian EDM producer Alan Walker was just 18 years-old when his 2015 track ‘Faded’ became a massive European hit, receiving platinum certifications in 12 countries and a Brit Award nomination.

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A TRIBUTE TO MANCHESTER 2018  
Friday 14th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

A Tribute to Manchester featuring some of the finest tributes around. Headlined by The Clone Roses who are widely regarded as the Number 1 tribute to The Stone Roses, with Mani describing them as the second-best Stone Roses in the world. Oasish will be playing the Classic Oasis songs we all know and love. Established Manchester based Smiths tribute The Smiths Ltd will also feature on the bill along with the hottest new Manchester Tribute on the scene The Courtbetweeners. Hosted by none other than Mr Manchester legend himself Clint Boon this is sure to be the biggest Madchester party around for 2018.

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EVIL BLIZZARD  
Friday 14th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

Preston's Evil Blizzard are truly an enigma. Four bass players, a singing drummer.  An array of rubber masks that will give both children and adults sleepless nights for days on end - they are the most in~genious and charismatic live experience on the music scene today!

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SASHA RE-FRECTED  
Saturday 15th December 2018 - O2 Apollo

REFRACTED:LIVE is an electronic show performed live by Sasha and guest musicians along with strings and live vocals, with his music re-imagined as an original score for live venue performance, providing an enthralling immersive experience.

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NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION - THE MUSIC OF PRINCE  
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Albert Hall

Veteran group Soul II Soul were behind the UK chart-topper 'Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)' & 'Keep On Movin', which reached number 5 in the charts. They won 2 Grammy Awards, & were nominated for 5 Brit Awards too - twice for Best British Group! Come celebrate their 30th Anniversary! 

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SCRUFF OF THE NECK END OF YEAR BLOWOUT  
Saturday 15th December 2018 - O2 Ritz

Scruff Of The Neck End Of Year Blowout comes to Manchester O2 Ritz this December.

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CHAMELEONS VOX  
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

Chameleons Vox - Home Is Where The Heart is 2018. Performing the classic album 'STRANGE TIMES' + Special Guests

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BJORN AGAIN  
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

To celebrate the huge 30th Anniversary of BJÖRN AGAIN, Australian Director and Musician Rod Stephen will be taking the internationally acclaimed show on tour throughout the UK and Ireland in November/December 2018. 

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LILY ALLEN  
Sunday 16th & Tuesday 18th December 2018 - Albert Hall

Lily Allen brings her new 'No Shame' tour to the Albert Hall Manchester this December.

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MGMT  
Monday 17th December 2018 - Albert Hall

Grammy-nominated MGMT, their debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010’s Congratulations & 2013’s self-titled album MGMT. In Feb 2018 they released their fourth album Little Dark Age to critical acclaim, & return to tour Europe this winter following an extensive US headline tour.

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THE SLOW SHOW  
Tuesday 18th December 2018 - The Royal Exchange
Known for the magisterial beauty of their songs, this is the band’s first show in over a year, featuring much of the new material they’ve been working on since 2016 ‘dream darling'.
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CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT  
Tuesday 18th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

A sublime concert of carols and seasonal classics, staged in full 18th Century costume in an evocative candle-lit style setting.

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TRAVIS  
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - O2 Apollo

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’.

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CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES  
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Don’t stay Home Alone this Christmas. Join the Manchester Concert Orchestra for a magical afternoon of Christmas treats at this concert of timeless classics stuffed full of great music from your favourite festive films...

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KIRSTY ALMEIDA  
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Band On The Wall

Singer-Songwriter Kirsty Almeida has a fascinating story to tell. Signed to Decca as recently as six years ago, an arrangement that she bought herself out of to nurture her newborn son.

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RICK WAKEMAN  
Wednesday 19th December 2018 - RNCM

Following the hugely successful Piano Portraits tour last year, in support of the album of the same name, Rick Wakeman will return in Autumn 2018 with a new show based on the follow up release, entitled Piano Odyssey.

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ANDRE RIEU  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - Manchester Arena

The “King of Waltz” Andre Rieu returns to Manchester Arena with his grand show of romance and magic to all fans during the cozy pre-Christmas season of course he will play wonderful Christmas carols besides his entertaining and fantastic program.

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ORBITAL  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - O2 Apollo

Orbital's stunning visuals, coupled with their legendary live performance, at Manchester Apollo will make this a night not to miss!

