Words by Ian Pennington

As the dust settles on a week of electioneering, the new government is moving swiftly to fill the key party positions. Ever with our finger on the pulse here at Bag Thing, we’re doing the something similar – pointing out the key places in which to party.

Commandeering the party’s mellow beginnings will be alt-country duo Paper Aeroplanes, taking the reins at Kraak on Monday 11th.

First on the dancefloor and rocking harder than any of the other early week attendees, Meat Wave hook their cleavers into the Castle’s back room. Expect the Chicago rockers to bring the Illinoise on Tuesday 12th.

Post-rock fans snapped up all the tickets for ex-Oceansize man Mike Vennart’s latest jam under his own name, so you’ll be looking for returns in order to get into Soup on Wednesday 13th.

But we don’t ever leave you short-changed on ideas, so here are two more invitations to RSVP: OFWGKTA’s Tyler, The Creator at the Academy, or the mouth burning Hot Chip continue to serve up electro pop nuggets, this time housed in Gorilla.

Creativetourist.com’s annual soiree might tempt you into a bit of venue hopping on Thursday 14th. They’ve curated all sorts of arty parties across the city’s premier municipals under the banner of After Hours, including Central Library, MOSI, Manchester Museum, the Whitworth and Cheetham’s.

If you’d sooner stay put, then try for returns to the sold out Belle & Sebastian shows at Albert Hall, playing on both Thursday and Friday 15th.

On the topic of genteel folk-pop with a cult following, Nizlopi climb down from their dad’s JCB that night to share their new tunes at Deaf Institute.

Shuffling over to the dancefloor, Flyin’ Easy Soul Club’s invited selectors are making a beeline for the Whisky Jar decks later that night.

For when you’re drinking alone with the party going on all around, there’s always the blues for refuge. The spindly rhythm peddlers Daddy Long Legs will be tugging on those melody strings at Gullivers on Saturday 16th for your entertainment.

If you’ve not been buying into American Football’s irregular sporting invasion at Wembley in recent years, then try the band of the same name instead. You have two bites of the post-rock/math/indie cherry on Saturday – they’re taking to the Gorilla stage in the late afternoon as well as evening.

For a third dose of mid-weekend music as the night draws in, head to Joshua Brooks for a funky disco groovedown with The Glimmers.

Closing this week as you would the metaphorical party – with an early morning comedown – we’re heading to the Dancehouse where dextrous folkies Lau pick and strum through to the morn.

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