As is now customary, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Coca Cola have officially announced the start of the festive season with the introduction of a series of television adverts which are competing for bragging rights as mood setters for Christmas 2011.
Alongside the TV commercials, a surfeit of pigs in blankets and the fresh, throbbing overdraft (even though you only recently paid off last year's excesses), Yuletide brings with it an inevitable deluge in DVD releases and endless greatest hits compilations from oft-forgotten artists you never knew you liked.
The news that top popsters The Feeling will be releasing their first singles compilation album on 5th December could easily be greeted with a collective shrug but the platinum-selling five-piece are backing up the record with a handful of special Christmas shows. Singer Dan Sells revealed that the new dates were scheduled to cover a couple of locations missed out on the band's recent tour, specifically Brighton and Bath.
With the singles collection in the shops and with 'some surprises' promised, the three shows are set to be ideal, pop scene setters for fans of The Feeling, who are celebrating another good year with their third studio album, 'Together We Were Made', released in June.
The December dates begin at Komedia in Bath on Tuesday 20th, followed by London (Scala) the next night and finally Brighton Komedia on the 22nd.
We will have tickets for all three dates when they go on sale at 9AM on Wednesday 16th November, priced £22.50 for London and £20 for both Bath and Brighton.
Ahead of the Christmas dates, you can catch The Feeling as part of a stunning line-up at the Union Chapel, which sees the return of 'The Kashmir Klub' for one night only on 22nd November in aid of ChildLine. Other acts confirmed for the night include: Nizlopi, Judy Tzuke, Jamie Woon, Lucie Silvas and Tom Baxter.