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Mark Kaye’s music column

This week, Mark discusses his new favourite band Vega4, looks forward to seeing Muse in concert and gives details of some special Xfm events coming up soon…

Published on November 9th 2006.

Mark Kaye’s music column

It's been just over a week since "In the City" came to a spectacular end, and I am still recovering. It was another great weekend of music in the city and Xfm's two breakthrough nights ended with the most stunning performances from local lad Liam Frost and my new favourite band Vega4.

From Ireland and good mates with Snow Patrol they deserve to be the next big stadium band. They are on tour now and are playing 53 degrees in Preston next week, so I know where I will be on November 13th. Vega4's album "You and Others" is out now and has to be in the running for album of the year.

Well the cat is out of the bag regarding Xfm Manchester’s plans for December, and it's a biggie! On December 8th we are having our first Winter Wonderland, a concert headlined by The Manic Street Preachers, and tickets have already sold out. It is going to be a great night of live music in Manchester and if you want to be there you will need to keep listening as my bosses have held some tickets back to give away on air so make sure you keep your radio on at all times.

On the bill will be Badly Drawn Boy, Liam Frost, Starsailor and many more special guests. The gig will be opened up by the winners of Xfm's rock school which is a competition we are running to find the best under 18s band in Greater Manchester. It's a Friday night so at least there's no school the next day! If you are in a band and under 18 get your demo uploaded onto the Xfm website to be in with a chance of winning the night of your life opening Winter Wonderland.

This Friday I will be joining 14,000 other Muse fans at the M.E.N Arena when the band roll into town for two sold out nights. I'll see you there for that and after missing them all summer I can't wait. Everyone I have spoken to said they were the highlight of all the festivals this summer so at the moment I feel like a child waiting for Christmas.

Finally, I can't wait to start giving away tickets next week to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers at an intimate venue in London on November 22nd. It will be an amazing night and a chance for fans to see one of the world’s biggest bands up close as they perform tracks from their latest number one album ‘Stadium Arcadium’. Don't miss out on this incredible night. Tonks will start the ticket frenzy on his ‘Morning Glory’ show this Monday from 6am.

Mark Kaye

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