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Wicked gift ideas for Christmas... It's that time of year when you need to start thinking about Christmas presents. From comedy acts like Michael McIntrye to music greats like Gary Barlow, there are some seriously hot tickets around that would make a great gift. We've rounded up a few of them to help you out...

COMEDY Chris Rock | Where: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena | When: January 12.

| Tickets: Call 029 2022 4488.

The brains behind sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and star of Saturday Night Live, Grown Ups, Dogma and What to Expect When You're Expecting s bringing his Total Blackout stand-up tour to Cardiff in 2018. The recipient of two Emmys and three Grammys, Rock acquired a new generation of fans during the 2000s as he provided the voice of Marty the zebra in Madagascar.

Bill Bailey | Where: Venue Cymru, Llandudno on February 14 and 15; Swansea Grand Theatre on May 8 and 9; Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on June 1. | Tickets: From the venues or go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness.

Russell Brand | Where: St David's Hall, Cardiff on February 27, Swansea Grand Theatre on July 10 and Venue Cymru, Llandudno on July 12.

| Tickets: From the venues, his own website and Ticketmaster.

The comedian talks all things parenthood as he tries to come to terms with being a dad to Mabel and all the things that he now has to worry about.

Michael McIntrye | Where: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena | When: April 11-15 | Tickets: 029 2022 4488 or Ticketmaster Britain's biggest comedian Michael McIntyre is set to return to the stage with his eagerly awaited new tour and this time he is going global.

He's a popular man - his shows are taking place all over the world and they sell out pretty quickly!

e ut p sea The-ns nd Ar rena 0 Jason Manford | Where: Swansea Grand Theatre: July 13 and 14. Wrexham's Astor William Hall: July 19. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff: December 1 | Tickets: PS27.50 (tickets are subject to a booking fee) Tickets are available from Ticketmaster online or at the venues.

.5 b re ar m r he e One of the UK's biggest comedy K' edy 's y Jason stars, 'Muddle Class' is Jason's long awaited return to stand-up, featuring 148 dates throughout the whole of 2018.

Music The X Factor Live Tour | Where: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena | When: February 18 | Tickets: Tickets including limited availability Family Tickets (4 tickets maximum 2 adults) are available from the venue box offices, select ticket agents and the official hotlines for www.gigsandtours.com or www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.bookingsdirect.com.

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nek -9.-The Stereophonics | Where: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff | When: March 6 and 7 | Tickets: Call the Box Office 029 2022 4488 or see www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk These concerts are actually sold out but there's always a chance for returns to keep an eye out.

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92 niris The international smash-hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical is coming to the he e Welsh capital to step back in time to Baltimore, 1962 and Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV.

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The record-breaking show, billed as the untold story of the witches of Oz, will be the one of the main shows in the 2018 calendar at the WMC.

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Matilda The Musical | When: December 4 to January 12 | Where: Wales Millennium Centre | Tickets: 029 2063 6464.

Whe Janua Whe lennium Ticke Ma cal h t Matilda The Musical has been named as the Christmas 2018 show at the Wales Millennium Centre.

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