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josephine foster to star in second twisted christmas lineup

130909_josephinefosterAmiina and Polly Scattergood will also play the anti-jingle festive celebrations

The dreaded deluge of Christmas-themed drivel seems to start earlier and earlier each year, and by the beginning of November most of us are already seeking refuge from the monotonous audio torture of Yuletide-themed audio spam. Whether it’s time honoured cheesy anthems or torturous jingles you’re fleeing from, look no further; the Barbican have come up with the perfect escape. After their successful debut last year, which featured Jarvis Cocker, Patrick Wolf and the wonderful Sandy Dillon (whom you’ll find on our upcoming tribute albumBeautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta), the Twisted Christmas show makes a very welcome return on Tuesday 15th December.

Described as “a deliciously dark evening of alternative Yuletide entertainment”, 2009’s party sees a host of stars getting subversive with classic Christmas numbers, as well as some of their own festive takes. The line up includes Richard Hawley, acclaimed singer-songwriter/pianist Ed Harcourt, Icelandic quartet and part-time Sigur Rós string section Amiina, traditional Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts, the lovely Polly Scattergood and one of our favourites, American psych-folk singer Josephine Foster, who releases her new album Graphic As A Star on November 9th. The Sense Of Sound Choir, who featured on BBC1’s ‘Last Choir Standing’, will also be making an appearance, with further acts yet to be confirmed.

Tickets cost from £15 to £25 and are available here. This should be the perfect antidote for anyone who has a seasonal allergy to commercial Christmas soundtracks.

Charlotte Richardson Andrews

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