With the nights slowly starting to draw back in, September beckons and with it a ram-packed musical and cultural calendar across Manchester. We’re on the cusp of some serious stargazing later in the month, with the big names communicating via amps and instruments rather than signalling to snooping telescopes. What these intergalactic sonic explorers will think of our humble Anthropocene land is less relevant than what we as audiences think about them. Stay abreast of developments here at BagThing.co.uk, specifially via the week’s event picks.
A pair of contemporary folk luminaries align in RNCM’s night sky on Wednesday 31st. Jesca Hoop has been orbiting Manchester since relocating from her native California, and recently collided with Sam Beam’s asteroid belt addled with Iron & Wine. Expect renditions from their 2016 duet album, Love Letter For Fire. Elsewhere, terrestrial author, playwright and poet Anna Chilvers is set to sign bright at Castle Hotel for Bad Language the same evening.
The weekend’s festival to watch is Portmeirion’s No6, programming four days of live music, spoken word, theatrics, woodland raves and references to the ornate location’s Prisoner TV series heritage. Keep ’em peeled for representatives of our city’s in the shape of Hey! Manchester’s stage curation; words by Dr John Cooper Clarke, Tim Burgess and Shaun Ryder; and music courtesy of Rochdale’s JP Cooper, Stockport buzz band Blossoms, Manchester-based hot tips like Horsebeach, Cabbage and Man Made; and of course Burnage turncoat Noel Gallagher. Its opening times span 1st to 4th September.
Also bringing in the new month is introspective string stroker M Ward, playing at Gorilla, on Thursday 1st.
Not the first dogs in space, but still reaching audiences from Sound Control to Major Tom, the canine clinicians Dr Dog take a more upbeat and noodly alt-folk twist on tour, launching into Manchester’s stratosphere on Friday 2nd.
It’s a night of many constellations, with reggae veteran Cedric Myton (aka The Congos) playing Band on the Wall and Tim Burgess’s new minimal tech, indie and jazz crossover project with Peter Gordon airing live at Gorilla.
Reform Radio’s Beat The Border Saturday 3rd all-dayer promises “a whole lot of love brought though the sharing of stories, music and art, all raising funds for Refugees locally and internationally”. Head to Salford’s First Chop brewery under the railway arches to sample Oh Bacchanal’s and Dub Smugglers’ disc jockeying prowess.
The same afternoon sees a 4pm matinee show added for Northern star and local lad Liam Frost‘s indie-folk frolics at Deaf Institute. He celebrates a decade since his album, Show Me How The Spectres Dance, probed the charts.
Under the stars once more, it’s another birthday down at Fallow Cafe. Half as many years have passed since Golden Egg blasted off for five years of positive influence on the local hip hop scene. They raise a glass with the help of beat-based wordsmiths Cul De Sac and a midnight open mic cypher competition, before The Natural Curriculum conduct lessons in how to put out a DIY album, The Best Fertilizer is the Gardener’s Shadow.