Independent Venue Week is back for a fourth consecutive year, offering appreciation and celebration of the UK’s small music venues and the people who run them. Scattered across the country, our independent venues are the backbone of local music scenes and provide important first stepping stones for the careers of budding artists. This week, we’re focussing on the best shows at our very own local independent venues. Festival season still feels like an eternity away, so we’re also highlighting one all dayer to keep you ticking over until then…

Monday 23rd: The Hotelier (Gorilla), The Cass McCombs Band (The Deaf Institute), The Rural Alberta Advantage (Gullivers)

// Kickstarting the week, emo revivalists The Hotelier drop off in Manchester on their latest European tour. The Massachusetts trio are more than just a revivalist routine, now six releases-deep into a celebrated career. Elsewhere, the genre-blending Cass McCombs and his band will be visiting The Deaf Institute and Canadian rock trio The Rural Alberta Advantage appear at Gullivers, providing songs on hometowns and heartbreak.

Tuesday 24th: Half Waif (The Castle Hotel), Dream Wife (Night & Day)

// Brooklyn’s Nandi Rose Plunkett brings her synth-pop project Half Waif to the Castle Hotel on Tuesday evening. With the addition of bandmates Zack Levine and Adan Carlo, their current dates are nicely sandwiched between last year’s LP Probable Depths and their latest EP form/a, released February 24th, via Cascine. Elsewhere, artists and musicians Dream Wife take the stage at Night & Day on their current UK tour.

Wednesday 25th: Manchester Showcase & Euphony (Soup Kitchen)

// Wednesday belongs to Soup Kitchen. The evening kicks off with NBTM’s Manchester Showcase, putting some of the best upcoming artists in Manchester on the stage for us all to see/hear. On top of that, Euphony kick off a 10-week residency with Anthony Naples at 11pm. Running every Wednesday until 3am, Euphony will be providing your much needed week-day dance needs.

Thursday 26th: Riot Jazz Brass Band (Band On The Wall), David O’Doherty (Albert Hall)

// Manchester’s very own Riot Jazz Brass Band begin the first of two nights at Band On The Wall this Thursday. The nine-piece brass band are performing two special shows to record a live album to be released in Spring 2017. Down the road, comedian and self-described “failed jazz musician” David O’Doherty will be performing at the Albert Hall

Friday 27th: Trentemøller (Gorilla), Chatham County Line (The Deaf Institute), Evil Scarecrow (The Ruby Lounge), Brent Cobb (Castle Hotel)

// If you’re not catching Riot Jazz Brass Band’s second helping at Band On The Wall, there’s much to see elsewhere, as Danish producer and multi-instrumentalist Trentemøller brings his pioneering wizardly to Gorilla on the back of last year’s Fixion. Elsewhere, heavy metal outfit Evil Scarecrow take the stage at The Ruby Lounge and alt/country singer-songwriter Brent Cobb will be playing at the Castle Hotel. Staying on the country spectrum, American bluegrass quartet Chatham County Line appear at The Deaf Institute, three dates in to their European tour.

Saturday 28th: Stay Fresh Fest II (The Deaf Institute), Rammlied (The Ruby Lounge), Demdike Stare (Soup Kitchen)

// Stay Fresh Fest is back! The Skinny and Trof have joined forces to host a full day of the North West’s best and loudest underground acts. Feeling lucky? Enter our excellent competition offering you the chance of being there on the day. Rammstein tribute act Rammlied will be offering their finest impersonation of the Berlin industrial metal legends at the Ruby Lounge, followed by the weekly Dog House club night until 6am. Fresh off the back of their new LP Wonderland, the Demdike Stare duo will be DJing in the Soup Kitchen basement all night.

Sunday 29th: Predator 30th Anniversary Screening (Gorilla), Tim Peaks Diner + IVW with Horsebeach, Documenta and Yucatan (Soup Kitchen), Magnus Ostrom (Band On The Wall)

// Independent Venues Week and Tim Peaks Diner will be presenting Horsebeach with guests Documenta and Yucatan for an evening of indie pop and rock Sunday pleasantness. Elsewhere, Swedish drummer Magnus Ostrom will be stopping off at Band On The Wall and Arnie’s 1987 blockbuster Predator is given a screening at Gorilla.


A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

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