Reading like an extended ATP Festival line-up and making up for the disappointment of the cancelled Victoria Warehouse two-dayer earlier in 2016, the next six months of gigs in Manchester has ensured fans of bands pounding at the furthest edges of alt-rock, hardcore and post-rock have plenty up ahead.
This weekend sees a huge show at Albert Hall (Sat 22 Oct) headlined by the communally living Swedish psychonauts Goat, who’ll be joined by all manner of psychedelic otherness in the form of Piccadilly Records’ 2014 album champ Jane Weaver, Leeds noiseniks Hookworms and the unremittingly cool record collection of Finders Keepers’ Andy Votel.
The news that Goat tickets have all been snapped up doesn’t leave us empty-handed though. The ATP flame lives on through Nightmare Before Xmas 2009 graduates Fucked Up (Deaf Institute, Wed 26 Oct), whose unapologetically abrasive style lends credence to their moniker, or the more laconic Illinoise of Twin Peaks (Sound Control, Tue 25 Oct). Fellow Chicagoan melody maker Ezra Furman (The Ritz, Thu 27 Oct) is also on hand to strum and drum up a fuss with his trademark glam grooves.
Lighting the blue touch paper on Bonfire Night weekend, Preoccupations (Sun 6 Nov) are set to ignite Gorilla’s sound system with darkly delivered fizzes of their Calgarian post-punk, while fans of ATP stalwarts and past co-curators Dinosaur Jr will have to make do with the waiting list to stand a chance of entry to Albert Hall when they roar into Manchester on Sat 19 Nov.
Our pseudo-ATP curation continues with The Julie Ruin’s Gorilla gig (Sat 4 Dec). Expect the NYC punks to rattle the rafter down with the messages packed into their latest Pitchfork-approved LP, Hit Reset.
Then looking ahead to 2017, Cloud Nothings, who were among those booked for 2014’s ill-fated Jabberwocky Festival, are set to storm the Deaf Institute stage (Sat 18 Mar) – this one’s a better chance to catch the Ohioan fuzz-loving indie rockers.
Goat and Dinosaur Jr may be sold out, but tickets are available for each show below: