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PREVIEW: Gigs of the Week in Leeds, 15th-21st December

British Sea Power @ Brudenell Social Club, Saturday 15th December

A festive treat for indie fans this Christmas as oddball indie veterans British Sea Power arrive for a knees-up at the Brudenell Social Club. Having released their sixth album proper, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party, at the start of 2017, BSP have now amassed an impressive arsenal of hit singles and crowd-pleasers, as their joyous set at this year’s Live At Leeds proved. Die-hard fans will long know what to expect, but a hit-packed set will ensure that any curious newcomers will be able to understand the British Sea Power ethos. Oh, and you might get to see their trademark dancing polar bears in the crowd too!

MGMT @ Leeds O2 Academy, Sunday 16th December

Having done so much to define the sound of indie ten years ago with their break-out hits and their multi-platinum debut Oracular Spectacular, MGMT have spent most of the subsequent decade either being inactive or intent on distancing themselves from their past. This year, however, quietly saw the release of their fourth album, Little Dark Age, a modest but impressive effort on which Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden almost sounded like they were having fun again. Their UK tour, capping off a year of career re-structuring, swings into Leeds on Sunday night.

Misty’s Big Adventure @ Headrow House, Friday 21st December

Plying their eclectic mixture of jazz, lounge, psychedelia, 2-tone, pop and punk for over two decades by this point, Birmingham’s Misty’s Big Adventure come to Headrow House the Friday night before Christmas. Their contrast of deadpan, maudlin singing accompanied by lively guitars, keyboards and brass has usually made for decent festive singles over the years. Although they’ve not released an album in over four years, the group has plenty of old material up its sleeves, and the gig is sure to be a fun one!

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