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Tue 4th Dec at 6:30pm
XFM's Winter Wonderland
@ O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester
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XFM's Winter Wonderland: Bloc Party + Maximo Park + Everything Everything + Delphic + Spector + Findlay
Xfm's Winter Wonderland with Rocksmith returns this December.
Every year, Xfm puts on two huge live shows in London and Manchester, featuring some of the very best artists in the world of music today, plus a unique selection of exciting new acts for you to see before they become MASSIVE!
Reared on a diet of pop culture and good music, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong met through the small ads of the music press to create a band who now make the headlines. Ask them their influences, and they say they've been influenced by it all. Live, Bloc Party '...rip through new classics...like they've written them 20 minutes before the gig - the ferocity and adrenaline of youth shines through the angular rhythms and layers of effects.' (bbc.co.uk) They also play regular DJ slots up and down the country.
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Rock band from Newcastle whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. The tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock.
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This Manchester outfit blend falsetto vocals with synths, guitars and discordant pop hooks. Quirky singles like 'Photoshop Handsome' have seen comparisons to XTC, Wild Beasts and Django Django, but the band also have a sound all of their own. Following their 2011 Mercury Music Prize nomination, even bigger things are expected for them in 2013 following the release of their 2nd album 'Arc'.
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One of the most exciting bands to come out of Manchester in recent years, Delphic's sound straddles genres, flowing between the stadium britpop of Oasis and the electro-pop of New Order, with a taste of Klaxons - 'electronic music played with a full band setup', as they describe it. Driving, tumultuous and emotive, this is a new chapter in Manchester music.
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"They've been dubbed 'East London's answer to The Strokes' or 'Dalston's Kaiser Chiefs', Spector's melancholic widescreen pop owes as much to the likes of Roxy Music and Pulp and has more than a touch of the New Romantic about it." - BBC Sound Of 2012
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Venue: O2 Apollo Manchester
Phone: 08444 777 677
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