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Like it or not, Christmas is on its way. And that means a whole month's worth of gigs squeezed and shoe-horned into the first three weeks of December, resulting in some crowded schedules and mucho Yuletide foreplay from which to choose. So, get yourselves over-excited with this little load before Santa comes down your chimney on the 24th.

Ambient house pioneers Te Orbvisit Te Waterfronton the 1st for a Silver Anniversary performance of their classic debut Adventures Beyond Te Ultraworld. Tat includes Little Fluffy Clouds, which at this time of year could easily develop into heavy showers. Take an umbrella, just in case.

London punks Skinny Girl Dietnearly blew the top off the DIY Alcove at Latitude in the summer. See what happens at Te Owl Sanctuaryon the 2nd, when top local actsPeach Club and Sink Ya Teeth join them to complete the evening's line-up. I predict a riot grrrl.

Saturday the 3rd gives you a chance to take in the Sonic Youths Showcase at Norwich Arts Centreat lunchtime (featuring Off Te Wall, Breeze Redwine, Omar El Oakleyand Kayleigh Watson). You will still have time for a bit of Christmas shopping before heading down to Open whereJona Lewiewill be attempting to Stop Te Cavalry. I wish I was at home for Christmas. But

then you would just find me having yet another party in the kitchen.

Super Furry Animals will be bouncing around on their John Lewis trampolines at Te LCR on the 4thbefore performing their two classic albums, Fuzzy Logic and Radiator, in full, back to back. Don't tell Buster.

Ian Dury is sadly no longer with us, but his band Te Blockheadsare alive and well, and still hitting us with their rhythm stick. Tey call in at Norwich Arts Centre on the 6th. I'll be wearing my new boots and panties for that one.

Wonk Unit are returning to Te Owl Sanctuaryon the 7th,back as headliners having previously supported Slaves, and with a new album, Mr Splashy, to promote. Don't stand too close to them in the Gents, though.

Come on feel the noise. It will certainly get very loud down at Te Waterfronton the 9th when former skinheads and 70's glam- rockers Sladeget down and

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get with it. Tere may even be a Christmas song. Everybody will be merry at that one.

If you love your ska music big and bouncy then bust a blood vessel and get down to Epic Studioson the 10th for the return ofBad Manners. Expect a seasonal knees-up, followed by a can-can down Magdalen Street.

Glenn Tilbrookmanages to squeeze Norwich Arts Centreinto his busy tour schedule on the 12th. Expect a bit of slap and tickle at that one.

Tere's magic and medicine in abundance at Te Waterfront on the 13th when Te Coral(minus Bill Ryder-Jones) return to Norwich fourteen years after their album debut. Pass it on.

Let's not neglect our terrific pub venues in the run up to Christmas. Te Plasterers play host to Richard Sutton, Chris Blairand Te Revelation Brothers on the 15th. I'll get the first round in.

Te Owl Sanctuary celebrate the launch of We're From Norwich, a celebration of the city's vibrant music scene, on the 16th with a line-up that includes Magooand BK & Dad. Ta's Right Boy.

Another millennial band with a Greatest Hits collection to promote is Starsailor, who moor up at Te Waterfront on the 17th. Silence Is Easy. Respect

their neighbours and remember that as you leave the venue.

But you'll undoubtedly be dancing in the streets after Martha Reeves & Te Vandellasplay Te Waterfront on the 18th. Support comes from renowned Norwich blues singer Malaya Blu.

Sam Kelly & Te Lost Boys will be attempting to find their way to Norwich Arts Centreon the 19th.Our very own Jess Morganalready knows the way, so will be getting there early and opening proceedings.

Whatever else you do in December, do not miss Klanghaus at St. Mary's Worksin Oak Street. With live music from Te Neutrinosand visuals from Sal Pittman,Four Storeys will indeed be a unique and unforgettable experience. Performances from the 20th to the 23rd.

Pout At Te Devil (if you dare) at Te LCR on the 23rd. Alright. I know they are a covers band. But it is Christmas.

Finally, after all your Yuletide shenanigans, see out 2016 in the funk and soul company of Craig Charles and the 24 piece Invisible Orchestraplaying live at Openon the 31st. So much more fun than watching Jools on the telly.

And that's it. Another year done and dusted. I'll make it a resolution to see you all in the New Year.


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