Words by Ian Pennington
With the sun beaming and its hat firmly on, you’d be forgiven for hanging around outside while Manchester’s music continues indoors. But we know there are always those who fancy a gig, so here’s to the hayfever sufferers, the easily burned, the air conditioner fans and the agoraphobes.
Patti Smith’s performance of Horse at the Apollo is a fine reason to stay inside on Monday 8th, while Beth Jean Houghton continues her revamp as the rockier Du Blonde at Deaf Institute the following evening, Tuesday 9th.
All lights lead to Kraak on Wednesday 10th as psychedelic cross-stitchers Eternal Tapestry paint their hazy, swirling musical portraits.
Thursday 11th is one of those days when all the best gigs of the week are crammed into the same evening, mixing colours from many palettes. Cult favourites British Sea Power’s show at the Ritz needs no introduction, or there’s a return to Deaf Institute for US alt-rock warblers Andrew Jackson Jihad.
At the Whitworth Gallery, local hyper-electronica duo D/R/U/G/S headline a Whitworth Young Contemporaries showcase that also features spoken word by Young Identity and various artistic workshops – all for free.
Elsewhere, you’ll find a pair of Hey! Manchester endorsed artists snuggled into the cosier pub climes of the Eagle Inn and Gullivers – I’m talking about indie folk raconteurs, The Burning Hell (who will also perform at Gullivers the night before for a bonus show, just to confuse things), and dulcet-toned Beths hybrid of Gibbons and Orton, Jenny Hval, respectively.
On the film front, perch on the edge of your seat for the latest Grimm Up North spine tingler at Dancehouse, Interview With A Vampire.
Finally reaching Friday 12th, the stripped-back acoustic lilts of singer-songwriter Waxahatchee will be ringing around the Ruby Lounge.
Psych-rock and shoegaze fans are spoiled for choice on Saturday 13th. Night & Day Café’s third Psych Fest instalment is topped by Crocodiles, The Lucid Dream and The Sundowners, while Dots & Loops celebrate nine years of shoegaze with a Ruby Lounge show set to be stolen by The Pop Group, followed by an after-party at Kraak.
To round off the week, there’s another reason to climb the staircase to the Gullivers gig room as Ben Chasny’s conceptual cosmic rockers Six Organs of Admittance come to town, screaming guitars and all.
If that’s not your cup of peppermint herbal then maybe a trip to the suburbs to catch the folky tales of The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys will sate your lingering weekly musical desire. That’s one for the Klondyke Club’s intimate climes.