Reflecting the wintry landscape it's a sparse week on the gig circuit with highlights few and far between. When it comes to live entertainment on Christmas day you're back to a fireside singalong around the old joanna with the turkey and the Queen's speech in tow. Most bands are taking the break too, building up their reserves for brand new 1981.
But ol' four eyes bounces back, headlining an all-star line-up at Birmingham Exhibition Centre (Saturday). Supporting Elvis Costello and The Attractions are The Selecter, Squeeze, UB40, Rockpile, and Madness, a late addition to the list, who've just completed a winter marathon in their own right.