Words by Ian Pennington

The gremlins finally took hold of my laptop over the weekend, so I’m afraid this blog has skipped Monday 27th and therefore 50% of the Manchester Ed Sheeran shows this week. Never fear, though. There’s another tonight.

If you’re not biting on that one, then we can offer alternatives since Tuesday 28th looks like being a busy one for gig-goers citywide. Although John Wizards have cancelled their Deaf Institute jaunt, Nils Frahm will entertain a sold out auditorium at RNCM and A$AP Mob’s Warehouse Project gig can’t be far off selling out.

Sheffield’s finest post-rock export, 65daysofstatic, is turning back the pages of their hymn books at the Cathedral on Wednesday 29th. As well as a full set covering their extensive back catalogue, they’re due to reprise their debut album tour show for a final time, by playing The Fall of Math in its entirety.

Continuing to seek sanctuary at the Cathedral on Thursday 30th, singer songwriter Nick Mulvey strums his guitar strong while tugging on your heartstrings.

Across town at Gullivers, the Memphis Industries signee Haley Bonar provides a more upbeat array of tunes.

Halloween has crept up like the footstep-less ghouls it evokes, with The Antlers galloping in to The Ritz steal top billing for the early evening treats. Later on at the same venue the Ultimate Power crew will swap their inflatable saxophones for broomsticks and cobwebs, along with their usual shameless selection of power ballads.

A more apt scene will be set at Soup Kitchen for their Psychmare on Spear St, where your skulls will be filled with psychedelia.

Breaking into All Hallows Days and the start of November, a couple of the city’s more ornate venues are the prime candidates for your time again. The Cathedral hosts a showcase of indie buzz bands from Future Islands to East India Youth, all performing under the Columns festival banner.

And the haunting ambienteers Lamb play a home town show at Albert Hall to mark their latest album, Backspace Unwind.

We have one more day to fill, Sunday 2nd, when you can take your pick between the eerie electro pop vocalist Indiana at Deaf Institute or seasoned keyboardist and funk producer Amp Fiddler at Band On The Wall.

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