The Destroyers | Wed 21 Dec | Glee Club | £10
Legends of local folklore, the Balkan brass ensemble lay waste to eardrums, order and reason with a live show that’s not just music, but theatre, cabaret and dancehall to boot. The gypsy megafolk answer to Antibalas and the Mars Volta lead a rousing Christmas party like no other. See our full preview here.

The Temper Trap | Wed 21 Dec | O2 Institute | £18.10
Slick indie by the bucketload from Australia’s Temper Trap, touring on the heels of this year’s LP, ‘Thick as Thieves’. There’s enough wistful late-’90s melodies here to soothe all but the most hardened cynics, unabashedly mining the synth-pop seam from Tears for Fears to the Killers.

NGOD | Wed 21 Dec | Sunflower Lounge | £5.50
Bradford kids NGOD feel pristinely primed for radio play – a rambunctious mix of Stone Roses swagger and the beefy hooks of Royal Blood. It ain’t risk-taking music, but they hit their mark with some effortless confidence. Once Lamacq and his ilk have their way with these young’uns, you can be sure you won’t be seeing them in such a small space.

Dorcha | Thu 22 Dec | Hare & Hounds | £7
This is Tmrw present their Christmas party at the Hare and Hounds. Local song-spinners Dorcha re-imagine the angular synth riffs of Q And Not U or the Raincoats, fragmented by way of Hundred Waters into a prismatic array of sound and colour. Gorgeously fractured, dreamy post-punk that shouldn’t be missed. See our full preview here.

The Wonder Stuff | Fri 23 Dec | O2 Institute | £22.50
The ‘eight legged groove machine’ of Black Country mythology, the Wonder Stuff celebrate 30 years since their first rehearsal with a nostalgia-baiting show at the O2 Institute. With support from the gonzo big beat of Bentley Rhythm Ace and the bombastic 80s pop-punk of Fuzzbox; expect the young-at-heart to dance like nobody’s sober. See our full preview here.

Mon 19 Dec - Sun 25 Dec
Chris Donald - Gigs Editor
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Thu 1 Dec 2016