The Beatles once sang that ‘You say goodbye and I say hello’, and another seven days of Manchester events sees many of both, with Death Grips reuniting after a brief disbandment and The Sunshine Underground going the opposite way, calling it a day after 16 years, four albums and umpteen visits to Manchester. Whether first time greetings or fond farewells, the city’s live venues once again ensure you’re a part of the conversation. So buckle up for this week’s magical listings tour of Manchester.
Starting, as ever, on Monday 10th, witha glance out of the window you should spy the immutable wall of sound racketeers at Yob pulverising Ruby Lounge’s speakers. They pale Parquet Courts‘ abrasive alt-rock into melodic jives by comparison, but the latter also know how to tear through a sound system’s limits.
Up ahead, Freakwater channel the Jefferson spirit, soaring through the flower powered alt-country-rock skies to land at Eagle Inn on Tuesday 11th. The wheels are also in motion for James Vincent McMorrow, whose funky poptronica moors at Albert Hall, and Man Of Moon, the krautrocky guitaristas pedalling in the slipstream of local cult heroes The Longcut.
Jeremy Loops‘ name is less a description of his music making process than a reminder of his honeyed tones, always chirpy in his Mumford & Sons-esque folk-pop chipper.
As tribute acts go, The Lounge Kittens‘ tongue-in-cheek style is at the acceptable end of the mimicry spectrum, knowingly spoofing the excessive pomp of power ballads, metal and rock. Expect renditions from Alice Cooper to Limp Bizkit at Deaf Institute on Thursday 13th. Fiesta Bombarda’s Manchester Carnival arrives at Gorilla the same night to see Hypnotic Brass Ensemble blow their own trumpets. And turning up the Soup Kitchen amps, it’s Reading-formed slacker rockers Ulrika Spacek.
Lo-fi folk rocker Angel Olsen descends from heaven to greet an audience at Club Academy on Friday 14th, which will be about the same time west coast US indie rockers Crocodiles sink their teeth into Night & Day Cafe.
With Design Manchester 2016 already underway, one of its centrepiece events, the Design City Fair coincides with Manchester Print Fair’s 5th Birthday at London Road. Beating them by a year, it’s also the 6th edition of A Carefully Planned Festival‘s annual Northern Quarter gadabout, this time featuring 162 bands jostling for attention.
If you have a spare 24 hours from Sunday 16th @ 3pm to Monday 17th at the same time, then the Manchester Science Festival spectacle, Equinox, is surely worth a look. Henning Kraggerud tackles the day in four concertos. Or for a shorter show, try the latest edition of the North West Project at Stockport Art Gallery, featuring workshops then live performances by the area’s rising stars.