Words by Ian Pennington

It makes a change to be typing this up while glancing out of my window at blue skies. What better excuse to get out and about to Manchester’s best gigs this week?

With slow start to the week, Tuesday 4th is where we’ll start. British melodic electro types Breton are booked into perform at Soup Kitchen, or there’s a pair of local vocalists performing with bluesy jazz backing bands at The Castle Hotel – Charlie Cooper headlines and Judith Ude supports.

The standout show on Wednesday 5th sees inventive loop pedal pusher Charlie Barnes topping a post-rock oriented bill ahead of locals Tribal Fighters and Sphelm (Mike from Cyril Snear). They’re all on at Gullivers.

Not even at the weekend and there are two dance music producers vying for attention on Thursday 6th. Headline-grabbing duo Disclosure begin a two-night stay at the Apollo Theatre, while Fantastic Mr Fox returns to the UK from his current home in Berlin to keep an audience at Oxford Road’s Odder Bar on their toes.

Elsewhere on Thursday, Detroit hip hop beatsmith Apollo Brown makes his Manchester debut at Band on the Wall. There’s still time to win tickets for that one via local arts and culture magazine Now Then.

Friday 7th has been designated the day of the spectacular. There is a pair of events that will engage multiple sense. Local chillwavers Patterns will be joined by the Manchester Community Choir, who’ll beef up their vocal parts ringing around the far corners of St Philip’s Church in Salford. Otherwise, one of the better known covers bands in the world – and deservedly so – The Australian Pink Floyd Show will point their LEDs and lasers at the Phones 4 U Arena.

Later on, the clubnight of choice has to be R&S Records’ Lone, who’s performing for Coded Rhythm at Joshua Brooks.

If you’ve not got tickets to see Haim on Saturday 8th at Academy 1 (live) or the Deaf Institute (DJ), then check out something better: acoustic finger picking whizz William Fitzsimmons is set to entertain a packed Night & Day Café crowd.

Down in south Manchester’s Levenshulme at the Klondyke Bowls club, indie rock noiseniks from the eastern side of France (Electric Electric and Sport) and the north of England (Plank!, Well Wisher, Bad Grammar, etc) team up for a day-long celebration of reverb.

Then if you still have the energy for a Sunday 9th show, why not pay a visit to We Are Scientists’ lab? This time based at The Ritz.

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