Now entering a steady stream of line-up announcements ahead of this summer’s festivals, BBC 6Music have just treated us to a weekend of excellent music from a variety of international acts, many of which (Grandaddy, Haley Bonar, Sinkane, The Lemon Twigs) are now en route to Manchester where enthusiastic crowds await them. Looking ahead to this week in Manchester’s music, they’re the first of many superb acts appearing on our stages. Read on for our picks for the week…

Monday 27th: Sinkane (Soup Kitchen), Itasca (Castle Hotel)

// Genre-blending Sinkane kicks off the week with a set at Soup Kitchen on the back of his sixth album ‘Life & Livin’ It‘ and LA folk outfit Itasca will be on at The Castle Hotel.

Tuesday 28th: Grandaddy (Albert Hall), Temples (Academy 2), Ibibio Sound Machine (Band On The Wall), KYKO (Castle Hotel), The Lemon Twigs (Gorilla)

// Grandaddy return to a Mancunian stage for the first time in five years on Tuesday, at the Albert Hall (read our preview here) as we also welcome back the raucous pysch-rock Temples (followed by a DJ set at Night & Day). Afrobeat adventurers Ibibio Sound Machine are visiting, along with future pop starlet KYKO and budding indie duo The Lemon Twigs.

Wednesday 29th: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains (Soup Kitchen), Haley Bonar (Night & Day)

// Anglo-French quartet Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains are currently touring their fourth album ‘Solide Mirage’, in town alongside brooding singer-songwriter Haley Bonar, in town on the back of last year’s ‘Impossible Dream‘.

Thursday 30th: Samantha Crain (Night & Day), Miles Mosley (Band On The Wall), She Drew The Gun (Deaf Institute)

// American songstress Samantha Crain arrives in Manchester for her show at Night & Day read our preview (here). Elsewhere, the multi-talented Miles Mosley will be treating a crowd at Band On The Wall to energetic jazz and funk, and Merseyside psych-poppers She Drew The Gun add further to their emerging credentials with an evening at Deaf.

Friday 31st: Run The Jewels (Albert Hall), Electric Jug (Night & Day), Blaenavon (Deaf Institute), Jens Lekman (Band On The Wall)

// Hip Hop duo Run The Jewels are in town following news that they’ll be returning to Glastonbury later this year. Fellow Glasto alumni Blaenavon are back on the road following a lengthy summer schedule last year. Scandinavian singer-songwriter Jens Lekman is also back on the circuit touring new album, ‘Life Will See You Now’ and Night & Day will be hosting ’60s/pysch/alt-rock club night Electric Jug.

Saturday 1st: Gypsies Of Bohemia (Deaf Institute), The Stranglers (Apollo), Nathan Fake (Soup Kitchen), Kiss Me Again (Soup Kitchen)

// Post-punk heroes The Stranglers will no doubt be pleasing fans at The Bridgewater Hall for the final date of a classics tour. Jazz-pop covers band Gypsies Of Bohemia bring the party to The Deaf Institute and Nathan Fake is on at Soup Kitchen, followed by LGBT club night Kiss Me Again.

Sunday 2nd: 10cc (Bridgewater Hall), Gregory Alan Isakov (Gorilla), An Evening With DRINKS (Deaf Insitute)

// Following on from The Stranglers, fellow 80s stalwarts and local lads 10cc return to town for a homecoming show at the Bridgewater Hall. An Evening With DRINKS (Tim Presley Of White Fence And Cate Le Bon) try out a new show at Deaf and South African singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov helps end the week at Gorilla.


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

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