As the frosty mornings and biting dusky chills kick in, now is the time to huddle closer like musical penguins. Whether in reverie or rave, we have a rundown of the best across clubs and live shows. Hibernate with us in the comfort of Manchester’s cultural highlights this week.
Monday 5th: Nicolas Jaar (Old Granada Studios)
// Subtle grooves supplied by the prodigious NYC-based beatmaker.
Tuesday 6th: Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys (Band on the Wall) // A Francis Lung Xmas Party (Soup Kitchen)
// The Faithless singer-in-chief tours his new project as a live jazz and blues band, while former Wu Lyfer Francis Lung causes an indie rock stir at his annual Xmas bash.
Wednesday 7th: Kate Tempest (The Ritz) // Shunya (The Whiskey Jar)
// Poet-cum-rapper Kate Tempest plays her biggest Manchester show to date – contradict her advice by falling into her passionate social critiques at The Ritz. In smaller surrounds, multi-instrumental electro-acoustic crossover artist Shunya launches his new EP, Mountain Gazer, in the Northern Quarter.
Thursday 8th: Talib Kweli (Band on the Wall) // Pen:Chant ft Laurie Bolger & Bethlehem Casuals (Gullivers) // Marissa Nadler (Night & Day Cafe)
// More political raps by the outspoken social commentator Kweli, who’s joined by 2009 Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle in support. The homelier yet incisive lyrics of London laureate Laurie Bolger will balance smoothly with local jazzy funksters Bethlehem Casuals, both on board the good ship Pen:Chant’s final cabaret voyage of 2016. A third pick on a bounteous evening for entertainment is Marissa Nadler, whose latest album scored a seismic 90% on The Quietus.
Friday 9th: Shura (Academy 2) // I, Daniel Blake (Moston Small Cinema) // Enchantment Under The Sea Disco (HOME MCR)
// Now Wave’s musical compass points to Shura this week. There are also a pair of free events of contrasting cinematic tones: Up in the Northern suburbs, the Momentum group are hosting a screening of the social realist drama by Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake; HOME follow a screening of Freudian time travel escapade Back to the Future with a themed jive.
Saturday 10th: Coco Mbassi & Amani (Band on the Wall) // So Flute ft Sadar Bahar (Band on the Wall)
// Band on the Wall have made it easy to stick around for a live/jive double-header, as Cameroonian songstress Coco Mbassi performs ahead of So Flute’s regular club night with special guest groove merchant Sadar Bahar.
Sunday 11th: The Comet Is Coming (Band on the Wall) // Elephant Stone (Soup Kitchen)
// Galactic psychedelia in two of its forms: TCIC’s sax-led jazz electronica hybrid won hearts on the Mercury panel, while Elephant Stone are more closely aligned with the ambienteering of Air and latter-era Beatles.