Words by Ian Pennington

The gigs are slowly drying up like the last remnants of precipitation as the hazy British summer cranks the heat up to eleven and the mere trickle of a refrigerated beverage is music to your ears, but we’re still bringing your attention to some corkers this week. That’s far too much hyperbole for an opening salvo – the sun must have affected me more than I realised.

Monday 23rd has drawn a blank (although I’m happy to be informed otherwise), so let’s swiftly drift into Tuesday 24th, when Gareth Gates exemplifies how the mighty have fallen by popping into Academy 3 and rising harmonious folky quintet Boat To Row are headlining a show at Gullivers.

On Wednesday 25th Cherry Ghost returns for another North West homecoming at Manchester Cathedral. The Bolton wanderer played two sold out shows at Hallé St Peter’s in December before hosting a song writing masterclass at Band On The Wall in February, so that’s the safe bet to cuddle your earlobes.

If you’re not happy with playing it safe then make sure you head to Kraak, where Luke Abbott is due to perform. The ambient electronic producer is on James Holden’s Border Community label, so comes with that seal of approval.

I’m afraid Thursday 26th is offering very little, but that’s opportunity for ample time rest ahead of newly exclamation-less proggy instrumentalists Plank’s album launch show. That’s on Friday 27th at Levenshulme’s Klondyke Club.

On Saturday 28th we’re going to plump for a clubnight as our pick. Soup Kitchen hosts Luv*Jam for a night nodding towards the boogie.

Finishing the week on Sunday 29th we’d recommend the return of Portland hipsters The Dandy Warhols, who were the melodic mainstreamers to The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s plucky cult outsiders in the rockuentary film Dig!. They’ve been brought to the Ritz by local promotional newcomers Interstellar Overdrive, who’ve been making waves in the psych rock world.

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