Words by Ian Pennington

The end of August means one thing. Football, you say? Okay, it means more than one thing, but the one thing I have in mind is the bank holiday weekend, which is nestled invitingly at the end of this next set of seven.

Before we get there, we have a few days of gigs to throw into options hat. Monday 18th sees doomsaying rockers Protomartyr dusting off their guitars ahead of a Ruby Lounge headlining spot.

With those reverberations still ringing in your ears, there’s more of a similar theme the following night, Tuesday 19th. This time your destination is Deaf Institute, where the US stoner rockers Karma To Burn are due to plug in and peel that lovely Deaf wallpaper from its walls using sheer sonic power.

Wednesday 20th leaves the heavier side of psychedelic rock in favour of a more colourful musical palette. Flamingods are on the Animal Collective end of the spectrum, instilled with Middle Eastern influences. Their Kraak gig is my pick of the week.

In the Thursday 21st calm before the bank holiday storm you can soak up the pensive lilts of Tiny Ruins at Castle Hotel, or forget about any calm and head to the Apollo Theatre to see Jane’s Addiction.

Friday 22nd could be another mellow one if you choose to go down the path laid out for you here. Vancouver Sleep Clinic offers an ambient show fitting with their name. Bring your pillow down to Soup Kitchen and prepare to drift is gentle sopor. Alternatively, if you want to begin your bank holiday weekend with a bang then get down to 1 Primrose Street for the launch night of Lean Back. The former abattoir plays host to this brand new clubnight showcasing the best in cutting edge hip-hop and house. 

Into the fabled weekend, cult raconteur and comic book creator Jeffrey Lewis should be high on your pick list. Head to Deaf Institute on Saturday 23rd to catch this show with his backing band, the Jrams. Then stick around at the same venue for part two of the Flyin’ Easy Soul Club down in the basement. The residents will be joined by the At Large turntablists – Omas, Orko and Ink.

Then on Bank Holiday Sunday 24th I’ll save you the hassle of sifting through the reams of events. Just make the trip to Salford’s First Chop Brewery where the Wet Laser clubnight and BBQ will be in full swing.

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