What a weekend, hey? If you’ve topped up your tan then you’d best get ready to watch it fade away while sheltering from any lingering solar heat in the reverberating sanctuaries of Manchester’s gig venues. [Spoiler alert: it’s due to rain this week anyway, so you’ll be better off indoors with your favourite live bands than eking out any further hints of summer for the time being.]
Blues rock strumming Domino Records stalwarts Archie Bronson Outfit are the entertainers in one such sanctuary on Monday 19th. Their songs are luring you into bay at The Ruby Lounge, whereas former Portico Quartet man Nick Mulvey has other plans afoot at Gorilla.
One of Now Wave’s contributions to the week is Mutual Benefit. The gentle lullaby crafters are heading for Deaf Institute on Tuesday 20th.
Speaking of gentle lullaby crafter, it’d be remiss not to mention Hurray For The Riff Raff’s country-tinted ditties booked in at Night & Day Café for Wednesday 21st.
At this point you’re wondering where the ear-splitting volume setting has disappeared to amid all this indie-folk. Swans will no doubt find it on Thursday 22nd at Academy 2
There’s a wide range of bands at Dot to Dot festival once again for the guitar-hungry among you. This festival’s indoors, so don’t worry about glimpsing any sunlight. Simply dart between Gorilla, Deaf Institute, The Ritz, Retro Bar, Joshua Brooks, The Zoo, Thirsty Scholar, Satan’s Hollow and Sound Control, who’re all staging acts as part of the Friday 23rd event.
Friday is also the first day of a festival that leaning closer to the leftfield and experimental, Fat Out Fest. It continues through to Sunday at Islington Mill and features more excitement than I could possibly describe so head to their website for info.
On Saturday 24th, unofficial poet laureate of Salford John Cooper Clarke will utter his tales of bleakness and discontent at the Palace Theatre. Or down the road at Academy 1 their staging Gigantic, a day of reminisce with coordinates set to 80s indie rock.
Out of town there’s also the first of a trio of summer events for local arts mag Now Then, who’ve invited acoustic trio Ivan Campo to round off an afternoon in Gorton that also features an art workshop by Upper Space and a grass roots music industry talk by Ruth Daniel. It’s free entry all day as well.
Finally on Sunday 25th, to make sure your ears are still ringing come Monday morning, take your pick between a pair of epic noise grinders. Venetian Snares is scheduled to blitz through Soup Kitchen’s ample soundsystem, or US rockers Nine Inch Nails are welcomed to the larger setting of the Phones4U Arena.