Words by Ian Pennington
This week is a bit of a slow builder on the live music front, so much so that I’m going to head straight to the weekend and then dart back.
Like a Question of Sport round giving you the option of home or away categories of difficulty, the weekend has thrown up one near and one not so near in the world of folk-tinged indie pop rock. So, which category first?
Starting at home, there’s a two-day showcase across the weekend of Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th based at a pair of Ancoats’ churches – the seldom used St Michael’s and the fairly recently refurbished Halle St Peter’s (see picture above). Named Undressed Weekend, the event features the likes of Jesca Hoop, Liz Green, The Travelling Band and Josephine and comes with the Hey! Manchester seal of quality.
Pick up an away card and travel beyond the Welsh border to the scenic Glanusk Park for Green Man festival, whose ever-reliable booking team have delivered again. Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Mercury Rev and Beirut are all evidence of that. They’re plugging in the soundsystems from Thursday 14th, so all the more fun for anyone arriving from then.
Rewinding back to Monday 11th, shake out any remaining weekend energy in a sweaty mosh pit at Sound Control, where Skeletonwitch will no doubt invite you to bang your head wildly.
Tuesday 12th’s Now Wave show is in smaller climes than their recent bookings. The Castle Hotel welcomes rock n roll duo The Garden.
The same night sees a feast of artists from the cloud rap genre, pitching their wit to more ethereal production. Yung Lean is the pick from the Swedish crew Sad Boys, who are due to entertain a Roadhouse crowd.
On Wednesday 13th take a trip to Club Academy (and back in time), where US punks Dead Kennedys are still rocking hard after all these years.
Mazes and Veronica Falls have fused their powers the form a super group sounding like a business team building exercise. Ultimate Painting’s melodic tones will be resonating around the Castle Hotel on Thursday 14th.
Staying with ultimates, the time has again arrived to don your fake 80s ‘tache and funky flares, pick up an inflatable saxophone and head to The Ritz, where a thousand or so others will be doing exactly the same on Friday 15th as Ultimate Power pick out the power ballads to rock your world.
Back into the weekend for a couple of one-off gigs, Saturday 18th sees the EDL causing a stir. No, not that EDL. I mean the English Disco Lovers, whose dancefloor fuelled search engine optimisation movement to shunt racists into the background is visiting Manchester’s Roadhouse for a night of soulful grooves – proceeds go to charity as well.
Finally, a real must-see as the Sun Ra Arkestra revisits the great man’s repertoire at Band On The Wall on Sunday 17th.