As we hurtle steadily towards the end of the year, for many it’s a time to relax and start winding down.
For the various bands and their members at this time of year, that’s not the case.
For some bands, it can be said that they become even busier with their schedule of live dates as the prospect of packed pubs, full of somewhat inebriated folks, absolutely up for a good night out and the fantastic atmosphere that can create in the venue for both band and punter!
Last Saturday night at The Creek in Peel with A Little Bitta’ Rosie and at Amber in Douglas with Ed Force One can attest to that.
This year is certainly no exception as despite having fewer venues and some would say fewer bands on the island as there were only a few years ago, the live schedule over the Christmas and New Year period seems to be as healthy as ever.
For those in need of a break from the house and the festivities, here are a pick of the bunch between now and the New Year!
The Tides are a band whose name has been banded around numerous times recently.
The line-up features Danny Foulis and Kaysee Crain on guitars and vocals with Mike Jelski on bass for their live shows formed back in February of this year.
And they cite their influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye at one end, through to Van Morrison, Tracey Chapman, Ed Sheeran, Oasis and Jake Bugg at the other end of the spectrum.
The band head to Bath and Bottle in Douglas on Christmas Eve (tonight) at 9pm and then make an appearance in Ramsey at Bar Logo at 10pm on Boxing Day.
For more information on the band, visit www.facebook.com/thetidesiom
Boxing Day (Saturday) also sees The Creek, in Peel, play host to Konstruktion.
Made up by Joy White on vocals and Nige B on keys and vocals the band are still relatively new to the local scene but have been incredibly busy this year.
They specialise in live versions of dance anthems from the modern chart to ‘old skool’ classics.
If a little bit of Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Rihanna and Lady Gaga at one end through to Diana Ross and Tina Turner at the other end of the spectrum takes your fancy then this will be well worth a look at.
For more information on the band and their forthcoming dates, visit www.facebook.com/iommusic
Clubnight, Kitsch ‘n’ Sync takes place on Boxing Day at Artisan in Douglas.
Headed up by DJs Rebel Solution and Kym Holland, this club night which is still in its infancy and growing ever more popular plays the best in house, funk, soul and beyond.
The night kicks off at 8pm.
Boxing Day also sees Sam Webbs in Douglas playing host to classic rock covers band, Penthouse Dive.
The three-piece band that features Mark Riley on guitar and vocals, Mark Cleator on bass and Mark Brabbs on drums play covers from the likes of ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, The Police and Irish rock band Thin Lizzy.
For more information on the band and any of their forthcoming shows, please visit www.facebook.com/groups/penthousedive
Things have been a little quieter than normal in the Nick Barlow and The Bad Noise camp in recent months with only a handful of shows played since the summer.
That said, the Modern Bluesesque behemoth undertake a hometown show at The Creek on Sunday.
For further information on the band, visit www.facebook.com/nickbarlowandthebadnoise
Staying in Peel now as it were and fellow city dwellers 3 Million are also undertaking a couple of hometown dates over the festive period.
With influences ranging from Neil Young and Oasis to Nirvana, the band appear at The Highwayman on New Year’s Eve and The Creek on Saturday, January 2.
Their Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/3MillionIOM
Moving to New Year’s Eve now and you can catch The Bird and The Beards rolling up to the Creek.
This acoustic four-piece has been doing the rounds on the live circuit here for a number of years now and their set list is certainly what you would call eclectic.
The band line-up that includes Steph Tomlinson on vocals, Nell Kneale and Mike Giles on guitars and Neil Bashaw on cajon pull a set out that includes Sting, The Stereophonics, Kenny Loggins, Eric Carmen, Donna Summer and I believe there’s even talk of an acoustic version of Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca, you heard it here first.
Well, I did say it was eclectic!
For those that haven’t seen them yet, The Bird and The Beards are well worth checking out if you’re over Peel way that night.
Next up, a band that needs almost no introduction.
For those in and around Laxey or indeed, heading that way on New Year’s Eve you may just want to get yourself to The Mines Tavern.
Hugely popular Two-Tone, Ska band Buncha Skankers present Skankster’s Paradise.
For the uninitiated, this band have been entertaining the Manx gig-goers for a number of years now and specialise in genre defining classics from the likes of The Specials, Desmond Dekker and The Aces, Bad Manners, Prince Buster, The Selecter and Madness and that’s just merely scratching the surface.
The night kicks off at 9pm and is free entry.
Further information can be found at www.facebook.com/events/515872361919945
Finally, following the huge success (unsurprisingly!) of the Davy Knowles show at The Bay in Port Erin last weekend, Davy has also scheduled a further appearance back there on his old stomping ground on New Year’s Eve.
This will be the only further date added for the island this year in addition to the two already sold out shows at Port St Mary Town Hall that take place on Boxing Day and Monday, December 28.
Further information can be found at Davy’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/DavyKnowles
That’s just a few options for you over the next week.
Further live dates and events can also be found at either www.facebook.com/groups/isleofmangigs or www.gigmann.com
As I sign off dear reader, I’ll say a very Happy Christmas to you all, enjoy and stay safe!