It’s December, so that can only mean Christmas parties and all parties from family to work events. It’s also the last month of the year, so we can all look forward to all the messy new years parties that are going on. In the mean time, here’s all the things we recommend you do and check out during December.

Events

Xmas Skankfest – The Fleece, Bristol – December 10th

Xmas Skankfest may be sold out already, but it’s definitely one of the most exciting events of this month if you’re a ska punk fan. featuring the almighty Jaya The Cat while they are on a UK tour , with support from Faintest Idea, Popes of Chillitown, King Punch, Call Me Malcolm, Riskee and the Ridicule, 6 Foot 7, Unknown Era, Slagerij, Tree House Fire, Imprints, Mad Apple Circus, Karl Phillips and Imperial Leisure. It’s monster lineup full of dub ska, to politically angst ridden ska-core. All to get your knees up and have a laugh. There will be a happy hour for the first hour of this event between midday and 1pm with all drinks at TWO FOR ONE!!

This is a must attend event, if you’re lucky enough to spot spare tickets for sale, then snap them up. All event details are here.

Mammothfest Christmas Party – The Arch, Brighton – 9th December

Mammothfest may have just announced the dates for the main festival next year, but before that we have the Christmas Party to sink out teeth into. We’ve seen the festival grow and this year even the festival celebrations are growing with it.

Evil Scarecrow return to Brighton to deliver the Crabulon, bringing their insane antics and entertaining dance moves!

Support comes from popular local horror punk act Hell Puppets, electronic metal ravers Magna Carta ( featuring ex memers of The Defiled, Collisions Uk, Terrathorn, and Meta-stasis ) and lastly captivating atmospheric black metal from Sorrow Plagues!

£10 tickets on sale, will be £15 on the door. Check out the event page here.

CTW Fest VIII: Judgement Day – Camden Underworld, London – December 17th

After eight years as a leading label in UK hardcore, Carry The Weight Records is coming to an end. This will be the final fest and celebration to mark the occasion. “Thank you to everyone who has supported us since our inception in 2009. We are very happy to bring some of the finest hardcore bands to the UK’s best venue–The Camden Underworld”

The judgement day of CTW will feature Integrity, innovators that helped define the genre, 108 yet another important and influential band playing a one-off for this show. Consistently excellent and thought-provoking since the early 90s. Foreseen, The Helsinki Savages invade the UK for one night only. Many attempt the ‘crossover’ sound, few hit the nail on the head with quite as much precision as Foreseen. Ecostrike, South Floridan vegan Straight Edge. Their only show this side of the atlantic. Renounced with their late 90s/Early 00s metalcore in the real sense of the term. Blind Authority delivering everything you want from hardcore: seething, gritty, crushing breakdowns. Southern Rise, a reunion? A Pantera cover band? Ben Saker spoken word? The return of Righteous Dans? Who knows. Arms Race, London no-frills hardcore/punk. Firm Standing Law -Straight Edge hardcore in the vein of Judge, xChorusx, and Undertow. Payday, London Straight Edge. xSERVITUDEx, The new breed of vegan Straight Edge metallic hardcore.

Check out all the event details here

Tours

The Kerrang! Tour 2017 – 5th to 13th December

The Kerrang! Tour has played host to some legendary shows over the years. Featuring the hot topics and potentially the next big thing, including inaugural headliners of Bullet for my Valentine in 2006, to Bring Me The Horizon as a support act in 2009.

This December’s run is no different. The Amity Affliction – whose Roadrunner-released 2016 LP ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’ topped their domestic Australian chart – will be headlining above three equally amazing outfits.

Opening is Welsh post-hardcore crew Casey. They’ll be followed by high-energy Scottish rockers Vukovi. And completing the bill is Blackpool’s ferocious five-piece Boston Manor.

The Kerrang! Tour will take place in Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Dublin, Cardiff and London – Ticket are still available from gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk/ticketmaster.ie. They’re priced at £17.50 (or €19.10 for the Dublin show).

Jaya The Cat UK Tour – 5th to 10th December

Originating in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998, Jaya the Cat promptly relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands after their first European tour. With a crew of diverse and international musicians, they continue perfecting the art of making that pure musical cocktail to get you through this night and on to the next – With equal parts reggae, punk, ska, a splash of electronics and a sprig of dub with a shot of whiskey on the side.

