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Ghost//Signals, the Toon’s finest purveyors of widescreen anthemic rock, initially started their infamous Avoid Shit Xmas Parties event as, what vocalist/guitarist Rick Lanning considers, “a bit of a non-serious end of year bash for all my mates in bands”. It has quickly evolved into a marvellous showcase for the thriving pool of talent brewing in the North East.

They’ve been that spoiled for choice that this year’s (long overdue) instalment arrives in two separate editions, with a show at Newcastle’s Anarchy Brewery on Saturday 4th and another at Boro’s Base Camp on Saturday 11th December. Both editions feature sets from the quintet alongside a broad and eclectic line-up of the region’s finest acts; pop rockers bigfatbig co-headline the Newcastle edition alongside synth-pop duo Talk Like Tigers, shoegazers Waves of Dread and indie darlings Deep.Sleep, plus there’s sets from St. Buryan, Holly Rees, Pacer and William Denton Wilde. Meanwhile in Middlesbrough, legendary rockers Pit Pony and electronic folk artist Me Lost Me lead proceedings alongside the likes of the delightfully left-field spoken word punk of Faithful Johannes, odd pop band Head of Light Entertainment and garage rockers Wax Heart Sodality, plus The Golden Age of Nothing and The Scarlet Hour. To add further sweetness to an already-unbelievable deal, the band adopting a ‘pay as you feel’ ticket model, although early booking is advised.

Avoid Shit Xmas Parties takes place at Anarchy Brewery, Newcastle on Saturday 4th December and Base Camp, Middlesbrough on Saturday 11th December

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