Christmas Playlist 2021

The Definitive Alternative Christmas playlist

Whether you peaked too soon with your personal Christmas playlist or roll your eyes at everybody else’s festive favourites, Wales Arts Review knows that sometimes the classic holiday tunes just don’t quite hit the spot when you’re looking to make merry. But with just one more sleep to go, and that special hint of magic in the air, now is the perfect time to turn up the volume and wind down with some alternative Christmas tunes curated by Wales Arts Review editors and contributors.

Taking in everything from Sufjan Stevens’ indie Christmas alternative listens to the best of punk’s edged-up festive tracks with a hint of LCD Sound System, John Cale, Fiona Apple and The Beach Boys for good measure, it’s time to hit play on Wales Arts Review’s definitive alternative Christmas playlist. So let the port flow, the fire glow, and leave Mariah Carey and Wham! behind in the supermarket aisles… here is Wales Arts Review‘s Alternative Christmas Playlist.



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Founded in March 2012, Wales Arts Review is a media platform where a new generation of critics and arts lovers can meet to engage in a robust and inclusive discussion about books, theatre, film, music, the visual arts, politics, and the media.

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