Words by Ian Pennington

We’re looking ahead again. Not as far ahead as the HBO management would like the Game of Thrones TV series writers to be looking. Seven days of Manchester gigs will do for now.

Day one in today, Monday 16th. Suggestion one is to sample post-rockers Vessels’ new electronic direction at Soup Kitchen.

Not impressed? Perhaps go to Gullivers for the continuation of Jezebel Music’s Monday series, this time pitting the dextrous wits of folky guitarists Tom Williams and Cavan Moran.

Kip over at Gullivers for more of the same on Tuesday 17th if you’re so inclined. Kiran Leonard will fit snugly into the same sonic slipstream as the previous night’s soundwaves.

Feeling in the mood for something more upbeat? North Atlantic Oscillation are on at Soup Kitchen performing their thickly layered shoegaze dream pop.

We’re taking a few hearty strides down memory lane at the Ritz on Wednesday 18th. Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson is strumming the tunes having long since carved his own path.

Conversely, Gorilla is hosting two of US hip hop’s relative newcomers making waves by spitting bars as a collaborative unit. Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers present their Clockwork Indigo show.

On Thursday 19th you’ll no doubt be looking for a suitable soundtrack to be ringing in your tinnitus addled ears by the time the ‘rush-hour eclipse’ takes nobody by surprise on Friday morning. We have just the things.

The electronic deviance of worriedaboutsatan will be a blast from the past for some cruisers on the sonic soundway, but if they’re new to you then educate yourself at Gullivers.

If that’s not your chosen direction then take a turn off at Roadhouse for Abdominal & The Obliques. The Canadians fuse folk, jazz and hip hop into a hearty melange suitable for any astronomical occurrence.

Once the eclipse has changed your life, you’ll be looking for something a little different on Friday evening. Bad Language has a plan in hand for your post-work downtime. They’ve curated an hour of spoken word which will be free to watch in the Royal Exchange foyer.

Or if you like to think further outside the box then it’s time to pay a visit to Islington Mill, where the Saisonscape project launches in the capable compositional grip of Richard Skelton.

Saturday 21st has a whole raft of options bundled up and dispersed across town. Jane Weaver’s return is sold out, but you could instead try The Handsome Family at the Martin Harris Centre, whose True Detective credits music is still hauntingly clear.

If they don’t tickle your pickle then the bard of Salford might. Dr John Cooper Clarke takes the mic at the Apollo.

Otherwise, there’s the indie pop of Postcards From Jeff at The Castle Hotel.

For a taste of the city’s heritage on Sunday 22nd, head to People’s History Museum at 2pm for Manchester Film Co-op’s screening of Everything is Possible, a documentary on the life of feminist campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst.

Then there are a couple of heavy hitters to finish the week. First up is at Albert Hall, where the Warpaint stadium tour bus will be parked for their night of melodic indie rock.

Or if your taste ain’t Warpaint, but more warp, then set your controls for the heart of Gorilla, where Sun Ra Arkestra’s sonic space odyssey will be in full flight.

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