In the presence of a burgeoning summer festival calendar and departing holiday-makers, the local gigs options is still subdued through August, but those touring and nearby acts who do play can still be the cream of the crop with the right bookers and promoters. This week is no different, with the likes of recent Indie50 award-winning pair Now Wave and Hey! Manchester ensuring the finest are playing on our powerhouse doorsteps.
First up is a combo between the aforementioned Indie50 duo and fellow Manc promo gang, Comfortable On A Tightrope. Their joint pop-picking nous sees Kevin Morby gracing the Deaf Institute boards on Monday 22nd to air his Arcade Fire-alike indie melodies.
Rocking the Soup Kitchen, also tonight, are the hopefully named Suuns, whose Krautrock ripping riffs raid the infamous basement venue – another with Indie50 recognition via in-house booker Simon Catling.
Now Wave and Hey! Manchester are back at Deaf on Tuesday 23rd to host Louisiana-born Brooklynite Julianna Barwick‘s rise and rise in the meditative ambient loops genre.
More gems abound on Thursday 25th, this time a handful of locally-based artists airing their aural output. Acoustic folky-turned-post-rock wunderkind Kiran Leonard is due at Deaf Institute, while The Songwriter Sessions‘ latest bundle of tributary showcases sees an Abattoir Blues Band take on the icon whose song their supergroup coined, Nice Cave; comic lyricist Chris Tavener covering Loudon Wainwright III; and guitarist David Kelly playing Malcolm Holcombe – all at Strangebrew Bar in Chorlton.
The Greater Manchester festival of the bank holiday weekend is Moovin. Located to the east of Stockport in Etherow Country Park, the long weekend sees Beardyman, Goldie, The Mouse Outfit, Honeyfeet and Lee Scratch Perry.
The week’s wildcard goes to Pear Mill’s Ghost Hunt, but you’ll need to keep ’em peeled for returns (from the dead) if you’d like to join, as the tour by Stockport Paranormal Investigators is sold out.
Back in the land of the living, there’s an EP launch for Young Mountains at Gullivers, supported by the likes of O>L>A and Playacting, and Blackjack’s bank holiday brewtap runs from Friday to Sunday with all the best food and booze, while beat-seeking night owls could turn to cosmic disco merchant Francis Inferno Orchestra, who’s at Soup Kitchen to help celebrate Doodle’s 5th birthday.
On Saturday 27th, Stockport’s brutalist post-punks Ist Ist cast light on their recording sessions by releasing ‘Night’s Arm’ to the world via a Soup Kitchen crowd, while hard-up uptempo groovers King Bee are Craig Charles’ guests at this month’s Funk & Soul Club.
Finally, if you’re not seeing out the bank holiday weekend at a festival, then another homebound hotpick is jungle, drum & bass and jazz sound spinner LTJ Bukem, who returns to Band on the Wall to shake the walls down with Mouse Outfit and Swing Ting MC, Fox.