Deadline Day

Today is transfer deadline day in the football circus, full of seemingly knee-jerk purchases and the careers of instrumental players hanging by a thread. While this week’s gig guide might score a few of the latter, you certainly won’t need to panic buy, as we calmly talk you through the next seven days of Manchester shows.

There’s been plenty of Facebook activity on my newsfeed relating to tonight’s big show, Sufjan Stevens. It’s long been sold out, so to gain entry you’ll have to score a return. They do exist and are being shifted at face value, so keep your eyes peeled. The dulcet toned finger picker is playing at the Apollo.

The Californian psych rock lynchpin Ty Segall shares the Gorilla stage with one of his many bands on Tuesday 1st September. This time it’s Fuzz, who’re touring the world ahead of their next album, II.

Wednesday 2nd is one for fans of keepy-uppy – it’s a triple-header. Post-punk, alt-rockers and The Fall wannabes Ought are back for more after a couple of bustling sets at smaller sweat chambers. This time they’ve upgraded to Deaf Institute.

For a less sweaty, more laidback, country and/or western vibe, head to Gullivers for The Deslondes.

Your Wednesday wildcard is a tribute show organised by The Awful Truth, who invite local artists to choose one of their influences to ape through the night. This time they’ll take a shot at Noel Gallagher, Nick Cave and Nick Lowe.

The jovial indie pop types from Cuz are lined up to play at the Ruby Lounge on Thursday 3rd.

An event in La Liga of its own (if that makes any sense) is the Spanish-themed Festajar on Albert Square, continuing from Thursday lunchtime through to Saturday night. Music-wise, expect Latin and Flamenco courtesy of The Gypsy Kings and Calaita Flamenco Son. Who knows, maybe the likes of Juan Mata or David Silva will make an appearance.

It’s an international weekend in the Premier League, so there’s chance instead to see new singings rather than signings, starting on Friday 4th with the alt-pop witticisms of Vinny Peculiar at Gullivers or due south down Stockport Road there’s an intimate corner at Fred’s Ale House for ex-Seahorses man Chris Helme.

‘There’s only one man,’ they cry from the terraces. On Friday night at Gorilla, that translates as Oneman, the hip hop and grime peddler who’s headlining Transmission Funk’s first birthday bash.

Saturday 5th is all about a local band making a rare appearance off the bench by returning to action. Specifically, The Longcut’s metronomic performance at the back of Dulcimer in Chorlton.

Rounding off the week’s fixtures on Sunday 6th is a couple of big names who have a lot of games under their belt. My Morning Jacket and Jungle Brothers can be spotted at The Ritz and Academy 3 respectively.

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