With another week comes another slew of Brexit headlines following the triggering of Article 50. Talk is now moving towards what leaving the EU would mean for the music industry, with questions thrown up on EU funding for venues and visa issues for the British touring artists of tomorrow. Until these questions find answers, rest assured that the touring circuit keeps moving like the slick, well oiled machine it is and brings around another selection of excellent acts visiting Manchester this week. Here are our pick of the bunch…

Monday 3rd: Frances (Gorilla), Dan Owen (Castle Hotel)

// The start of the week sees a visit from two aspiring vocalists in the form of Frances and Dan Owen.

Tuesday 4th: Tory Lanez (Academy), BC Camplight (St. Michael’s)

// Songsmith BC Camplight will be kicking off a solo piano tour at St. Michael’s, Manchester now being his adopted hometown. Canadian hip hop artist Tory Lanez will be packing out the Academy this Tuesday following the success of last year’s debut ‘I Told You’. Over at Night & Day Café you can catch the best new local talent.

Wednesday 5th: The Who (Manchester Arena), Untamed (Rebellion)

// Rock legends The Who are heading to the Arena for a new acoustic presentation of Pete Townshend’s Rock Opera Tommy. Rebellion invites you to catch a night of live rock and metal over at Untamed.

Thursday 6th: Pulled Apart By Horses (Sound Control), LEANiN’ MCR: Lychee (Night & Day), The Amazons (Deaf Institute), Jesca Hoop (Gorilla)

// Raucous rockers Pulled Apart By Horses make the trip over the Pennines to Sound Control, or perhaps travel a little further up Oxford Road to find Reading quartet The Amazons. Local outfit Lychee will be taking over Night & Day for a high octane stage show fusing funk, hip hop, soul and dub. The California-born, Manchester-dwelling Jesca Hoop performs at Gorilla on the back of excellent reviews for Memories Are Now.

Friday 7th: Stormzy (Academy), King No One (Deaf Institute), The Wytches (Sound Control), Club Underground (The Ruby Lounge), Holly Macve, (Sacred Trinity Church)

// Grime star Stormzy is riding high on the success of ‘Big For Your Boots’, and having announced he’ll be performing at Glastonbury later this summer, he’ll be on top form at the Academy. The Wytches are on their last UK “for a while” including a date at Sound Control, and York’s pop-rockers King No One play a sold out show at Deaf. With a ticket to any gig in town you’ll find free entry over at The Ruby Lounge for Club Underground.

Saturday 8th: Glass Caves (Gorilla), Antics The xx Spezial (Night & Day), Taake (The Ruby Lounge)

// Professional buskers/alt-rock quartet Glass Caves play with full band at Gorilla, followed by club night Covert until 4am. Norwegian black metal band Taake take over The Ruby Lounge. Night & Day will be hosting another Antics club night for all you xx fans.

Sunday 9th: Soulwax (The Ritz), Alejandro Escovedo (Deaf Institute), Rad Screenings: Class Of 1987 Special (Gorilla)

// Rounding off the week will be alt-rock/electronica outfit Soulwax, along with Mexican singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo hoping to help end the week on a high at Deaf. Film fans can get a fix of four ’80s classics over at Gorilla, including Mel Gibson’s magnum opus Lethal Weapon.


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

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