Hot off the press, this week’s shock revelation concerns the Canal & River Trust’s warning against feeding your bread crusts to the ducks given the seemingly philanthropic gesture’s adverse effects. Such quackery doesn’t present the nicest climate for ducks, to paraphrase Lemon Jelly. Never fear, we’re here with crumbs of comfort in the form of another Manchester music preview blog.

With Ludovico Einaudi‘s shows this week sold out, we’re flying in the direction of Band on the Wall on Monday 14th. Cul De Sac top a bill that features the cream of Manchester’s hip hop and soul in support – Family Ranks, Sangy with Red Eye HiFi and Free Wize Men.

Staying at Band on the Wall for Tuesday 15th, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry makes his umpteenth visit. If you’ve not yet sampled his eccentric reggae then now’s another opportunity.

Diverging into suburban poetry with a 1960s feel, Fuel Cafe’s Beatification takes place on Wednesday 16th, showcasing readings and performance poetry in the pulsing, counter-cultural vein of Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs et al.

Dip your toes into Steven James Adams‘ gently rippling pond of acoustic lilts on Thursday 17th at Salford’s Eagle Inn.

Or prepare for choppier waters at Band on the Wall, where US hip hop politicos Dead Prez wax lyrical at tongue twisting pace.

In what is a huge week for Band on the Wall, they’re then welcoming Japanese hip hop producer DJ Krush to the city on Friday 18th.

Elsewhere that night, you can loaf around with Lamb, whose animalistic ambience comes pre-sliced at the Ritz for your listening pleasure.

Albert Hall hosts the most intriguing event of the week on Saturday 19th. The Video Games Live orchestra will take on their selection of compositions familiar to arcades the world over. It won’t be any old walk in the park.

With tickets for DIIV‘s Sunday 20th show already drowning from demand, the week’s wildcard option is the punk ethic pedalloed by Manchester Roller Derby, whose next bout rolls off at Academy 1 earlier that day, soundtracked by DJs spinning along with the competing wheelers.

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