You’ll be pleased to know that Spring has now officially sprung, and along with it come those uplifting seasonal playlists and warmer, brighter days, safe in the knowledge that an incoming festival season lies just around the corner. From local budding talent to international artists in full bloom, here are our pick of the bunch for the best shows in Manchester this week.

Monday 20th: Elbow (Apollo), Russian Circles (Gorilla)

// Elbow roll up for their third night of four homecoming shows at The Apollo and post-rock trio Russian Circles return to Gorilla, having played a storming set back in 2014 for a sold out crowd.

Tuesday 21st: American Aquarium (Night & Day), Elbow (Apollo), Hurray For The Riff Raff (Deaf Institute), The Garden (Soup Kitchen)

// Alt-country outfit American Aquarium plan to pack out the Night & Day Café (read our preview here), whilst Hurray For The Riff Raff take their twist on modern folk-blues to the Deaf Institute, fresh from playing SXSW. Twin brother proto-punk duo The Garden are sure to put on an excellent show in the Soup Kitchen basement, and Elbow play their final night of a four-night stint at The Apollo.

Wednesday 22nd: Prides (The Ruby Lounge), Wedding (The Castle Hotel)

// Scottish indie duo Prides will brighten up an otherwise quiet Wednesday, though it’s always worth checking in at Night & Day for their local talent showcase.

Thursday 23rd: Doc Brown (Band On The Wall), Circa Waves (Academy), Mad Dog Mcrea (Deaf Institute), All Time Low (Apollo),

// Band On The Wall offer the chance to catch a fusion of stand-up and rap with rapper and comedian Doc Brown. Liverpudlian quartet Circa Waves are back on tour having demonstrated musical growth with their new album Different Creatures. Elsewhere, gypsy jazz/pop/bluegrass outfit Mad Dog Mcrea take The Deaf Institute and emo power poppers All Time Low return to Manchester on a new world tour.

Friday 24th: Broken Witt Rebels (The Ruby Lounge), Ill Nino (Club Academy), Yussef Kamaal (Band On The Wall), Laurence Guy (Soup Kitchen)

// Latin metal heads Ill Nino celebrate the 15th anniversary of their debut release Revolution Revolución with a new tour, and Birmingham blues act Broken Witt Rebels head to The Ruby Lounge. Yussef Kamaal, breathing new life into old jazz, head to Band On The Wall. Laurence Guy, purveryor of quality house music, will be taking care of all your dance needs until 4am at Soup Kitchen.

Saturday 25th: Stiff Little Fingers (The Ritz), The Jesus And Mary Chain (Academy), The Monochrome Set (Gullivers), Wiley (Albert Hall), The Hidden Cameras (Soup Kitchen)

// A couple of big figures return to the stage in the shape of Stiff Little Fingers and The Jesus & Mary Chain, a welcome return for many fans. Canadian musical provocateurs The Hidden Cameras are currently on a short UK tour, stopping off at Soup Kitchen and rapper/producer Wiley will be packing out the Albert Hall following the release of Godfather. Also returning to the stage are reformed new wavers The Monochrome Set, rolling back the years at Gullivers.

Sunday 26th: Tony Allen (Band On The Wall), Tyondai Braxton (Deaf Institute)

// Band On The Wall invites your to catch virtuoso drummer, afrobeat pioneer and human metronome Tony Allen this Sunday following an surge in popularity over recent years. Over at The Deaf Institute you’ll catch American composer/musician and Battles founder Tyondai Braxton along with acoustic ensemble Dawn Of MIDI.


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

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