If there’s a form of transport that’s often pervaded lyrical content, it’s aviation. From BB King’s aviation history to the McCartneys’ backing band, Wings; from the DJ known as Aeroplane to Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Fly Away’. Lyricists everywhere must be rejoicing at news of a Wright Brothers-esque feat of solar-powered soaring that mythological wingman Icarus would undoubtedly warm to. If it’s navigation you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place – our musical compass is primed to point you in the best directions across Manchester’s next seven days. Hopefully we’ll also attract enough sun to keep the engines running.

Tonight, Monday 25th, we’ll elevate you to the airy folk numbers of Laura Gibson, who’ll perform at Soup Kitchen as a break from her studies of fiction in NYC.

A similarly breezy songwriter, Nikki Lane, is due at Castle Hotel on Tuesday 26th for a set of her uplifting country & western ditties.

Aussie jazzmen Hiatus Kaiyote have hit the heights since being taken under the significant production wing of Salaam Remi. On Wednesday 27th they’re in town at the Ritz almost a year on from the release of their sophomore LP.

Or another for the early-week folky balladeering is Hayes Carll‘s wispy wordplay set to clear sky acoustic guitars at Deaf Institute.

A change of tune on Thursday 28th sees Blood Ceremony shooting down the Deaf Institute high-fliers with theatrical prog metal.

More strobing electro-pop than shooting stars, Dan Sartain‘s date at Night & Day Cafe is a second shout; or a third is the Bang Said The Gun poetry night ‘for people who don’t like poetry’ at the Dancehouse. Whether you do or don’t, it’s a stellar bill with Thick Richard, Dave Viney and more.

Alive and kicking through the weekday clouds and full throttle to the weekend, we forecast an evening with either indie folkster Matthew and the Atlas at Deaf Institute; or ethereal shoegazing warblers The Demons of Ruby Mae at Soup Kitchen.

If you suffer from altitude sickness then look away now, because Friday’s club nights are going into the weekend on a high. Norman Jay‘s on the ones and twos at the latest Ruby Lounge Ghetto Child night of funk, soul, disco and house; Kelvin Brown adorns the airwaves at Soup Kitchen; and Antwerp Mansion-based Shak Out spins reggae, grime, jungle, garage and dub all night.

The bank holiday weekend is all about the club nights, so dig out your dancing shoes and take flight through Saturday 30th night at either Ruby Lounge’s Absolute Shite or Scary Monsters‘ tribute to Prince at Pub Zoo.

May opens with Sounds From The Other City, for which we’re running a tickets competition here. Or DJ Format‘s slot at Deaf Institute would be a more streamlined route into bank holiday Monday.

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