The Pogues

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Shane MacGowan's teeth get their annual public viewing, as The Pogues return to Brixton after playing their regular Christmas gig at The O2 last year. Their romantic, roustabout tunes that have been making grown men blub into their whiskey for almost 30 years now – so you can expect a noisily emotional, capacity crowd, more flying pints than even MacGowan would know what to do with, and a hit-studded set. As well as the whole of 'Rum, Sodomy and the Lash' – their second album from 1985, which they'll play in full each night – you should hear 'Dirty Old Town', 'Rainy Night in Soho', 'The Body of an American' and the rest. Reckon they'll save 'Fairytale of New York' for the encore?

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