If you didn’t take your chance to prise open the rusty old barby this weekend, then there might be a day or two this week to catch the rays while posing with your tongs in front of burning flesh. Speaking of which, we’re back for more of Greater Manchester’s event news in the form of a bite-sized preview of this week’s prime cuts.
Tonight, Monday 18th, the Manchester Film Co-op (in collaboration with Greater Manchester Housing Action) are screening a documentary touching on a subject crucial to being able to host a BBQ – housing and generation rent. Called Mietrebellen (Rent Rebels), it focuses of Berlin and is followed by a discussion, taking place at the Partisan Collective’s new hangout on Mount Street.
Tuesday 19th sees a barnstorming bluegrass buffet with all the trimmings at Ruby Lounge, as The Hillbenders take on The Who’s rock opera, Tommy. Across town that night, a funnion who is always one to fan the flames, Harriet Dyer, is gorging on The Delightful Sausage in the form of Castle Hotel’s periodical choice cuts of alternative comedy.
Our Wednesday 20th pick is Sun Kil Moon at RNCM, a band whose singer and ringleader-in-chief, Mark Kozelek, is surely a shoo-in for everyone’s fantasy BBQ party invitation list.
The busiest night of the week is Thursday 21st, when four succulent sizzlers are served up. Alexis Taylor‘s solo set is the antithesis of his Hot Chip origins, but a curious insight into his musical mind nonetheless. He takes his scaled-down project to the Anthony Burgess Foundation. A more uptempo dish of Dutch funky jazz awaits at Band on the Wall, as Jungle By Night let sparks fly. KEV/LL‘s stay at the Castle Hotel will be the band’s first live outing, one that will unlikely disguise their similarities to MONEY. The final shrimp on this barby is Brendon Burns‘ Edinburgh preview show. The brash Aussie is joined by Canadian comic John Hastings at Deaf Institute.
The weekend’s big festival is Bluedot, from Friday 22th to Sunday 24th at Jodrell Bank’s Lovell telescope. Given its location (and a factor in selecting these surrounds) is the tie-in with Manchester’s Science in the City Festival, which launches the same day. We’ve rounded up the key event to explore further here. On the musical front, Bluedot is crammed with the finest ambient adventurers in sound, from veterans like Jean-Michel Jarre and Underworld, to relative spring chickens like Caribour and Lonelady. Oldham’s answer to Stephen Hawking, Prof Brian Cox, will also be on hand to offer his pearls of wisdom, rattling the bars of the Infinite Monkey Cage set.
North Wales hosts another festival option in the shape of Audio Farm‘s annual gad about with a gazebo full of Manchester’s psychedelic wizards – Age of Glass, Marc Constantine and Danny Drive Thru among them.
Closer to home, there’s a crucial supplement to any garden barby, Beer & Blues Weekend at Band on the Wall. Across three sessions from Friday night to Saturday night, a meaty platter of the genre’s award-winners help your ales down.
The Amazing Snakeheads’ Dale Barclay has chosen Sunday 24th to crash the Soup Kitchen party with his inimitable disorientation.