Gigs of the week (08/12/12): Christmas at the Union Chapel, Union Chapel, London N1
Saturday 08 December 2012
One of London's loveliest venues flings open its doors to the seasonal spirit this week, with music, merriment, mince pies and a display of dodgy pullovers on offer over two nights at the Union Chapel.
First up is the Christmas Service from Bella Union, a label brimming with good will, which drops three new bands down the chimney: Money, Pale Seas and Greatwaves. For the next night, the busy elves at Save the Children have bundled up a fine Christmas Tree Sessions charity gig. Lauren Laverne hosts as Spiritualized, Guy Garvey (above) with Myleene Klass, Fyfe Dangerfield, Summer Camp and more go acoustic; Caitlin Moran, Stuart Maconie and Chris Addison read Yule-based words; and "massive legend" Lee Nelson takes on stand-up duties. Punters, meanwhile, are encouraged to get in the knitwear as well as in the spirit: it's Christmas Jumper Day, so wear that reindeer sweater with pride.
Bella Union (musicglue.com) Thur; Christmas Tree Sessions (0844 888 9991; ticketline.co.uk) Fri
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