The DICE gig picks – December

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We’ve teamed up with DICE, the only app that gives you access to the best gigs with absolutely no booking fees, to hand-pick a selection of the hottest events in the Northern Quarter and slightly further afield this month. Get stuck in.

Shopping, Night & Day

Shopping / Night & Day / 11th December

The three members of Shopping, Billy Easter, Andrew Milk, and Rachel Aggs have been prominent members of the UK’s DIY scene for the past five years, playing in bands from Trash Kit to Wet Dog and running MÏLK records. Together they pour a wealth of knowledge, influence and experience to create tracks that loop, wind and blend touchstones across decades. Mixing dub with indie, punk with lo-fi art-rock and a modern dissonance, their creations are enigmatically engaging and joyously playful. They released second record Why Choose this autumn, picking up praise from the likes of BBC 6Music and Stereogum. Playing this antics/Now Wave December Spezial at Night & Day Cafe, make this gig your Christmas Shopping. Get tickets

Smoke Faeries, Soup Kitchen

Smoke Fairies / Soup Kitchen / 16th December

Creating thick and encapsulating dream folk with rich vocals and expansive instrumentation, Smoke Fairies create their own world of wonder. Creeping with atmosphere, stark lyrics draw you into their dark creations. The duo released their stunning self-titled fourth record last year, an album that won them critical acclaim for their emotionally drenched songwriting and overwhelming delivery. Playing this Soup Kitchen show, it’s destined to sell out. Grab a ticket and get ready to be stolen away. Get tickets

Horsebeach, Band On The Wall

Horsebeach / Band On The Wall / 17th December

Starting out recording lo-fi indie dreams in his bedroom, Ryan Kennedy’s debut self-titled album as Horsebeach turned into what The Skinny called, ‘one of the sleeper hits of the year.’ Mixing spiderweb guitars over a delicate backbone of flittering rhythms and with a glorious sunkissed glow, it takes props from the Captured Tracks roster with the likes of Beach Fossils or Real Estate surely a fixture in Kennedy’s stereo, but he does it with a very Manchester charm. Now a full formed four piece and with second album II on the way, first track It’s Alright offers an even more accomplished take on Kennedy’s songwriting style and promises this show at Band On The Wall will be an absolute breathtaker. Get tickets

PINS, New Year, Night & Day

Pins / Night & Day / 31st December

End your 2015 with one of Manchester’s finest bands in one of the city’s best venues. With the sass of The Slits, the reverb heavy riffs of Jesus and Mary Chain, and the formidable rhythmic backbone of Sonic Youth, PINS have been picking up international acclaim over the past twelve months with a US tour and a stint in the UK supporting Sleater-Kinney. Releasing second record Wild Nights in June on the esteemed Bella Union label, it’s thick with stories of lost nights and delicate mornings, all wrapped in vicious Shangri-Las soaked melodies that hook you in on the first listen. We know this party will take tips from their titles. Get tickets

WHP, Albert Hall, NYE

Warehouse Projects & Black Butter Records / Albert Hall / 31st December

WHP have announced a mammoth New Years Eve party at Albert Hall, and the lineup is absolutely huge. Joining forces with one of the UK’s most illustrious and boundary-pushing imprints in Black Butter Records, the Manchester tastemakers have unleashed nothing but the heaviest-hitters to take you into the new year. After dropping their anthem-ridden We The Generation LP earlier this year, Rudimental will be bringing nothing but bangers whilst reggae selector and all-round master of the craft David Rodigan will be turning Albert Hall into a riot. Preditah, My Nu Leng, Oneman, Melé, Woz and Nvoy pack out a stupidly full-throttle bill that’s gonna kick off 2016 with a bang. Get tickets