Words by Ian Pennington

With another bank holiday weekend nearing on the horizon, we’re embarking on another packed week’s worth of Manchester gigs here at Bag Thing.

Starting, as ever, on Monday, take your pick between Deaf Institute and The Ruby Lounge as the locations to visit – they’re hosting Field Music offshoot School of Language and alt-folkie Micah P Hinson respectively.

Tuesday 29th isn’t throwing a great deal of choice onto the bandwagon, but if you’re not bound by the constraints of 9 to 5 then catch local rapper Dubbul O’s album launch night at Antwerp Mansion from 10pm. It’s the first of a new series of shows by Room 2 Records showcasing the burgeoning local hip hop scene, supported by their live house band.

There’s more to come from the hip hop persuasion on Wednesday 30th, but this time a more international appeal as Stones Throw Records’ Jonwayne heads to Soup Kitchen.

Kicking into the year’s fifth month (I know, time flies), Thursday 1st is another day for a Deaf Institute or Ruby Lounge coin toss. Piano fronted indie-pop purveyors will favour Shearwater at Deaf, whereas fans of chipper folk will be more inclined towards the latter, where Moulettes are performing.

It’s many a year since De La Soul were in their prime, but don’t let that stop you from catching their tour as it rolls into Academy 1 on Friday 2nd. Or tie up your Doc Martens and head to the antifascism meets punk music festival up in Moston, named 0161.

Into that aforementioned bank holiday weekend, Saturday 3rd sees Roadhouse and the Now Wave promoters teaming up to stage the Dum Dum Girls, appropriately supported by Manchester’s alt-rocking female quartet PINS. Stay out later at Band on the Wall, where Denis Jones will be playing at Mr Scruff’s latest club night of his indefinite residency. The former appears as one of the guest collaborators on the latter’s forthcoming record.

But make sure you save your energy for this year’s Sounds From The Other City Festival, which celebrates its tenth year with music emanating from venues along Salford’s Chapel Street, just across the river Irwell from Deansgate. Make sure you check out one new venue in particular – the First Chop Brewery on Trinity Row is now a regular spot to catch the best live music and DJ selections in the area.

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