Farmers across the country have their work cut out, and we spare a thought for those in Derbyshire, in particular… As festival season slowly packs up leaving acres of mud and mayhem, fortunately there’s plenty of room for some of our inner city events to flourish. Manchester Jazz Festival is currently in full flow, hosting 100 gigs across our city over ten days of music, events and film. Heading into August, Manchester is visited by the usual array of talent, some of which we’ve been previewing in our latest playlist. As well as MJF 2017, we’re looking ahead to a collection of superb acts taking to our stages across the next seven days. Read on for our pick of the best.

Monday 31st: Fantastic Negrito (Band On The Wall)

// The fantastic, Fantastic Negrito drops into Band On The Wall, supporting his Grammy Award-winning LP ‘The Last Days of Oakland’, a perfect demonstration of his contemporary, bluesy take on roots music. Check out his NPR Tiny Desk 2015 winning performance from here.

Tuesday 1st: Andy Scott & Group S (Festival Square)

// Andy Scott leads his 14-piece sax colossus including virtuosi John Helliwell, Mike Hall and Gwilym Simcoc, on Tuesday evening at Manchester Jazz Festival’s stunning hub, the Salon Perdu. The group’s skilful and dazzling mastery of the saxophone is expected to be a festival highlight.

Wednesday 2nd: Silver Apples (Band On The Wall)

// We return to Band On The Wall to catch veteran psychedelic electronic pioneers Silver Apples. Using a homemade synthesizer largely consisting of ‘junk’ and an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear, the duo developed a legendary sound in the 60s, counting Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon as fans.

Thursday 3rd: Irwin Mitchell MJF Originals / Cottonopolis (…?)

// Cottonopolis, winner of the Irwin Mitchell MJF originals commission for 2017, looks to be one of Manchester Jazz festival’s most anticipated events. Taking place on Thursday 3rd August, Cottonopolis is an evening celebration exploring the iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful, industrial and cultural past, from Manchester-based pianist and composer Andy Stamatakis-Brown. Just don’t ask us about the venue

Friday 4th: Kate Nash (The Ritz), Frankie Cosmos (Band On The Wall)

// Whilst currently looking right at home in the new Netflix hit series GLOW, cult pop starKate Nash has no plans of leaving her roots, currently touring a 10th anniversary show of her breakthrough debut ‘Made Of Bricks’. Back over at Band On The Wall, budding singer-songwriter Frankie Cosmos – the lo-fi indie pop project of Greta Kline – will be supporting her recent acclaimed release ‘Next Thing’.

Saturday 5th: Soup Kitchen’s 7th Birthday (Soup Kitchen), Covert Presents Erick Morillo (Gorilla)

// Happy Birthday Soup Kitchen! The cosy, much-loved venue marks seven years of excellence with a late and live bonanza of music, celebrating with a twelve hour party, along with a few free drinks… Over at Gorilla, Covert host another night of Ibiza classics, courtesy of Erick Morillo.

Sunday 6th: Fini Bearman (Festival Square)

// Despite an array of talent you can check out Manchester Jazz Festival’s final day, Fini Bearman will be bringing festivities to a close in the Salon Perdu with a stripped-back set.

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

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