Easter weekend approaches with a ram-packed week full of gigs and cultural events to unwrap. Looking ahead to warmer and brighter evenings, this Friday sees the return of Fat Out Fest at the much-loved Islington Mill, having recently won a lengthy licensing battle. Along with Fat Out’s three days of international and innovative highlights, here are our picks on what to look out for around Manchester in anticipation of a four-day weekend.
// Helping kick off the week are alt-blues/rock quartet Palace and Tony Njoku, taking his blend of glitchy electronica and soulful vocals to Gullivers. Tusk are also holding their weekly open mic night, whether you’re a performer or listener.
// Queer punk duo PWR BTTM return to Manchester for what will no doubt be a raucous and high octane affair, while indie alt-rockers British Sea Power are packing out The Ritz following the release of Let the Dancers Inherit the Party. Local songstress Phoebe Green will be at Gullivers and fans of Blaenavon may be interested in heading to Fopp where the indie outfit will be dropping in for a performance and album signing.
// French singer Mélanie Pain returns to Manchester with a date at The Ruby Lounge and those with a pop leaning can head to The Ritz to catch indie dream pop star Duo Lipa. Tame Impala bassist Cameron Avery takes his solo spin-off work on a short UK tour, stopping off at The Deaf Institute. Possessing a background in heavy rock and an leaning towards electronica, Glaswegian alt-rock quartet North Atlas appear at Night & Day.
// Eglo Records are celebrating their 8th birthday with three dates across the UK in London, Birmingham and Manchester, at Soup Kitchen. UK/US/Swedish five-piece Over Atlantic offer a rare show at Sound Control (the crowd-funded band raise funds to fly their members from across the world to play). Also flying in are Poland’s Paperhead, bringing net-psych pop to the Night & Day. Charlotte Church brings her weird and wonderful Late Night Pop Dungeon to Gorilla for a night of eclectic covers.
// Friday sees the start of Fat Out Fest 2017 (read one of our previews here) and three days of independent art and music at Islington Mill, with an array of international acts. Join Weyes Blood and Drugdealer at Soup Kitchen or perhaps head to the Night & Day Café for their weekly talent showcase, followed by club night Let’s Make This Precious celebrating with a bank holiday special. The Ritz will be hosting club night tour Dancehall Vs. Soca with a vibrant night of bass and Caribbean dancehall.
// Fat Out Fest continues at Islington Mill, with more information on acts available here. Seven-piece psych supergroup Church Of The Cosmic Skull preach at The Ruby Lounge and metal outfit Bury Tomorrow drop into town during their current European tour.
// Fat Out Fest draws to a close and the genre-blending soul of Jamie Isaac will be filling the Soup Kitchen basement.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.