Words by Ian Pennington

Now that you’ve stocked up on discounted hardware on a dubiously titled day, it’s time to settle back into seeking experiences rather than clutter. So here we mark the start of the twelfth month on the calendar by beckoning in another packed week of live music events in Manchester, welcoming tunesmiths from near and far.

We begin the week by casting our gaze afar, over the pond to North America, from whence both Augustines and The New Pornographers will be travelling to headline shows on Monday 1st. The former sermon the Cathedral, while the latter swing into Gorilla.

Tuesday 2nd sees a pair of picks from closer to home tackle shows at the Eagle Inn and Kraak. They are the gently strumming singer songwriter Elle Mary & The Bad Men and upbeat surf pop head nodders Omi Palone, respectively.

Local indie rock newcomers Wall Market Racketeers head up a free showcase at The Ram in Fallowfield on Wednesday 3rd.

Only down the road at Rusholme’s Antwerp Mansion, but looking further afield, the Rolla for Ebola fundraising roller disco sees a strong selection of Manchester’s clubnights vying for time on the decks. So Flute, Groove Kitchen, Hi Ku and more are all playing the soundtrack to raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières.

Game of Thrones fans might be tempted to try Grey Worm aka Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson’s show at Gorilla on Thursday 4th.

Exclamatory indie pop wordsmiths Los Campesinos! launch their latest tour in Manchester at Sound Control on the same night.

The Secretly Canadian, but actually Swedish, duo jj catch a Friday 5th flight into Soup Kitchen with a bowl of their finest ambient atmospheric stew.

Similarly shimmering pop moments will be peddled around the corner at the Castle Hotel by Manchester dwelling Concrete Wildlife, whose show precedes a debut EP due on Monday 8th, Peirama.

Cruising into the weekend, on Saturday 6th there’s more from the pensive, downtempo side of life. Teesside’s Saint Saviour teams with Bill Ryder Jones to deliver a sample of what life is like after Groove Armada and The Coral. Manchester Camerata will provide the instrumental backing to fill the Deaf Institute stage.

And sourcing more Scandi-tronica, this time from Iceland, Samaris return for a headlining slot at the Castle Hotel following previous tour with Jon Hopkins last year.

The week finishes with a biggy. Those two wheeled transport fanatics Bombay Bicycle Club celebrate their Mercury nomination with a pair of shows at the Apollo, of which this one on Sunday 8th is the first. Otherwise on the music awards front, try the Grammy surprise, Foxes. The Southampton singer visits Academy 2.

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