Four Unmissable North Wales Christmas Gigs

For four decades the central figure of the festive period has been Noddy Holder. Such is the overwhelming power of the association I can clearly remember following him hypnotised as he shopped in a Sainsburys in Cheshire, feeling only the sort of childlike awe previously reserved for Father Christmas - tempered by a near overwhelming desire to shout "It's C-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s!", even though it was July.

Which should lead to an obvious Yuletide musical sortie - as Slade appear in North Wales (Wrexham Glyndŵr University, Sunday, December 18th); but they are now utterly Noddyless (and in that state since 1992 - keep up). I am sure it will still be a great show, but at the same time it is a sacrilege against a very personal seasonal sacrament, so here, instead, are four alternative, unmissable December gigs in North Wales:

  • Sat 10th : MEILYR JONES / CASI
    The Welsh Music Prize recently won for his superb debut album 2013, Meilyr Jones brings his clever, dazzling and infectious pop to Bangor's Pontio, supported by Snowdonia's Casi. As NME stated, "Meilyr has struck gold and found something magical to counteract the bland and the beige." Should be great.
  • Sun 11th : CATE LE BON
    Cate Le Bon starts her UK tour in Bethesda - a genuine enchanting original, brilliantly described by Q as "Post-punk as reimagined by Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate", she is supported by close associate Tim Presley's low-fi garage art rock
    A triple header event - singer songwriters Sera and Aled Rheon joined by poet and debut novelist Alys Conran, promising a vibrant night of music & poetry at RCA, Conwy [see detailed event preview].

    Live Band Pres Llareggub stoke their fusion of New Orleans brass, hip hop and Welsh pop heritage to a rhapsodic head of steam, and they are joined for Neuadd Ogwen's Christmas epic by Bala's Candelas, whose perfectly honed guitar heavy sound is built for a live stage. The soaring indie melodies of Yr Eira support.