We know you are sitting at home and wondering what you should buy for Christmas presents – so here comes the answer… the next Nighthawks at the Cobalt is on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, and tickets go on sale at the OXFAM SHOP on Parliament Street on Saturday, December 10th. (Tel. 01 6707022.) Tickets cost a mere €13 each, and the fantastic line-up in January includes music from THE GANDHIS, CAT DOWLING (formerly of Alphastates) and AILIE BLUNNIE; as well as stand-up comedy from DANNY DOWLING, TREVOR BROWNE and CONOR O’TOOLE – and performance poetry from the wonderful ERIN FORNOFF. Tickets for this show are sure to sell out quickly, so please buy early in order to avoid disappointment.

Also, Nighthawks will be doing a special Christmas show with Arena on RTE RADIO ONE at 7.30pm on Friday, December 23rd. The line-up for that show will include O EMPEROR, DERMOT BOLGER, FOIL ARMS & HOG, and lots of other brilliant acts; so please remember to tune in with some mulled wine and mince pies.

And, while we are here… the magnificent LASER TOM & THE BLAST CREW are playing Crawdaddy this coming Saturday (December 3rd) with support from very special guests THE GANDHIS. Both groups were superb at this year’s Electric Picnic and we have no doubt that this is going to be one hell of a party. Doors open at 8pm and it is only €10 in.

Full gig details can be found here – http://www.pod.ie/index.php?show_event=2778

And check out LASER TOM & THE BLAST CREW here – http://www.soundcloud.com/lasertom-blast-crew

Dublin is alive and kickin’. Go out and see it!