Words by Ian Pennington

The festival season is nearing its conclusion, so pack down your tent for another year and head out to some of these gems over the next seven days.


A troupe of melodic country-twanged indie rockers with a mouthful of a name hit these shores on Monday 8th. I’m talking about The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and the shore in question is Ruby Lounge’s stage.

Turn over the page to Tuesday 9th at Deaf Institute, where classically trained Aussie chanteuse Kate Miller-Heidke drops in to read from the book of song.

From down-the-line pop to Super Furry askewness on Wednesday 10th. Solo Animal ringleader Gruff Rhys promises puppetry as part of his RNCM show.

That’s all very well, but I never dug Punch and Judy as a nipper. If you share that sentiment then maybe Tariff Street coffeehouse Takk would be a more suitable location that evening, when Steven James Adams separates from the Broken Family Band for a solo show.

Spinning a similarly folky thread on Thursday 11th, we cordially nod in the direction of Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, all of whom will tread the stage in the back room of Oldham Street’s Castle Hotel.

Singer songwriting psych pop whizz Cate Le Bon has been a beacon of the movement to keep the Welsh language alive through music. Hear her Cymry tones at Gorilla on Friday 12th.

Zigzagging around town, hers isn’t the only light shining on Friday. Across at First Chop Brewery in Salford, local reggae band Extra Love launch their very own beer, brewed at the venue itself. I’m advised it’s hoppy with a twist of mango.

Another local band tip is Tokolosh, whose line-up features Liam Frost alongside former members of The Whip and The Earlies, allowing them a supergroup badge. They’re on at Ruby Lounge.

Finally for Friday and to spoil you for choice, Gizeh Records signees Fieldhead have chosen the Castle Hotel as the four walls to hear their ambient sounds.

Into the weekend, acoustic guitarist Luke Sital-Singh will arrive for his Saturday 13th show at Gorilla at roughly the same time instrumental covers group IntroducingLive will be brushing up on Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ before their Band on the Wall gig.

End your Sunday on a high with upbeat indie litter Wild Cub at Deaf Institute.

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