We’re deep into festival territory now, but you can still see your favourite musicians in concrete jungles as well as the fields, as Manchester’s lure for summer events takes hold. In theatre, Greater Manchester Fringe Festival continues apace, with The Lionheart Phantom (Mon 11th-Tue 12th) and Fifteen For Two (Wed 13th) among the week’s dramatics. We also have Manchester Jazz Festival to look forward to just around the corner, and between them they’ll commandeer many of the city’s cultural venues through to the end of July. There are some other shows to explore though, so we’ve neatly rounded them up for you here.
The melodic rootsman Sturgill Simpson pays a visit to Gorilla on Monday 11th, packing his recent cover of Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ among a country and western-tinged set.
Brooklyn-based jazz-techno hybrid Moon Hooch are due to play at Band on the Wall on Tuesday 12th, promising sax-led phrases filled with exclamations to jolt you into life.
Down in the suburbs at Strangebrew on Wednesday 13th, local folkies The Awful Truth once more host a covers night with a twist, with material by Julie Doiron, Simon Joyner and Lou Barlow performed by Elle Mary, Jo Rose and Laurie Hulme, respectively.
We’re going multi-cultural on Thursday 14th, with various arts represented across three Manchester events. Rapidly rhyming slam champion Harry Baker tops the bill at Gullivers for another instalment of Pen:Chant‘s variety show aesthetic. Singer Julie E Gordon and comedy duo Norris & Parker also strut their stuff.
One-line comedy specialist Gary Delaney delivers his incisive wit at Deaf Institute as part of Group Therapy’s Edinburgh preview series, while on a more serious note, Band on the Wall is screening the Malian music documentary They Will Have To Kill Us First, which follows the lives of several musicians native to the African country whose ruling Sharia Law advocates clamped down on the country’s thriving musical output, describing it as Satan’s work.
Channel One Sound System are due to make themselves heard on Friday 15th, filling Hidden with 150 minutes of dub and reggae at the Hit & Run meets RedEye HiFi night. The latter’s band performs live as well, while Sangy and Fox are among the masters of ceremony.
Cue the weekend’s festivals, of which we’ve selected a couple to highlight. Down in a Devon country house-turned-workers’ co-op, leftist spokesperson and thinker Paul Mason is due to talk, discuss and find solutions to the world’s ills with the activists invited by Global Justice Now. Aiming to Take Back Our World, the festival focuses on political campaigns, and also includes musical performances and documentary film screenings through the days and evenings.
Replacing progressive-thinking politics with free-thinking , Beat-Herder‘s welcome return sees Todd Terje and Booka Shade jamming in a field in the Ribble Valley.
Closer to home is the swing blues and bluegrass trio The Devil Makes Three, who’ll take their Santa Cruz hillbilly to Deaf Institute’s upstairs auditorium on Saturday 16th. Earlier that day it’s Whalley Range’s Celebrate Festival. You’ll find its 19th edition at Manley Park from midday to 6pm. The giveaway is in its name, but be ready to expect a joyous afternoon for all the family across a multitude of artistic pursuits.