Manchester will soon be a sea of green as another St. Patrick’s Day approaches this Friday; a date that sits side by side with live music as well as large amounts of alcohol. We’ve already seen the Manchester Irish Festival‘s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade pass through through town, as venues across the city prepare their finest Irish gimmicks to celebrate. Guinness in hand or not, we have an abundance of events worth celebrating in Manchester this week.
// Indie pop quartet and BBC Introducing favourites High Tyde make the journey up from Brighton to appear at the Deaf Institute. Metal outfit Devin Townsend Project will also help kick off the week at the Academy, Devin himself now seven albums deep under current moniker.
// Keeping with metal, French experts Gojira pick up where Townsend left off at the Academy. Producer, keyboardist and all-round audiophile Amp Fiddler takes over Band On The Wall and promising black metal act Humm play Gullivers.
// A quiet Thursday, but Moon Duo will be making more than enough noise for us all over at Band On The Wall, supporting their latest release Occult Architecture Vol. 1. Soup Kitchen host budding indie rock acts Sly Antics, Peur and Sylvette for the evening.
// The promising Ten Fé have just released their debut album Hit The Light, and stop off at Soup Kitchen in the middle of their current tour. Stick around afterwards for club night Radial & Bleaching Agent. Catch The Distractions over at Gullivers and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes at Academy 2. You’ll find more than a feeling over at the Ritz, for Ultimate Power’s monthly celebration of all things power ballad.
// Manchester’s own Elbow kick off four days of homecoming shows at the Apollo following the release of Little Fictions last month. Two storming indie outfits in the form of psychedelic dance outfit Jagwar Ma and the post-punk Cloud Nothings are in town. Glass Animals take the Albert Hall, and Ian Prowse & the six-piece Amsterdam band play The Ruby Lounge, celebrating a 25th anniversary of Ian’s debut Fireworks, 25 years ago.
// Legendary singer-songwriter Elvis Costello steps onto the Bridgewater Hall stage on a new tour, as Elbow take a second night at the Apollo. Up and coming Little Comets finish off their latest tour at the Club Academy and Seun Kuti stops at Band On The Wall with the current line-up of afrobeat pioneers Egypt 80.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.