In the aftermath of Christmas, you may be licking your wounded attempts to hint your way to a pair of tickets to the best shows in Manchester. If this sounds familiar, then why not take the bull by its horns and make it your new year’s resolution to join the fun in 2017.

Fans of inventive cover bands – more specifically, indie-pop warblers from Salford of 1980s origin – will lap up Mexrrissey (Fri 27 Jan). The brass and accordion-led combo’s idea of recreating Morrissey’s hits with their Central American flavas has gained traction around the globe.

When soulful jazz throwbacks St Paul And The Broken Bones (Mon 30 Jan) channel their uplifting gospel through the substantial Ritz soundsystem, there’s a chance to boogie and test the Grade II listed theatre’s spring-loaded dancefloor.

Still lovin’ fun in their 21st year since 1996’s debut studio album, Come Find Yourself, Huey Morgan’s Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Sat 4 Mar) are playing a huge late birthday party show at Albert Hall. Scooby Snacks for all.

Louis Berry’s (Thu 30 Mar) rise and rise up the singer-songwriter ladder sees him return to Sound Control, the scene of his evening slot on the Neighbourhood Festival bill last year. Prior to that, his headlining Castle Hotel show at the start of 2016 set the wheels in motion after impressing at 2015’s Dot To Dot Festival.

The Rifles’ (Fri 12 May) acoustic guitars are being readied for 2017, having downplayed the edgier end of their decade’s worth of indie-pop-rock jams in favour of more polished melodies in August 2016’s double album, Big Life. Gorilla beckons for the Weller-endorsed pseudo-mods.

It’s still a fair while to wait for an Xmas present, but you can look forward to a summertime skank with eclectic antipodean jammers Fat Freddy’s Drop (Fri 2 Jun) at Victoria Warehouse.


Tickets are available for the shows here:

Mexrrissey (Fri 27 Jan)
St Paul And The Broken Bones (Mon 30 Jan)
Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Sat 4 Mar)
Louis Berry (Thu 30 Mar)
The Rifles (Fri 12 May)
Fat Freddy’s Drop (Fri 2 Jun)

Fun Lovin’ Criminals image by Tom Barnes.

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