Festival season is upon us and although the sheer volume of local venue shows decreases, it doesn’t stop a fine selection of shows being arranged for your enjoyment. From touring bands to festival warm-ups to locals airing new or old material, there’s plenty to head out of the house for this month.

The Trof-run venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla remain firmly open, with regular club nights, such as Girls On Film every Saturday, and gigs, such as Honeyfeet, Group Therapy’s Edinburgh warm-ups and the RAD Screenings red cup triple-bill. Night & Day Cafe are also keeping the amps plugged in, with headlining slots for Lake Komo and Psyblings supplemented by a variety of their infamous local showcases.

DHP look forward to the likes of Ty Segall and BJ Barham over the the coming weeks, while Hey! Manchester’s summer programme includes Michele Stodart’s album launch and shows for Little Scream and Withered Hand.

We’re certainly not forgetting the festivals. Solfest invites everyone – meaning “punks, ravers, grannies and toddlers” – to share in their diverse feelgood vibes. Manchester’s Mouse Outfit, Riot Jazz and Buffalo Brothers are among the headliners, with Jenna & The Gs, Age of Glass, Henge, Red Eye HiFi and plenty more on the bill for the weekend of 26-28 August.

Global Justice’s second annual Take Back Our World Festival (15-17 July) down in North Devon focuses less on music and more on political debate, campaigning and activism. We wrote more about it here.


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