Words by Ian Pennington

We’re due another Indian Summer, so say the meteorologists and cloud-gazers, which is fitting because we’re also turning up the heat with a bevy of late September scorchers, all dotted around Manchester on the latest line of its gigging calendar.

We’re forecasting strong shows to bookend the week at Soup Kitchen, the first instalment of which is the yelpy Mancunian wig-out supergroup Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura, whose limbs borrowed from the likes of Sex Hands and Irma Vep assemble in psychedelic harmony.

Tuesday 22nd sees a whole three rays of sunshine beaming onto Manchester’s streets. First up there’s a Deaf Institute show for the shoegazing melody maker Torres.

If the gentle breeze of finger-picked acoustic ditties is your preferred temperature, then follow the wind’s direction to Tom Brosseau’s show at Castle Hotel.

All the while, a tempestuous frenzy will be building across the road at Gullivers. Body Hound headline a four-band hurricane of an experimental rock line-up.

The pot-stirring rabble rousers Sleaford Mods are in town on Wednesday 23rd. Catch their deluge of verbal diarrhoea at The Ritz.

Blanck Mass, aka one half of surprise Olympic ceremony inclusion Fuck Buttons, provides the sonic energy for an electric storm on Thursday 24th at Deaf Institute, while further out of town towards Rusholme Rebeka’s mellower take on techno offers relative clemency at Antwerp Mansion.

The Epic Rap Battles of History crew are likely to clash with ballistic thunder while throwing barbs likes lightning bolts – all under Ruby Lounge’s roof.

Friday 25th drifts in on the balmy tones of Manchester-born, London-based synth popster Shura, who’ll be playing to an audience at Gorilla.

It’s also the opening weekend for another run of Warehouse Projects, who, amid plenty of venue speculation, eventually settled on the Store Street car park. You’d do well to ensnare a ticket these days, they fly out like beach inches on a British seaside spot during a heatwave.

Sweet Baboo is the type of singer songwriter who could find the break in the clouds with his dulcet lilts. Find that glimmer of hope at Deaf Institute on Saturday 26th.

End the week by getting your aural receptors melted down by Austin, Texas avant-guardian Sun Araw at Soup Kitchen.

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