Words by Ian Pennington
It won’t have escaped the attentions of fans of 1980s Oedipal sci-fi that this is finally the week when Marty McFly sets the dial for to escape gun-wielding uranium dealers back in 1985. In light of this, you could either take a trip to join the soon-to-be-disappointed throng of anoraks at Hill Valley or stick with us in Manchester for this week’s real life batch of happenings and goings on in the world of events.
Tonight’s cluster of shows throws up a covers band at the opposite end of the mimicry spectrum to Marvin Berry & The Starlighters – which you’d think would make this a very dubious link, but nonetheless still points to Alex G at Night & Day Café.
Tuesday 20th is a little more synchronised. When Acid Mothers Temple sprouted from the leftfield of Japanese psychedelia, Marty McFly may have had to explain to a bemused Enchantment Under the Sea audience that, while they might not be into it, their kids are gonna love it. Now 20 years on, we can see if that holds any truth at Band on the Wall.
Across the Northern Quarter at Soup Kitchen, Storms’ pop-grunge geek chic rock à la Weezer is more George McFly than Marty.
And to Back to the Future Day itself, Wednesday 21st, when a mishmash of gigs are vying for attention like Biff’s cronies. First up, Deaf Institute hosts the Cave In offshoot, Mutoid Man, whose latest LP scored a sweet 7.4 on Pitchfork.
Soup Kitchen’s contribution to the occasion is the jangly Walla Wallan quartet Chastity Belt, whose name certainly didn’t cross Lorraine McFly’s mind that fateful night.
But the one you’ve been waiting for is a screening of Back to the Future II at Gorilla, hosted with all the usual thematic trimmings by the RAD Films team.
Polish prog rockers Riverside will be aiming to provide as much punch in The Ritz as George’s infamous knockout blow, competing on Thursday 22nd with a band on at Sound Control not dissimilar to Marty’s lead guitar soloing, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
You’d need one of the Doc’s DeLoreans to spread your attendance around all of these recommendations for Friday 23rd, so stock up on banana skins and flat beer for your extended night to Stockport buzz band Blossoms at The Ritz; math rockers Battles at Academy 2; local jazz trumpeter Matthew Halsall at Hallé St Peter’s; and Japanese electronic production whizz Daisuke Tanabe at Islington Mill
Saturday 24th sees the multi-MOBO Award nominee Stormzy romp through Gorilla’s soundsystem, producing lightning raps that’d spark the clock tower.
And see out your Sunday 25th with pop house pretenders Real Lies at Soup Kitchen, who’ll take your back to the past.