As usual there is plenty going on at the Met in Bury this week.

On Wednesday, expect a real sense of occasion as two extraordinary voices from the realm of UK music royalty are brought together for this rare live outing.

Green Gartside’s band, Scritti Politti, combined punk’s raw energy with gritty experimental sounds and strident melodic pop. After four critically acclaimed albums in the ’80s and ’90s, they delighted their fans in 2006 with a comeback and Mercury Prize-nominated album White Bread, Black Beer.

Alexis Taylor fronts acclaimed synth-pop outfit, Hot Chip. His solo work consists of stripped-back, deeply personal piano-driven melancholia. One of merely a handful of performances, this double bill features top-drawer musicianship, exquisite vocals and genuine warmth between the artists.

Meanwhile on Friday, there will be readings, folk carols and music, with a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain with four of our finest folk musicians.

The show features Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While(Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward 11), and Ashley Hutchings(Fairport Convention).

Running next week from Tuesday through til Xmas Eve, Little Blue Monster Theatre Company present Santa’s Little Helper.

It’s nearly Christmas, and as the snow falls softly outside, young Albert Tuttle hops into bed. But he’s far too excited to sleep. Santa will be here in just a few hours!As the clock strikes midnight, Albert is in for a very big surprise. For stuck up the chimney is a jolly old fellow with a fluffy white beard and big, round belly.It’s Santa – and he needs Albert’s help!

Packed with family-fun and christmas capers, Santa’s Little Helper features original music, hand-crafted puppetry and high-energy storytelling, with plenty of opportunities for children to join-in.

The show is designed for young people aged 3 years and over, and their families.

The performance lasts 60 minutes with no interval. There will be opportunities for children to meet Albert and the other puppets following the show.

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