It’s time for a big yawn, a long stretch and a sift through your drawers to find those winter woollies. Hibernation is over and your favourite musicians are thawing out, meaning gig season is nearing and with it a chance to warm those cockles and bang your eardrums once more.

With fewer larger touring acts to claim the limelight, now is the time of year to sample that local music showcase you’ve kept overlooking. Starting with tonight, Monday 12th, at Apotheca on Thomas Street. Acoustica is a fresh night conceived by the folks behind Sound Control and TJ Events, and they’ve invited guitarist Jordan Allen to the launch.

Speaking of the Sound Control folks, they’ll be back at their HQ on Tuesday 13th to welcome Canadian indie rockers Stars.

For more intimate fare, try the Didsbury café Art of Tea’s Strings Night, where local songwriter Hugo Kensdale will be adapting his solo compositions to incorporate a strings ensemble.

Moving through to Wednesday 14th, we’re switching from music to films about music. The Islington Mill Pot Luck Film Night has selected Dogs in Space, a dramatisation of Melbourne’s late 70s to early 80s post-punk scene – focusing on the titular band’s house-share.

Back into the live music realm, we’re pointing towards Roadhouse, where Denis Jones and The Pickpocket Network will be weaving their experimental webs. This is pencilled in for Thursday 15th but check the link for confirmation of this.

The Albert Hall’s doors swing open once more on Friday 16th, making room for the egos of South Africa’s most popular alt-rap export Die Antwoord.

Over at Band on the Wall, they’re making room for all Extra Love’s band members, rather than their egos.

Bring back those angsty teenage years (unless you’re still an angsty teenager, in which case you’ll fit right in) with Funeral for a Friend at Gorilla on Saturday 17th.

With less angst and more free expression, the psychedelic showcase inside Fallowfield arts venue Platt Chapel’s walls that night features The Yossarians, Fruit Tones and Ten Mouth Electron.

Finally for Saturday, there’s a full day’s worth of vibes at selected by the Carefully Planned team. For their 24th musical marathon, there are eight bands in total lined up, from Jo Rose at doors to an unnamed headliner.

Your Sunday evening slow-down arrives courtesy of Odd Bar, whose free acoustic bill is topped by Elle Mary & The Bad Men.

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