It’s no surprise that the last month of the year would have a whole list of things happening around the country, so here’s our way of helping you sift through it all. For the more red-letter days of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, check out our specific lists!
2 December: TALE Chapter IV: The Get Down
You don’t get to four events in quick succession unless you’re doing something very right. Kicking off December with some old school hip-hop classics with a smidgen of trap, this party at Stardust looks like it’s going to be another guaranteed success for TALE.
2 December: The Busker Album Launch: Telegram
It’s been a pretty good year for The Busker, and they’re closing it in style with the launch of their debut album. A full 2-hour performance of the whole album, plus a few surprises.
2 – 4 December: APS Teatru Unplugged 19
The Manoel Theatre’s longest running annual event is back and better than ever before, and the first weekend of December is when it’s going down.
2, 9, 10 December: Bla Kondixin
6 years and 600,000 tickets later, the Maltese comedy geniuses are back for more.
3 December: SilverTongue presents Drone Hunter
SilverTongue’s first event is a band extravaganza featuring instrumental band Drone Hunter and a Croatian instrumental in a great warehouse in the middle of nowhere. If that’s not a solid debut, then we’re not sure what is.
3 December: Dasha Rush & AnD
The final event for 2016 by Entropy is their heaviest one yet, with a four DJ lineup at Liquid Club. Go hard or go home bro.
3 December: Weather or Not!
Another big Duncan F and Alex Thomson party, this time at Razzett l-Ahmar.
3 – 4 December: Etnika album launch
Etnika is launching its brand new album “Maddalena’s Marvellous Tripfolk Klabb” with two shows in Valletta at Sala San Duminku, a relatively unknown venue, a small underground tier-seated theatre in the middle of Valletta, perfect setting for a Tripfolk Klabb.
3 – 4 December: Malta Comic Con
The eight edition of the Malta Comic Con is coming back this December. Get your best cosplays ready!
3 – 4 December: The 2016 World Cat Show
Yep, you read that right. The World. Show. Of CATS. In Malta. This is not a drill.
4 December onwards: Christmassy Sundays at The Villa
The events guarantee: meeting everyone you know in one place, drinking mulled wine and eating roasted chestnuts, listening to some awesome live music with amazing artists like Lovin Lounge’s very own Kevin Paul Calleja.
7 December: Dead Disco
This eve of a public holiday, there are as expected quite a lot of events going down. If disco’s what you’re looking for, then this is the night for you.
7 December: Rasta Thing
It’s never too cold for a reggae party, especially in Malta! Another solid rasta party brought to you by Juuls Sound and Freedom Fighters.
7 December: WTB feat. Boston168
Get ready to worship the bass at Liquid, and stay tuned for more info. on this big night on the official event wall!
8 December: Jazz Collective
An insanely good collection of local jazz musicians at Electro Lobster Project? Sign us up.
8 December: Blank Circus
Blank’s public holiday day parties are always ones to remember, and this definitely doesn’t seem like it’s going to be an exception.
9, 10 December: Prog The Islands: Archipelaprog
Six bands all over the progressive rock spectrum, over two days. Christmas comes early this year.
9 December – 3 January: Bethlehem f’Għajnsielem
The animated nativity village spread on 20,000 square metres of land is back this year, seeing off 2016 in traditional style.
10, 11 December: Omid Djalili Live
Award-winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili is coming back for two nights only as part of his Schmuck for a Night world tour. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to laugh out so loud and for so long that you’ll wake up the neighbours.
10 December: Domus #2: Jack’s Fusion and The Travellers
A free event at Teatru Salesjani featuring two bands.
10 December: A Night With Just Joseph and Robert Farrugia
As part of the 40th year anniversary celebrations of when AZAD was set up, Be-Wild Events are back, this time with local ambient legend Robert Farrugia, and UK solo instrumentalist Just Joseph.
11 December: T&T Book Sale
A lot of books up for sale, free coffee, wine and snacks. Sold, completely sold.
12 December: Rock Ambjent #3 – People Not Profit!
A party with a purpose, standing together in defiance of the towers that are soon going to be popping out of everywhere on the island. #InqasBiniIktarSigar
16 December: Sound Salon Christmas Special
This one’s a given – everyone you know and their mother is going to be there.
17 December: The Velts & CEERA Live
One alternative heavyweight, and the new kids on the block, at the The British Legion in Valletta. Fun!
17 December: Rock & Rave (Surfing Santa)
Playing the hits of the last 65 years is a pretty ambitious feat, but it seems to be working for the guys over at Rock & Rave. Their Christmas special is up next, at the delightfully 80s Beachaven.
18 December – 8 January: SKRUĊ Panto
If Maltese pantos are your jam, you don’t want to be missing this one.
22 December – 8 January: Un-Believe It! Panto
Heavyweight Alan Montanaro is back for more this year, with a panto that seems to centre around the Dame even more this year!
23 December – 8 January: Puss In Boots Panto
The other big panto is of course Masquerade’s Teatru Manoel one, and this one has pretty much the same range of dates.
23 December: The Suburbanite & Friends Xmas Gig
If a low-fi folky electronic hipster Christmas weekend is what you’re looking for, then you should really just stop looking and make your way to Azad this Christmas Friday!
23 December: Il-Prieka tat-Tifel
Josh is a Labourite, Sean is Nationalist, so you can imagine what’s going down on their tenth anniversary. Tons of laughs on a subject that just never gets old in Malta.
26 December: Pudina tal-Milied
The legendary Danjeli is back for one more year to host one of the biggest post-Christmas Xmas parties, at Liquid Club of course. See of the big deal in style.
26 Dec – 8 Jan: Comedy Knights
Following the MASSIVE success of last year’s show The Comedy Knights Three Times Funnier, the Lords and Ladies are coming back with this year’s festive season special: The Comedy Knights’ Just 4 Laughs powered by XFM.