You might be aware that we recently launched this brand new website design, courtesy of the creative paws of Fris Design and OH Digital. As well as comprehensive listings neatly compiling all the shows you need to know about in the Greater Manchester area, we’re bringing you news, reviews, competitions, interviews and more from across the wide spectrum of regional events. So the below event picks for the week are only a small taster of the BagThing world – take a tour here for more original content and details about our postering, flyer packs, flyering street team and other event marketing opportunities.

This week, given the bank holiday false start, we’re starting on Tuesday 31st, and that means a nod to Robert Forster‘s first gigging visit to the city for eight years. The melodious folky strummer steps up the the Deaf Institute stage. Elsewhere that night, electronic music fans will be sated by either the deep minimal beats of Majid Jordan at Gorilla, or Foxtrott‘s body popping electro at Soup Kitchen.

The new calendar month beckons in a host of gigging options across Manchester and beyond. First up, naturally on Wednesday 1st, six-string tickler Aidan Knight‘s stark yet soothing tones bring life to the everyday via songs at Gullivers.

The schedule really heats up on Thursday 2nd, with Group Therapy Comedy Club’s weekly Edinburgh Fringe warm-up showcases launching at Deaf Institute. This week they have Paul Foot and John Robertson, but glance ahead to pencil in a good chuckle.

Elsewhere on the 2nd, there’s a hip hop homecoming for Mouse Outfit, gritty blues rock jives aplenty fired from Tav Falco‘s electric guitar, a rare Portico Library gig featuring Kiwi songstress Nadia Reid, and flighty synth-pop ambience from MiNNETONKA.

This Is The Kit lead the way on Friday 3rd. Singer Kate Stables’ undulating vocal currents are a surefire winner at Deaf Institute. But our listings are longer than a selfie stick arm, so our snapshot turns the lens towards live instrumental hip hop duo Fingathing, man-machine bluesmonger Bob Log III, and looping Scouse lilter Laura J Martin.

Night owls can either hoot and howl to the funky grooves of You Dig?‘s monthly dancefloor fillers or raise a glass to Mr Scruff‘s 17th anniversary on the ones and twos at Old Granada Studios. He’ll be tag teaming with Francois K – keep ’em peeled for our competition this week to win tickets to the show…

Get your shorts out on Saturday 4th for the annual Envirolution fair on Platt Fields from 1pm. As well as hosting a variety of stalls promoting good causes both near and far, their music and performance programme is always primed for lazing in the sun. Later that night, the heroine of the rolling Rs and ambient sci-fi compositions, Rrose is Selective Hearing’s latest booking at Soup Kitchen.

If Seafret‘s heartwarming ‘Wildfire’ video experimenting with staging romantic encounters is anything to go by, then their Sunday 5th show at Night & Day Cafe will end with punters “bound to each other’s hearts”. At Eagle Inn the same night, the grungy blues of Daddy Long Legs – plus supports of Bobbie Peru and Bones Shake – are more likely to tear any soppy sentiment limb from limb.

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