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THE TWANG  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - O2 Ritz

Birmingham indie rock band, The Twang were formed back in 2014 and have since released 6 albums. The first reaching #3 in the UK Album Charts which included singles "Wide Awake" and "Either Way".

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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Christmas Spectacular is a cracker of a show with music, dance, lights, spectacle and a snow-filled finale. The Bridgewater Hall will spring to life with high kicks, festive fun and special effects plus all the trimmings in the company of a full show band, West End vocalists and our all-star Jingle Belle Dancers.

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BAKED A LA SKA  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - Band On The Wall

Kick off the festive season in style with our annual Baked A La Ska Christmas special. They had everyone dancing on the tables last Christmas so we thought we’d bring Santa’s favourite rudeboys back!

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CLUTCH  
Thursday 20th December 2018 - Manchester Academy

Maryland rockers CLUTCH, comprised of Neil Fallon (Vocals/Guitar), Tim Sult (Guitar), Dan Maines (Bass) and Jean-Paul Gaster (Drums/Percussion), have revealed they'll return to the UK this December, following the release of their new studio album.

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JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM & BLUES BAND  
Friday 21st December 2018 - O2 Apollo

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced their annual musical excursion around the UK and Ireland for 2018. Special guest vocalist: Marc Almond Guests. Vocalists: Ruby Turner & Louise Marshall.

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DEFINITELY MIGHTBE (OASIS TRIBUTE)  
Friday 21st December 2018 - O2 Ritz

No1 Tribute-DEFINITELY MIGHTBE (now in their twelfth year) don’t share the same sibling rivalry as the real thing, but they do have a lot in common when it comes to reproducing the rousing anthems, stage presence and atmosphere that the originals created.

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BRUTUS GOLD'S LOVE TRAIN  
Friday 21st December 2018 - O2 Ritz

Lock up your daughters, lock up your mothers, lock up your self-tan spray and lock up your cheap cologne for the return of Brutus Gold and his Love Train which steams into Albert Hall on Friday 21st December for a night thick and heavy 1970s grooves.

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808 STATE  
Friday 21st December 2018 - Manchester Academy

A Manchester Academy presentation by arrangement with UTA 808 STATE : 30 LIVE : ninety - ex:el - gorgeous - don solaris - outpost transmission - transmission suite Plus Special Guest : LONE

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CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG  
Monday 24th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Sing your heart out as irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen returns to lead you through another fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved carols and all-time Christmas hits. This festive favourite has been raising the roof for over 20 years.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE CHRISTMAS PROMS  
Wednesday 26th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Laura Mitchell soprano | Alexander James Edwards tenor | John Pryce-Jones conductor | Manchester Concert Orchestra

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PIANO LEGENDS  
Thursday 27th December 2018 - The Bridgewater Hall

Party to the music of pop’s greatest piano performers – featuring sensational live vocals, stunning choreography & a powerhouse live orchestra. This glittering musical affair features a sensational soundtrack with hits from the likes of Elton John, Carole King, Billy Joel, Alicia Keyes, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow & Ray Charles.

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GLEN MILLER ORCHESTRA  
Sunday 6th January 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

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A BOWIE CELEBRATION  
Friday 11th January 2019 - O2 Ritz

Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie's bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with other amazing Bowie band alumni including Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas and Mark Plati. LINE UP SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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ZIMMER VS WILLIAMS  
Saturday 12th January 2019 - The Bridgewater Hall

The very best scores from the two greatest film composers of all time in one fabulous programme. Inception | Gladiator | Jurassic Park | Superman | Man of Steel | The Dark Knight Rises | Pirates of the Caribbean | Harry Potter | Star Wars | The Da Vinci Code | Indiana Jones.

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MARTYN JOSEPH  
Wednesday 16th January 2019 - Band On The Wall

For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

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DAN + SHAY  
Saturday 19th January 2019 - O2 Ritz

Delivering a bright, polished country-pop sound, Dan + Shay have earned themselves countless award nominations for their music and they return to the UK in January for their biggest headline shows yet.

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THE STREETS  
Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th January 2019 - O2 Apollo

Mike Skinner brings The Streets to Manchesters Apollo. This fantastic grime, hip hop group are perhaps best known for their hit singles "Dry Your Eyes" #1, "Fit But You Know It" #4, "When You Wasn't Famous" #8 and "Blinded By The Lights" which reached #10.

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