Words by Ian Pennington
All of our picks this week are bundled towards the end of the week, so you can daydream through the next couple of evenings in anticipation of what’s to follow.
Fast-forward to Thursday 20th when the action begins. That evening sees the first leg of a two-night stay for Bombay Bicycle Club at the renovated Albert Hall venue, while elsewhere Interpol top a SXSW festival themed NME tour bill at Academy 1.
The modern jazz group lauded by everyone from the Mercury Prize to Bag Thing’s associate promoter Hear Here is returning to Band On The Wall after a hiatus. That’s Polar Bear in case those clues didn’t give it away. You can also read an interview with their drummer, Seb Rochford in the latest edition of Now Then, which hits the streets this week and is also online here.
Finally for Thursday, there’s another new arts magazine in town, run by members of the University of Manchester’s Literature Society. It’s called Sonder and launches at Kraak with a handpicked roster of artists, poets and musicians.
Prepare for a late night on Friday, with a trio of midnight oil burners to choose between. The recently reopened Sankeys is hosting the ever-popular 2ManyDJs, or for more hip hop themed antics head to the Roadhouse for this month’s In The Loop, featuring their open-mic cipher with £50 tabled for the winner.
Your third option is across in Salford at Islington Mill, where the latest edition of Gesamtkunstwerk’s unhinged hedonism will kick into gear from half nine. Expect sounds from the avant garde end of dance music, promising to “tap into your innermost cerebral hemispheres”.
The Rob da Bank acclaimed folky This Is The Kit’s lighter, floatier acoustic ditties would be the perfect antidote to that brand of noise. She returns on Saturday 22nd with a show at Gullivers.
Or later that night head over to Sound Control to catch the jazzy hip hop of local turntables and double bass duo Fingathing.
We’ll finish with an artist on the Canadian label Jagjaguwar, whose experience touring as Bonnie Prince Billy’s backing singer and guitarist has undoubtedly helped with her solo work. If you’ve missed out on Angel Olsen’s show at Soup Kitchen on Sunday 23rd then fear not, she’s already lined up another Manchester show later in the year, courtesy of the same promoter, Hey! Manchester.