The Cribs playing is always newsworthy, full stop. their latest album might not have lived up to the giddy heights of earlier, less dad-rock albums, but it was still bloody good, which means that the band coming back to play in Manchester for Xfm’s Winter Wonderland is still pretty big news. Perpetually switching between The Ritz and Academy 1, this time they’ll be supported by a variety of good, bad and boring as they give some Christmas cheer to the rainy city.
For those of you who know Xfm, the patchy line-up probably doesn’t come as a surprise. Much like the NME, the radio station seems to have it’s own split personality, unable to decide between supporting the newer bands which are the lifeblood of ‘indie’ music and the established acts that bring in listeners (or, in the NME’s case, readers), it hovers somewhere inbetween them. However, the wisdom of sticking The Cribs, Echo and the Bunnymen and Frank Turner alongside an acoustic set from The Courteneers Liam Fray seems somewhat bizarre. Can I play guitar? Can I fuck, but I still think that The Courteeners are a pretty boring band, but maybe Fray by himself will be able to prove me wrong. Anyway, Delphic and Liam Frost are the other names at a gig packed with well known acts, but seems slightly oddly balanced. Maybe it’s being aimed towards a slightly older crowd – the Northern Quarter thirty-somethings perhaps?
It’s being held on 8th December and tickets are £20 and still available at ticketline (link). It’s definitely worth shelling out for – prices for the Jarmans and Marr alone were north of that last time they entered the city, and the off chance of hearing ‘The Cutter’ and being able to see Kitsuné favourites Delphic on top of that has surely got to be enough incentive to get on down. Here’s some tracks for you from the artists involved, to try and persuade you:
Also, for those of you who live in London, you can pay £25 for a pretty awesome gig at Brixton Academy on December 16, where you can see Local Natives, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cassidy, Goldhawks and The Temper Trap. You could even stay around and listen to The Big Pink play ‘Velvet’ if the rest of their set doesn’t make you throw up. Just make sure to leave before Razorlight come on and ruin everybody’s night.