Last week Andy Burnham won a 63% majority of the vote to take charge as Greater Manchester’s first metro mayor. The news will be received positively for a number of reasons but it’s also been welcomed by the music sector, as the appointment may bring smoother planning and licensing process. The appointment marks a superb opportunity for the development of music strategies to support music tourism, news which certainly gives us lots to look forward to as we welcome another week of exciting gigs. Read on for our pick of the bunch.

Monday 8th: Big Narstie (Gorilla), Ducktails + James Ferraro + Typhonian Highlife (Soup Kitchen)

// British grime MC Big Narstie brings the Bass Defence League to Gorilla, while Soup Kitchen hold an intriguing triple bill including a solo set from Ducktails frontman Matt Mondanile.

Tuesday 9th: James Leg + The Bonnevilles (Soup Kitchen)

// Texan keyboard player and punk/blues howler James Leg arrives in Manchester following on from the success of his acclaimed 2015 LP Below The Belt. Expect crunching keyboards, harder-than-gravel vocals and driven rhythm.

Wednesday 10th: Theme Park (Soup Kitchen), Dr Robert (Deaf Institute)

// London trio Theme Park have been on the musical circuit for an number of years now, though are only now releasing their long-awaited second LP ‘Is This How Is Starts?’. The record (released this week) comes four years after their storming eponymous debut. Over at Deaf, The Blow Monkeys frontman Dr Robert proves his songwriter worth following a return to solo work.

Thursday 11th: Free at Soup: Vulgarians (Soup Kitchen), The Japanese House (Gorilla)

// Soup Kitchen invites you to join them (for free) and Hull’s indie quartet Vulgarians celebrating their new EP ‘Almost-Instinct, Almost True‘. Indie pop act The Japanese House brings a welcome blend of dream pop and electronica to Gorilla ahead of a new EP hitting the shelves this summer.

Friday 12th: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (The Ritz), C Duncan (Band On The Wall), Lowly (Gullivers)

// Funk legend George Clinton will be getting the weekend started in superb fashion, landing the Parliament-Funkadelic spaceship at The Ritz this Friday. Scottish composer and Mercury Prize-nominated C Duncan heads to Band On The Wall and Danish dream pop outfit Lowly take the stage at Gullivers.

Saturday 13th: The Lucid Dream (Deaf Institute), Our Fold (Band On The Wall), Hey Colossus / Mums / Breaking Colts (Soup Kitchen)

// Carlisle’s noise/pysch rockers The Lucid Dream make a welcome return at Deaf following an uncertain start to the year. Following a break-in to their van while on tour in Paris, the band were unsure if they would ever carry on with their tour. Our Fold offer fans a preview of their much-anticipated debut album with a special show at Band On The Wall. Soup Kitchen hosts another triple bill headed by raucous six-piece Hey Colossus.

Sunday 14th: Meadowlark (The Castle Hotel)

// Indie pop duo Meadowlark help bring the week to close with an appearance at The Castle Hotel. The band have taken flight with a number of impressive EPs over recent years, and a debut album ‘Postcards’ is set for release this summer.

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A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

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