WTF // Gig Guide – November to December 2017

Words by Georgia Stephenson // @G_Stephensonn

  • Some of the best names in music have saved their tours for the end of 2017.
  • The finest British alternative talent will be revving up the touring circuit.
  • International star Mac DeMarco will be paying the UK a visit.
  • Favourites from the 80s and 90s will also be performing this time round.

Festivals action has all but died down in the run up to Christmas, but the bulk of the touring bands and musicians save a string of concert dates especially for the winter season. November and December sees current favourites, critically-applauded acts from overseas, and old school acts take to the stage…

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Mac DeMarco – freakin’ out your UK neighbourhood between the 17th and 27th November – Mac’s warm, fuzzy branch of lo-fi goodness has won over a legion of fans. Canada’s Mac may appear to be a chilled out slacker on the surface, but his mellow songs actually consolidate a whole lot of sentimental meaning. You will not want to miss out on one of his charismatic performances.

Image: Mac DeMarco by Carolina Faruolo

Image: Mac DeMarco by Carolina Faruolo

Shed Seven and Happy Mondays – transporting you back to the 90s between 20th November – 23rd December (Shed Seven), and 14th November – 23rd December (Happy Mondays)  – Two late 80s/early 90s icons are going on separate tours throughout December. York’s Shed Seven helped to define the growing Britpop movement, whilst Happy Mondays, who are from Salford, were right at the forefront of the Madchester scene, at the break of the 90s decade. Both were influential, and both are still great to this day.

Image: Happy Mondays

Image: Happy Mondays

Blaenavon – appearing in your local city from the 20th November, to the 1st December – Their music has a haunting, almost sinister edge that draws you in – they transfer effortlessly between heavier, jolty indie rock songs, and slow & sensitive emotional tracks. Ben Gregory’s vocals are on another level, something I witnessed first hand when I saw him perform at a Radio 1 Piano Sessions.

Image: Blaenavon by Tom Adam

Image: Blaenavon by Tom Adam

Wolf Alice – performing songs from both their records between the 8th and 27th November  – Their second album Visions of a Life was rightly considered by many people to exceed their debut record, and very nearly topped the charts. For an alternative/grunge unit to break into the mainstream as far as they have done, it really shows the amount of potential for big achievements the quartet from the Capital.

Image: Wolf Alice

Image: Wolf Alice

Broken Witt Rebels – rocking out venues from the 27th November, to the 9th December – After taking a few years to break into the scene, Broken Witt Rebels’ performances were well and truly put into the spotlight, when Jack Daniels named them within their exclusive ‘Jack Rocks 7’ club; seven very different and diverse acts, including the Birmingham blusey rockers, were handed opportunities to perform at huge summer festivals.

Image: Broken Witt Rebels by Eric Duvet

Image: Broken Witt Rebels by Eric Duvet

Marika Hackman – enchanting audiences between the 13th and 23rd November – Hampshire’s Marika has won underground appeal for her alternative folk rock, laced & tinged with melancholic lyricism. Expect her to perform tracks released on her acclaimed second full album released earlier this year, I’m Not Your Man.

Image: Markia Hackman by P Squared

Image: Markia Hackman by P Squared