Amsterdam-based Drunk-Reggae-Punks, Jaya The Cat are back with their new album, ‘A Good Day For The Damned’ – Set for a November 17th release through Bomber Music. So, to celebrate that, the  lads will tour the UK this winter, heading to London, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Bradford, Edinburgh and Bristol.

ROAM UK Tour – 8th to 14th December

ROAM has just finished a uk tour supporting pop-punk legends, New Found Glory, now they are on a headlining run to tour their recent album Great Heights & Nosedives, which dropped on October 13 through Hopeless Records.  The tour will take them to London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff.

Guitarist and vocalist, Alex Adam says: “Some of these cities are our favourite places to play so having a whole new set list to play for you is going to be amazing.”

Sydney pop punks Stand Atlantic will be heading to the UK for the first time, to join ROAM, with WSTR on tour with them.

“We’ve been trying to get our butts overseas ever since we started this band, so to be touring the UK with Roam and WSTR – two bands we really dig” Bonnie Fraser, Vocals & Guitars

TV

Doctor Who Christmas Special – 25th December

For the thirteenth consecutive Christmas Day, Doctor Who will return to invade your TV screens with sci-fi magic for ‘Twice Upon A Time’. This will be the last episode of current Doctor Peter Capaldi, who’s bowing out after four years at the Tardis controls to hand over to new Time Lord Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor.

However, with all the anticipation for Jodie Whittaker’s upcoming debut as the Thirteenth Doctor this Christmas it’s easy to forget that we have a whole hour-long episode written by departing showrunner Steven Moffat set to unite Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor with his very first incarnation (played by David Bradley in imitation of William Hartnell’s original 1960s performance).

“It brings together these two Doctors, who are both going through a personal crisis about [whether they should be] regenerating, or just ending it all there,” Bradley told the crowd at MCM Comic-con

You can see the trailer here

Film

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – In cinemas 14th December

part two of the modern day trilogy that is within the Star Wars saga, we’ve been waiting almost two years to see the follow up to Episode VII: The Force Awakens. We finally have it with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – Having taken her first steps into the Jedi world, Rey (Daisy Ridley) joins Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on an adventure with Leia (carrie Fisher), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past.

We see Mark Hamill return to the role that made him famous, while witnessing the final filmed scenes featuring Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away during the making of the film. Check out the trailer!

Albums/EPs

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Core of iO – Part: Europa – 1st December

Ever since their inception in 2014, ​Core of iO have continually strived to create interesting and well-thought out compositions influenced by multi-genres; the foursome have certainly fulfilled this brief, and then some. Described as “Dynamic, intelligent and dripping with hooks”, favourable comparisons have fluctuated from anywhere between Sikth, Fall of Troy, The Mars Volta and Deftones.

No strangers to hard work, the riff masters have toured nationally and on the festival circuit, including recent notable appearances at 2017’s UK-Tech Fest and Mammothfest, whilst constructing an energetic and memorable repertoire of songs. The angular rockers are also currently releasing a cycle of four EPs. The latest instalment, Part II: Europa, was released on December 1st. Check out our review here.

Fathoms – Counter Culture – December 1st

With a revitalised line-up and an exciting new sound, UK metalcorers Fathoms return to release their blistering second studio album, ‘Counter Culture’, which arrived on Friday 1st December. Since their inception at the end of 2010, Brighton bruisers, Fathoms have comprehensively toured throughout the UK and Europe, as well as undertaking successful tours in the USA, China, South Korea and Japan. In 2015 the band released their debut album, ‘Lives Lived’, with Artery Recordings to glowing acclaim, and recently played shows throughout Europe with Attila and Oceans Ate Alaska.

The quintet’’s new record is ultra-magnetic and bursting from back to front with stout NuMetal-esque riffs, rap crossovers, colossal choruses, and infectious grooves. The full frontal vocal attack and guile of their previous single, ‘Counter Culture’, is destined to draw you in.

 

These are just a few suggestions of ‘Shit To Do’ this December, we full recommend everything listed above!