Saturday 22nd April marks Record Store Day 2017, celebrating the UK’s local independent record shops. Whilst local stores Piccadilly Records and Eastern Bloc will be at the forefront of activities, Soup Kitchen and Gorilla are also hosting a full day of events. Following another successful Fat Out Fest at Islington Mill over the Easter weekend, a fellow local festival is also on the horizon. Read on for the best of the rest in MCR this week…
// Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier returns to Manchester with her Source Ensemble, supporting new solo album Find Me Finding You. Also returning to Manchester (for the first time in six years) are Swedish dream poppers The Radio Dept. for a show at Deaf.
// Pop and soul man Alex Vargas has been making waves with new album Cohere (read our preview here) and will be capturing crowds at Deaf, whilst Plaitum are the first of several acts we’ve been looking forward to seeing at The Castle Hotel.
// French label Brotherhood are taking over Soup Kitchen for a night showcasing their finest acts, including local quartet easy kill. Bristol’s synth pop band mesh are also visiting the city, touring their latest release Skyward.
// Following the sad announcement of the cancellation of Safe As Milk festival, due to be held this weekend, you’ll be glad to hear the Manchester Punk Festival will help fill the void left by the alt-rock weekender. Various venues in Manchester will be taking part, including Sound Control, Gorilla, Zoo, Zombie Shack, Underdog and Retro Bar, from the 20th to 22nd April. Showhawk Duo continue to reinvent acoustic guitar performance with a show at The Ruby Lounge, followed by their weekly club night Underground. Over at The Ritz, Ultimate Power will be spinning all your power ballad favourites. Singer-producer Jamie Isaac finishes a short UK tour with a date at Night & Day.
Local promoters Scruff Of The Neck continue to champion young talent in the city with a show at The Peer Hat, hosting Ist Ist, Crosa Rosa and La Bête Blooms.
// The Soup Kitchen will be hosting ‘the original Manchester Record Store Day all-dayer’ (read more about this year’s releases here) followed by a club night from XDB and Annabel Fraser. Also hosting a day of live music is Gorilla, celebrating Manchester Punk Festival, followed by Twisted Fusion. Riding high on British airwaves, Rag N Bone Man sails into the Academy and budding four-piece Lux Lisbon stop off at Deaf on a short UK tour. Our full preview of what’s on in Manchester for Record Store Day can be found here.
// Winding down the week, local singer-songwriter Sam Craighan drops into Soup Kitchen, whilst something more exotic hits Band On The Wall in the shape of ‘indie mambo’ outfit Orkesta Mendoza. Elsewhere in the city, a new venue comes to life. The Stoller Hall celebrates it’s opening with a weekend of events culminating on Sunday.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.