In case you missed it on Thursday, the audio puzzlers at Dot To Dot Festival have been busy adding extra brushstrokes to their colourful musical palette. With a warm-up show at Academy 2 in April already sold out, it’s been confirmed that there’ll be another chance to catch US rockers Augustines in their guise as co-headliners alongside Mystery Jets on Friday 27th May. Further down the bill, there’s canvas space for local post-punk buzz band Spring King and many more across a packed day. In the spirit of joining the musical dots, our preview blog’s tenuous theme this week is puzzling and games. Read on for our picks of Manchester’s next seven days.

Showing our cards from the get go, we can see there’s not a huge selection this evening, Monday 21st, so we’re heading straight to Tuesday 22nd without passing Go or collecting our £200. Slow-burning indie-poppers Wet are being kept at Deaf Institute’s pleasure, allowing you the opportunity to bathe in their sepia clad ambience.

The week’s biggy is A-Bound Festival, instigated by Fat Out promotions. Keeping it chronological, they have the local pairing of Dutch Uncles and Bernard & Edith raising eyebrows. If you missed the free tickets for that one then you’ll need to be a strong competitor of hide and seek to track one down.

Thursday 24th’s child has far to go – that’s if they’re going to attempt picking out a destination from these three crackers.

Submotion Orchestra need no introduction to Manchester audiences these days. Their electronic/funk/jazz hybrid seamlessly bleeds into the city’s veins – this time at Gorilla.

The latest Songwriter Sessions at Strangebrew Bar in Chorlton plays snap with Kate Bush’s back catalogue. The likes of The Awful Truth, Aidan Smith and Caoilfhionn Birley are among those matching the many faces of their heroine.

Or you can spot the difference between the Smif N Wessun of their 1993 rise from Brooklyn to the world and their 2016 pairing at Band on the Wall.

Friday 25th beckons in the Easter weekend, and with it a series of worthy time fillers. One for fans of craft brewing is the Blackjack Brewtap, which will be washed down with psychedelic rarities from The Devil’s Jukebox.

Craig Charles’ chips are down on Saturday 26th – he’s backing Jenna & The Gs to deliver a suitably soulful performance at his monthly Band on the Wall slot. Jenna’s been a regular on the Manchester circuit for a little while now and deservedly makes the step-up in stage size.

Art-pop postmodernist Momus brings the curtain down on the week with a show promising to be as eccentrically winding as a game of Snakes and Ladders. That’s at Gullivers on Sunday 27th.

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