At the moment the headlines seem to be shared between referenda and referees, but we’re bucking the trend by diverting your attentions to the week’s Manchester-based events that have caught our eye.
We’re starting this week’s journey at Victoria Baths, a much-loved site which is due to undergo a face-lift by reshuffling its cabinets and. For a night (evening) on the tiles, head to their public consultation this evening, 4-7pm. On the music front, electro-popper Ladyhawke is in town to proselytise and synthesise at Gorilla.
If your ears aren’t ringing by the end of Wednesday 15th then this pair of musos should return any gongs and probably look into changing their names – Russian-born Brooklynite electronic glitcher Olga Bell at Eagle Inn and pastoral folkies Trembling Bells at Deaf Institute.
The goalposts are moved into comedy and poetry for part of Thursday 16th, beginning with week’s Edinburgh preview show at Deaf Institute. The Group Therapy laughing stock is the hapless Londoner Carl Donnelly, while Bang Said The Gun‘s regular rhymers of Thick Richard, Dave Viney and Mike Garry are joined at the Dancehouse by Robert Garnham and Pico The Sponge.
Wild Nothing‘s melodic indie made a welcome return to record with February’s Life of Pause, so this Thursday’s appearance in the flesh at Band on the Wall is equally dream pop-tastic.
On the topic of long overdue returns from the wilderness, The Longcut‘s Ruby Lounge jive on Friday 17th celebrates a whole decade since their Call And Response debut LP warmed the ear lobes of revellers in Manchester and beyond. At the other end of their lifespan that night is a recently-formed Manchester super group, The Breath. Led by the inimitable vocal chords of Honeyfeet’s Rioghnach Connolly, it’s essentially Cinematic Orchestra’s engine room – drummer Luke Flowers, pianist John Ellis and Stuart McCallum on guitar – all at Band on the Wall. Elsewhere, Kavinsky-styled wholesome synths take root at Night & Day Cafe with Avec Sans, whose semi-Mancunian duo are a missing addition to Ryan Gosling’s Drive playlist.
Head into extra time with two late-night golden goals – Ultimate Power and Space Cassette. The former promises to be the night of your life, filling The Ritz with power ballads galore; the latter goes all psy-dance courtesy of Monster Zoku Onsomb and Henge.
Into the weekend, Saturday 18th’s early kick offs are at Old Granada Studios for Manchester Beer Week’s Big Buzzin’ Party and a series of Don’t Flop rap battle match-ups at Sound Control, while a trip down to Macclesfield plants you in the midst of Barnaby Festival, which features everyone from Owen Jones to Brian Cox, and musically on Saturday there’s a pay-what-you-like all-dayer featuring Glass Ankle, Louis Barabbas, Jo Rose, Hot Vestry and more.
The diplomatic choice in the evening is between Merz, who’ll burn through your retinas with ballistic sonic force at the Eagle Inn; Braids, who’ll take a more melodic electronic turn at Soup Kitchen; and a genuine soul legend, Candi Staton, who RSVPed positively to Craig Charles’ invitation to perform at Old Granada Studios.
Close out the week with a Bad Language host, Fat Roland, whose Edinburgh Fringe poetry set will be aired at Gullivers before heading north of the border.