Top Ten Alternative Christmas Songs

We all know what the best Christmas song is. It’s ‘Fairytale of New York’. There is no debate. That is the best one. However, there is a tendency at Christmas to fall back on the same old songs and the same old bands. Rather than doing that this year, here is an alternative to the normal rabble. The only rule is no covers, and nothing that clogs up all the usual festive playlists at Christmas times. Let’s go…

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Outlines Festival: Alvarez Kings, The Crookes, Slow Club

As I’m an old man who’s life is almost over, Sheffield music festival Tramlines is pretty much all I look forward to most years as I slime my way between fast food outlets and the pub like a tired slug waiting to die. With that cheery sentiment in mind, it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to Tramlines sister festival Outlines.

The Crookes storm Sheffield Leadmill

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Tramlines 2016: Day 2 – Teleman, Crookes, Mystery Jets, MILBURN!!

Day 2 kicked off with a sweet taste of home as my fellow Doncastrians Ginger Tom tackled theĀ  Tramlines main stage. Bizarrely, this was my first time seeing Ginger Tom and their breezy brand of indie pop was perfect for a summer festival. Up next were Northern indie rock band Little Comets. The Tyne and Wear band were, for want of a better word, shit. A set weighed down by songs from their most recent album left the crowd restless and even cuts from their first and best album lacked energy and spark. They have essentially become a Paul Simon cover band, and nobody wants that.

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