In music, one word (and subject matter in general) dominates the popular record: love. It’s all you need, you’re all out of it but you can’t buy it, you can’t live without it, it’s like this, it’s like that – the list goes on. Whether you’re looking forward to Valentine’s Day with solitary boredom or romantic fervour, a holiday based on love is always going to go hand in hand with music. Love isn’t the only thing in the air this week as we look ahead to the vibrations and sound waves emitting from the Manchester’s finest venues.

Monday 13th: Sløtface (Castle Hotel), Nadia Reid (Deaf Institute), The Naked And Famous (Academy 2), Patch And The Giant (Castle Hotel)

// Norway’s Sløtface will begin the first of two days of Nordic acts appearing in Manchester, supported by our finest local bands. Two New Zealand outfits in the shape of songstress Nadia Reid and indie five-piece The Naked And Famous arrive in town, while elsewhere London’s indie-folk Patch & The Giant step in to The Castle Hotel.

Tuesday 14th: Sigala (The Ritz), Anthrax (Academy 1), Tegan & Sara (Albert Hall), Fufanu (Gullivers)

// While we know may be busy with that special someone on Tuesday, you won’t want to miss out on one of the superb shows on offer. Calgary twin sisters and all round indie pop stars Tegan & Sara stop off at the Albert Hall on a new UK tour, and Iceland’s most exciting young band Fufanu appear at Gullivers. Thrash metal legends Anthrax offer a rare show at the Academy, and British DJ Sigala kicks off a new UK tour at the O2 Ritz.

Wednesday 15th: Taking Back Sunday (The Ritz), Trivium (Academy 1), Ulrich Schnauss (Deaf Institute)

// Staying at the Ritz, New York’s Taking Back Sunday appear on Wednesday on a new tour supporting their latest album Tidal Wave. Staff over at the Academy may have just finished cleaning up after Anthrax in time for fellow thrash outfit Trivium to take the stage. Those with a more ambient leaning can head to the Deaf Institute for Germany’s Ulrich Schnauss, who will be treating crowds to his layered electronic soundscapes.

Thursday 16th: Richard Gadd (Gorilla), Sundara Karma (Albert Hall), Firewind (Academy 3)

// Scottish comedian Richard Gadd is in town with his show Monkey See Monkey Do (appropriately, at Gorilla) and if you didn’t catch Sundara Karma perform an intimate show over at HMV last month, they’re back in town to fill the Albert Hall. Greek power metal outfit Firewind will also be filling up Academy 3.

Friday 17th: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express (Deaf Institute), Deaf Havana (The Ritz), Art Battle Manchester IX (Gorilla), Alpines (Soup Kitchen), Pete Macleod & Band (Night & Day), Erol Alkan (Deaf Institute)

// Chuck Prophet stops off at the Deaf Insistute in the middle of a European tour, followed by a night of music from Phantasy founder Erol Alkan. Scottish singer-songwriter Pete Macleod will be treating crowds to his intricate, thoughtful brand of rock at Night & Day. South London synth duo Alpines stop off at the Soup Kitchen basement and alt-rock five-piece Deaf Havana appear at the Ritz. Away from music, head to Gorilla to see “10 artists create a masterpiece in only 30 minutes” with Art Battle Manchester.

Saturday 18th: Elrow – Bollywood (Albert Hall), Prose (Ruby Lounge), The Chesterf!elds (Gullivers), Betty Harris (Band On The Wall), Touche Amore (Sound Control), Yiannis Aggelakas & 100°C (Gorilla)

// This Saturday brings with it a pretty eclectic roster of talent. Elrow returns to Manchester with a weekend takeover of The Albert Hall for all things Bollywood. Elsewhere, Gullivers hosts cult indie pop outfit The Chesterf!elds and local alternative trio Prose appear at Sound Control. Soul legend Betty Harris at Band On The Wall, Greek singer and poet Yiannis Aggelakas explodes onto Gorilla’s stage, screamo outfit Touche Amore at Sound Control

Sunday 19th: Elisa (Deaf Institute), Elrow – Bollywood (Albert Hall), Pet Shop Boys (Arena), Greater Manchester Music Hub (Band On The Wall)

// Elrow polish off their two days at the Albert Hall (be warned that you’ll be picking the confetti out of your hair for the next week) and synth pop legends Pet Shop Boys will be at the Manchester Arena. The Greater Manchester Music Hub will be showcasing nine of our best local acts and Italian singer Elisa will be setting hearts aflutter and on fire in equal measure at the Deaf Institute.

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

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