It’s awards season, and this week is dominated with the glitz, glamour and gaffes of the 89th Academy Awards. Closer to home, we saw David Bowie awarded two posthumous trophies at last week’s BRITs for British album of the year and British male solo artist. Unfortunately we don’t have our own ceremony to award the best live acts stopping at our venues this week, but we can certainly offer some solid nominations. From best newcomers to global successes, we’re looking ahead to the best music in Manchester this week.

Monday 27th: Apocalyptica Plays ‘Metallica By Four Cellos’ (Bridgewater Hall)

// Finnish cello quartet Apocalyptica add noise to an otherwise quite Monday, as their classical covers of thrash metal heroes Metallica fill the Bridgewater Hall.

Tuesday 28th: Kreator (Academy), Youngr (Deaf Institute), Coquin Migale (Gullivers), Fenech Soler (Gorilla)

// Staying with thrash metal, German specialists Kreator play the Academy on a tour of Europe and the US. Manchester-based Dario Darnell – AKA Youngr – takes his one-man-band approach to electronic music to the Deaf Institute, whilst Newcastle’s BBC Introducing… favourites Coquin Migale are continuing on from a successful 2016 with a new UK tour. Electropop duo Fenech Soler arrive at Gorilla supporting the release of their third album Zilla.

Wednesday 1st: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation (Soup Kitchen), Drive-By Truckers (The Ritz), Vant (Gorilla), Clock Opera (Night & Day)

// The brilliantly psychedelic Josefin Öhrn will be performing at Soup Kitchen with The Liberation (read our preview here) and country rock veterans Drive-By Truckers arrive back in Manchester at The Ritz. Two promising indie acts in the form of Vant and Clock Opera are also back on Manchester’s circuit.

Thursday 2nd: Blue October (The Ritz), Bonobo (Apollo), De La Soul (Albert Hall), Nat Birchall Quintet (Band On The Wall), Novella (Gullivers) Sublive with Native Dancer, Plume & Yadava (Soup Kitchen) Daphni – All Night Long (Soup Kitchen)

// Houston alt-rockers Blue October drop in at The Ritz, Hip hop legends De La Soul are in town for a special show at the Albert Hall, and producer/DJ Bonobo is taking stage at Apollo. Jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall brings his quintet back to the stage. London-based quintet Novella follow up on the their debut LP ‘Land’ with new release ‘Change of State’. Soup Kitchen will be catering for your entire Thursday evening, starting with a Sublive set from Native Dancer, ending with All Night Long DJ set from Daphni.

Friday 3rd: Kehlani (The Ritz), The Answer (Band On The Wall), Kaiser Chiefs (Arena), Thurston Moore & Radieux Radio: ‘Watch The Sky’ (Islington Mill), Henge (The Ruby Lounge)

// Thurston Moore’s short residency at the Islington Mill culminates in a performance with local collborators, and noughties pop rock idols Kaiser Chiefs are back at the Arena. Budding RnB singer-songwriter Kehlani plays The O2 Ritz, whilst Irish blue-rockers The Answer stop off at Band On The Wall. Elsewhere, Manchester’s very own Henge bring a touch of the cosmos to the Ruby Lounge.

Saturday 4th: Lucy Spraggan (The Ritz), Meilyr Jones (The Ruby Lounge), Fun Lovin’ Criminals (Albert Hall), Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal (Band On The Wall), Reboot Social (Night & Day Cafe)

// New York cross-genre trio Fun Loving’ Criminals are as popular as ever at the Albert Hall, as is Mr Scruff for his monthly night at Band On The Wall. Lucy Spraggan brings folk pop to The Ritz and 2016 Welsh Music Prize award winner Meilyr Jones is on at the Ruby Lounge. Reboot Social returns for a night of all things house, disco, funk and soul until 4am at Night & Day.

Sunday 5th: The Orwells (Gorilla), The xx (Apollo), Neil Cowley Trio (Band On The Wall)

// Last year The xx cemented their status as one of the UK’s best indie acts with their third album I See You. Their impressive international live support for the LP continues this year, currently in the UK before heading to South America. Also supporting a new release are The Orwells, storming stages all over the UK after the release of Terrible Human Beings. Over at Band On The Wall, UK jazz pianist Neil Cowley and his trio offer a laid back and low-lit end to the week.


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

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