Sunday 13 December and Monday 14 December – John Bramwell! – The Deaf Institute

I Am Kloot’s singer songwriter John Bramwell performs his first set of new songs since the band’s top ten hit Let It All In.  With these recordings ready for release to coincide with the tour and a bag of classic songs and great stories, John Bramwell brings poetry, great guitar playing, a beautiful, unique voice and a little chaos.  Support comes from Dave Fidlar. Tickets £17.

15 December – Def Leppard / Whitesnake – Manchester Arena

A joint headline gig from rock icons and two of glamrock’s biggest acts Def Leppard and Whitesnake.  Speaking ahead of their co-headline Manchester date, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott said: “I am very excited to be working with Whitesnake again; we had such a wonderful time when we did it back in 2008. It’s a great experience for rock fans to be able to see two great live bands on the same stage on the same night.”  Tickets from £45.

Tuesday 15 December – Lower Than Atlantis – The Ritz

Lower Than Atlantis, the self-titled fourth album from the English rockers, was billed as their most ambitious album to date, recorded in their own studio in Watford and produced by Dan Lancaster to fizzle with musical ambition, lyrical wit, crossover potential and carpe diem spirit.  With a touch of electronic, strings and dance beats, it’s a slight step away from their visceral roots, and opens them up to a wider audience.  Support comes from Mooseblood and As It Is.  Tickets £14.

Friday 18 December and Saturday 19 December – Chameleonsvox – Manchester Academy

Taking on the mantle of The Chameleons UK, arguably the most widely influential guitar band to come out of Manchester, Chameleonsvox perform two nights at Manchester Academy, featuring The Fan and the Bellows and Early Recordings (Friday) and PS Goodbye – A mad jack jukebox selected by the audience (Saturday).  Tickets £19.80.

Saturday 19 December – Maximo Park – Albert Hall

Maximo Park perform their second 10th anniversary show at Manchester’s Albert Hall.  Since their humble beginings as students in Newcastle, the band have sold in excess of 2.5 million copies of their five albums, achieving double platinum, platinum, and silver in the UK.  Support comes from Stealing Sheep.  Tickets £20.

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