This northern heatwave may be a cure for the rainy city blues, but our inclination is still towards the cooler climes of cultural venues. Hermits we may be, but after digesting the below Manchester events highlights you’ll seek similar sonic sanctuary from the sun. To paraphrase Damon Albarn, you should cut down on your parklife, mate – get [your ears] some [musical] exercise. For the best of both worlds, there’s the festival of the same name this weekend, but the ticketless needn’t lose hope. Read on…

Whether Nottingham alt-rockers Lacey can tempt you into Sound Control on potentially the hottest day of the year remains to be seen, but the clouds are forming by Tuesday 7th, so paying the same venue a visit for NYC hip hop revivalists EPMD‘s 30th anniversary show is a no-brainer.

Wednesday 8th sees a Hey! Manchester double header, one melodic, the other more avant-garde. The former is Weird Dreams, whose Castle Hotel jibe channels chirpy indie pop; the latter is Thrill Jockey signee Matmos, whose aural adventures throw the kitchen sink at glitchy electronica and tribal drumming.

The heavens are due to open on Thursday 9th with all manner of cultural options pouring down. The Now Wave-endorsed Swede Molly Nilsson brings her dream pop to Gullivers; a Tiger Lounge album launch jam for our recent garage rocker interviewees Proto Idiot; champion breakfasteer DJ Yoda takes his AV vibes to Old Granada Studios; and Group Therapy’s weekly Edinburgh preview programme continues with Nish Kumar‘s incisive quips at Deaf Institute.

Staying with comedy, Bolton comic Sophie Willan begins her two-night residency at The Lowry on Friday 10th, while Soup Kitchen hosts the live funky disco exploits of the Max Graef Band.

The weekend beckons in the latest outdoor Warehouse Project up at Heaton Park, namely Parklife 2016. It may be sold out, but once the big tops are emptied, the circus continues back in the city centre at the numerous Afterlife events. Seth Troxler at Soup Kitchen’s sold out, but last we checked there are still tickets for Ape at Albert Hall and Metropolis at Gorilla.

But there is life outside of the park, with a matinee show for lo-fi surf poppers Horsebeach at Soup Kitchen,a Gullivers headline slot for this week’s interviewees, Federal Charm, and the latest instalment of Night & Day Cafe’s Antics club night, featuring PINS on the ones and twos and a live set for Scouse psychedelian disco bawlers The Tea Street Band.

Both Park-and-Afterlife overflow into Sunday 12th, when Bicep (sold out), Kaluki and Sanction all vie for attention among extended revelry.

Also on Sunday, Philly indie rockers Beach Slang head across to Deaf Institute, for those of you seeking diversification from house and techno DJs. Or simply lie back at the Thirsty Scholar and forget any of this ever happened at the free-entry Neon City Social Club courtesy of electronic groove peddlers, Analogue Trash.

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