Last night (or should that be this morning?) the New England Patriots overcame a record deficit to win Superbowl LI, a sporting event growing increasingly popular this side of the Atlantic. Lady Gaga took charge of the prestigious halftime show with a typically meticulous and exuberant display, following in the footsteps of music’s biggest and brightest names. That’s all well and good, but you don’t need a budget of millions to put on a good show, as BagThing’s weekly preview points out with Manchester’s most thrilling events this week…

Monday 6th: Vaults (Deaf Institute), Tom Grennan (Gullivers)

// We kick off with electronica trio Vaults, who touchdown in Manchester to support their new album Caught In Still Life. Over at Gullivers, Bedford singer-songwriter and BBC Sound Of 2017 longlister Tom Grennan treats crowds to his mountainous voice.

Tuesday 7th: High Valley (Deaf Institute), Kate Nash (Gorilla), Big Thief (Soup Kitchen)

// Canadian Country duo High Valley will be capturing contemporary country hearts at the Deaf Institute, and comeback star Kate Nash jets in to Gorilla on a new UK tour. Brooklyn indie rockers Big Thief will be hitting the Soup Kitchen on the back of last year’s acclaimed debut LP, Masterpiece.

Wednesday 8th: Saint Motel (Deaf Institute), Bloc Party (Albert Hall), Roy Wood (Palace Theatre), Hidden Charms (Night & Day Café), Natty (The Ruby Lounge), Turnpike Troubadours (Night & Day Café), Cymbals Eat Guitars (Soup Kitchen)

// Clear your diary for Wednesday evening. Noughties giants Bloc Party return to Manchester for a show at the Albert Hall, indie outfit Saint Motel book a stay at the Deaf Institute, and the ever-eccentric Roy Wood is still bringing in adoring fans at the Palace Theatre. Alternative reggae star Natty is a fair catch over at Soup Kitchen and Turnpike Troubadours will be supplying their ‘small town, big sound’ red dirt country rock at Night & Day. Down in the basement, Cymbals Eat Guitars put their hook-filled indie rock on stage for all at Soup Kitchen. Head to Night & Day to unearth the infectious R&B four-piece Hidden Charms.

Thursday 9th: Andy Shauf (Gullivers), Chelsea Grin (Sound Control), Loyle Carner (Academy 2)

// Gullivers hosts multi-instrumentalist Andy Shauf for an evening of intimate indie rock, touring Europe on the back of his recent LP The Party. Just off Oxford Road, deathcore titans Chelsea Grin appear at Sound Control and budding grime/hip hop artist Loyle Carner is on at Academy 2

Friday 10th: The Sherlocks (Albert Hall), Wilkinson (The Ritz), Julian Cope (Gorilla), These Smiths (The Ruby Lounge), Juicy (Deaf Institute), Club Big (HOME), Underground (Ruby Lounge)

// Sheffield’s double brother four-piece The Sherlocks cross the Pennines to take stage at Albert Hall, their single Was It Really Worth It? is currently gaining airwaves across the country. Drum and bass producer Wilkinson appears at The Ritz on his Hypnotic UK tour and renaissance man Julian Cope has returned to the stage, treating audiences at Gorilla on a new UK tour. Charming men These Smiths strike again at The Ruby Lounge, where waiting on the sidelines is Underground, their new weekly club night. The Deaf Institute’s bi-weekly club night Juicy starts at 11pm, or you could go HOME to take a punt on Club Big, a new weekly night of bar sessions.

Saturday 11th: Cabbage (Gorilla), Menace Beach (Deaf Institute), Ladyhawke (Academy 3), LOVE (Gorilla)

// Be sure to catch indie rock five-piece Menace Beach, stopping off in Manchester in the middle of a UK tour supporting their latest release Lemon Memory. New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke appears at Academy 3 and Manchester’s Cabbage return to play a sold-out show at Gorilla, followed by club night LOVE.

Sunday 12th: Duke Garwood (Deaf Institute), Slaughter And The Dogs (Club Academy)

We’ve reached the end zone, where Manchester’s punk patriots Slaughter And The Dogs return to play Club Academy on a European tour, whilst on the other end of the sonic spectrum, blues multi instrumentalist Duke Garwood appears at the Deaf Institute.


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

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