Christmas Gigs Round-up

With Christmas getting ever closer, here s our pick of some of the best local gigs to warm your winter: DECEMBER 16: CAMBRIDGEBANDS.COM CHRISTMAS DO @ THE LOFT, CAMBRIDGE The popular venue, The Loft (above the Graduate in Cambridge) is the setting for

With Christmas getting ever closer, here's our pick of some of the best local gigs to warm your winter:

DECEMBER 16: CAMBRIDGEBANDS.COM CHRISTMAS 'DO' @ THE LOFT, CAMBRIDGE

The popular venue, The Loft (above the Graduate in Cambridge) is the setting for this year's Christmas party from the team behind groundbreaking local music resource, Cambridgebands.com . Headlining are the ever excellent Moe Foe, with equally excellent support from Sunday Driver. Special guests are promised, as well as a DJ. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

DECEMBER 19: JUNCTION FIVER @ THE JUNCTION, CAMBRIDGE

The Junction Fiver does exactly what it says on the tin; 5 bands, 5 pounds entry. It's proved massively successful so far, showcasing the finest in unsigned local (and sometimes not-so local talent) on a regular basis, often with guest promoters at the helm. This Christmas special keeps the quality, and energy, nice and high with half an hour sets from Caimbo, The Worldonfire, After4, Smaller Than You and Out of Nowhere. Doors 7pm.

DECEMBER 20: RICHARD BISIKER MEMORIAL GIG @ THE JUNCTION, CAMBRIDGE

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Richard Bisiker was a very popular teacher at Cambridge Regional College, who recently died of cancer. This show is a tribute to his popularity and status, and features some great bands including the highly recommended J-Treol, The Mono Effect and a welcome Cambridge return for Badwell Ash. A very worthy event, doors are open at7pm and tickets are £3 advanced, £4 on the night.

DECEMBER22 : REPEAT CHRISTMAS PARTY @ THE MAN ON THE MOON

For those who are looking for a more alternative Christmas party, those prolific people at Repeat Records have organised a very exciting evening. Featuring Caimbo, The Bomb Factory, David Goo and 9FoldPunch. 20% of the profits go to War Child. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5.

DECEMBER 23: THE DEADLINES, SOLVENT UK AND GUESTS @ THE PORTLAND ARMS, CAMBRIDGE

A real special treat, just two days before Christmas. The intimate, but always lively and eclectic setting of the Portland Arms (Mitchams Corner, Cambridge) is the venue for four of the counties brightest indie bands. The Deadlines (with yours truly on drums), Solvent UK, The Stray Embers and The Buffalo Club all take to the stage for a festive rock night, with the token Christmas track from each band a promise. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £4.

DECEMBER 31: AFTER4 @ THE AVIATOR, ST. IVES

It's been a successful year for After4, with gigs in Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire, as well as a mention in the NME and a well received new demo release. So, if you're stuck for something to do this New Year's Eve, the band's impending performance at the traditional pub that is the Aviator may well be what you're looking for. Tickets are £7.50 which also includes food, karaoke and a disco. RICHARD PAUL

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