Words by Ian Pennington
In a week recognised in the form of a UK public holiday as acknowledging rebirth, it’s apt to begin our weekly listings blog with a mention of Manchester’s famous film and arts centre, Cornerhouse, which will vacate its Oxford Street location on Saturday 4th with The Storming, before returning afresh by the end of the month at the new multi-arts complex, Home.
We begin this lead-up to the long Easter weekend with a double header for go-to reggae peddler Lee Scratch Perry, who’ll spend two nights – Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st – at Band on the Wall.
By Tuesday you might be looking to pogo in vertical stature rather than lulled into feeling so laid back you’re horizontal, so Deaf Institute’s Swim Deep gig could emit the sort of upbeat melodies to keep you upright.
A change of pace and format on Wednesday 1st April: Afflecks-based arts cavern 3MT is hosting Kino Film’s latest showcase of independent filmmaking from the North West. Expect a range of genres and styles.
Back in the musical realm, Thursday 2nd marks a landmark for Bells in the Birches, whose new EP of olde-worlde sing-along folk songs will be ringing around Salford pub The Eagle Inn.
Alternatively, those who like their lyrics to be sharper than the most piercing of a forest’s thorns will appreciate the incisively worded barbs delivered through the On Yer Mic microphone at Band on the Wall the same evening. Manchester-based Ben Mellor heads the bill.
Guitar-wielding Aussie Courtney Barnett rolls into town on a soundwave of critical acclaim this Friday 3rd. Her band plug into the Gorilla soundsystem. Night owls might fancy the stroll down to XOLO, where the Horse Meat Disco DJs flex their grooving muscle at Hiku’s club night.
Synth-pop upstarts Errors wouldn’t sound out of place on the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack, so loosen those shoulders, hone those bowhunting skills and dance like a liger as a reminder of why Mogwai signed the Scottish trio to their label approaches. The 80s throwbacks fill ears at Deaf Institute on Saturday 4th.
Marika Hackman sits with her soul-searching guitar at the other end of the danceability spectrum and entertains a Night & Day Café audience the same night.
We’ll finish the week with both stages of a bumper Easter weekender at Antwerp Mansion. The charmingly decrepit former Conservative club behind the Curry Mile start at 4pm on both days. They have an Audio Farm Festival launch party on Saturday 4th, featuring a taste of what to expect – including Paddy Steer, Scratters & the Funky Disco Pig, and Galivantes.
Then on Sunday 5th, the Fresh Creative crew take a turn towards electronica and dub. Ninja Tune’s Slugabed headlines, while Red Eye HiFi and Dub Smugglers offer support.