2016 Alternative Christmas Playlist

WAR 2016 Alternative Christmas Playlist

Sick of Slade? Worn down by Wham!? Well, Wales Arts Review has compiled a 2016 alternative Christmas playlist to ease you into the spirit of things, so just click the list and get in that groove without a single Mariah Carey high note within shrieking distance. You’re welcome, and Merry Christmas.

2016 Alternative Christmas Playlist:


(And many thanks thanks to the somewhat dubious festive music collection of  @AlFerris who worked as premier consultant on the compiling of this list).


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