Words by Ian Pennington

Hello there, welcome, and step inside our weekly gig preview blog.

Stride through the hallway of Monday 24th blues courtesy of a couple of low key shows on Oldham Street: Gullivers hosts a Carefully Planned night headed up by Sam Brookes, while The Castle Hotel sees Rachel Hillary strumming her acoustic guitar.

Mind the step as we enter OFWGKTA rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s solo gig on Tuesday 25th at Academy 2.

Over the threshold of Wednesday 26th, there’s a milestone for fans of spoken word and performance poetry: Bad Language’s new host, Fat Roland, makes his debut as compere of the free entry monthly at The Castle Hotel. Round the corner and back on the music trail, you can sample some of Wild Beasts’ favourite songs after their sold out Albert Hall gig by heading to Deaf Institute for their DJ set.

Grab a chair at the Thursday 27th banqueting table where there are plenty of platters on the menu. We’ll start with Denis Jones’s headline show at Night & Day Café, the avant garde electronic pedal pusher will be supported by local bluesy sound warpers Walk.

Next up for Thursday, pick Story Books off the shelf at The Castle Hotel, whose shoegaze pop will surely fill the real ale pub’s back room.

Or across the road at the Bay Horse there’s another From Another Place show, featuring F A L L S as the resident guitar wielding racket makers

Thursday is also the start of this year’s Future Everything festival, which will surely already be emboldened on the calendars of any electronic music purveyors. There’s a citywide conference with lectures and artistic projects drizzled over town but, focusing on the music element, it launches with an eye-catching booking at the Ritz by the chaps at Now Wave. Nicolas Jaar’s new Darkside duo performs their subtle sonic manipulations. For other FE gig recommendations, check out Robert Henke on Friday and Evian Christ on Saturday.

If you’d prefer to laze back and turn on the telly, then do so at Gorilla on Friday 28th, where the Grimm Up North team are screening the original Robocop film.

Or stay on your feet with Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam Six at Deaf Institute, where they’ll be launching their album in their own inimitable style.

Feeling energetic by this stage of the week, hit the sports room on Saturday 29th. Specifically, grab a paddle and play some ping pong at the recently refurbished TwentyTwentyTwo during their Beats, Bats & Beers night.

Finally, you’ve reached your destination at the end of the week. So on Sunday 30th just relax to the dulcet indie pop of François and the Atlas Mountains at Roadhouse, or dance all night with Mind On Fire, whose Future Everything showcase welcomes the Berlin abstract hip hop label, Project: Mooncircle, to curate a line-up. They’ve obliged by inviting KRTS, submerse and Rain Dog to Soup Kitchen.

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