Words by Ian Pennington

Still looking for more entertainment after three days of care-free long-weekend partying? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll see to it that the hi-fi in your head keeps playing.

For those of you with energy to spare this evening, Monday 21st, we have a couple to ways to round off your Bank Holiday. First up are the ageing Dutch punks The Ex, who’ll grace the Soup Kitchen basement stage, while the more melody-conscious Joan as Policewoman has found a home for the evening at Gorilla.

Casting your eyes to the next day on your calendar, an eventful week continues with a couple of picks in reminisce for any late 90s Kerrang TV viewers. Distillers fans will no doubt be psyched about the return of Brody Dalle, this time to Academy 2, while the Alkaline Trio are heading to The Ritz on the same day, Tuesday 22nd.

For more contemporary rock, try the harmonious indie of Sheffield’s The Crookes, who’re playing at Sound Control.

On Wednesday 23rd the music’s still flooding your ears; courtesy of ambient folkies I Am Your Autopilot at the Castle Hotel and indie pop buzz band Childhood at the Night & Day Café.

Speeding through to Thursday 24th in a South Manchester show for The Wave Pictures, who’re taking on the Chorlton Irish Club with their indie folk ditties.

If you’re more into James Blake than James Taylor, then chances are that you’ll appreciate Chet Faker, who’s due to perform at Soup Kitchen on the same night.

Acclaimed former Debt Records affiliates, Bridie Jackson and the Arbour have a date at Band On The Wall scheduled for Friday 25th.

Drifting into another weekend is Matthew & The Atlas, whose upbeat, melody-addled indie will be ringing around Soup Kitchen on Saturday 26th.

Elsewhere that night, there’s another brewery gig at First Chop on Trinity Row, just off Chapel Street in Salford. This time they have an album launch show for local favourite folkie Liz Green, who released her second, Haul Away!, not long ago.

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