Words by Ian Pennington

It will come as no surprise to most that the commercial behemoth of Glastonbury has shifted all its umpteen thousand tickets in well under an hour today. But never fear, gig goers, because we have an autumn’s worth of Manchester gig listings to envy, meaning you can catch a hearty chunk of the Worthy Farm mega disco without trekking all that way down south. Place your bets on which of the following will be lining up in Somerset next summer.

Monday night sees two with the sheen of festive good vibes. One of which is veterans of seven Glastos, including this year’s, Super Furry Animals. They’re on at Academy 1, supported by self-nominated leftist spokesperson Charlotte Church and radio archives digger Public Service Broadcasting.

A shoe-in for the world music stage is a duo traversing their Anglo-French language barrier, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate. Rather than learning each other’s mother tongue, they converse through music – a feat you can see at Deaf Institute.

Up ‘til now more likely to make you flashier on the roads than fill your ears in a field, the week’s outsider on the Eavis’s list has to be rap stalwart Xzibit, who pops into Gorilla on Tuesday 6th.

Winchester folky Rozi Plain might be a safer bet though. The ticketless festival F5-ers can listen to her live set at the Eagle Inn the same night.

The opportunity the see alt-rockers Low at Manchester Cathedral must upstage even the Pyramid? Wednesday 7th offers you a chance to test half of that claim.

For a chirpier route to choruses, head to Gullivers to catch a solo outing for Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci frontman Euros Childs, whose Glasto experience includes the 2007 edition.

From chirpy to grizzly on Thursday 8th, Soup Kitchen opens its doors to Italian drone metal warlocks Ufomammut, who’ll probably slam them back shut while cementing their walls of fortissimo. Glasto chances unknown.

Equally obstreperous but in the realm of math rock, there’s a show for Le Mans duo Quadrupède at Eagle Inn the same evening.

There’s wealth of choices on Friday 9th even fuller than the Glasto vaults, but I’m picking out one at Islington Mill – serial no-show and former West Brom footballer Actress. His days of entertaining fans in a field are probably over, so don’t hold for breath for a Glasto set.

Saturday 10th sees quintessential English eccentric William D Drake wouldn’t be out of place among the psychedelics addled revellers of Worthy Farm, and his cult former band Cardiacs have this on their CV. For this one though, his band will squeeze into the Eagle Inn’s back room.

Last year, the London songwriter Kwabs’ rise to fame included a slot rubbing shoulders with the big names at Glasto. His Academy 2 show on Sunday 11th sees him free to flex his lyrical muscle.

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