Saturday’s tenth annual Record Store Day proved to be a huge success across the UK, which will come as no surprise to anyone who saw dedicated fans queuing up outside Piccadilly Records as early as Friday afternoon. Shops all over the country stocked up on exclusive releases from The Smiths, David Bowie and Iggy Pop (along with hundreds of others) celebrating the culture and community of our independent record store. Another exciting week of music awaits, topped off with a bank holiday and the return of a much revered one-day festival.

Monday 24th: Bryde (Castle Hotel), Xenia Rubinos (Gullivers)

// Bryde (one half of Welsh alt-pop duo Paper Aeroplanes/AKA Sarah Howells) will be channeling the likes of PJ Harvey and Jeff Buckley at The Castle Hotel on an extensive UK tour. Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Xenia Rubinos will be unleashing her multi-genre and soulful voice at Gullivers. As ever, just around the corner Tusk are hosting their weekly open mic night.

Tuesday 25th: Happyness (Gullivers), Splashh (Night & Day)

// Anglo-Australian quartet Splashh have just released their second album ‘Waiting A Lifetime‘, supported with a show at Night & Day whilst south London trio Happyness will be performing at Gullivers.

Wednesday 26th: Michael Rother (Sound Control), Cupids (Night & Day)

// Neu! founder, ex-Kraftwerk member and all-round German electronic music pioneer Michael Rother returns to Manchester with what will be no doubt a special night at Sound Control. Elsewhere, local outfit Cupids (formerly The Gramotones) hit Night & Day with a “heavier and more rhythmic based” sound than their previous incarnation.

Thursday 27th: Bandante (Castle Hotel), Sam Brookes (Band On The Wall)

// Bandante (the new band from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds guitarist George Vjestica) will be providing an audio/visual spectacle at The Castle Hotel and singer-songwriter Sam Brookes takes the stage over at Band On The Wall on a Spring UK tour alongside Low Chimes and Ambiere.

Friday 28th: Pharmakon (Soup Kitchen), Cabbage (Academy 2), The Big Moon (Deaf Institute)

// The Big Moon will be drawing in crowds at Deaf ahead of their return to Manchester next month for Dot To Dot 2017. Pioneering NYC noise performer Pharmakon supports new album ‘Contact‘ in the Soup Kitchen basement and local lads Cabbage return for their second local show of the year at Academy 2.

Saturday 29th: Michael Kiwanuka (Albert Hall), Band On The Wall Funk & Soul Party (Band On The Wall), The Membranes (The Ritz)

// The Albert Hall will be filled with the soulful tones of Michael Kiwanuka this Saturday while Band On The Wall will be hosting another Funk & Soul extravaganza. Lancashire post-punk stalwarts The Membranes return to the stage. It’s also worth noting that kicking off this Saturday (also running into Sunday) is the Manchester Trade Union’s annual Manchester May Day Festival, hosting a range of marches, music and family activities over the the weekend.

Sunday 30th: Sounds From The Other City (Chapel St. Salford)

// Annual festival Sounds From The Other City returns to Salford for a one-day festival of new music, performance and art in and around Chapel Street. OTOMO X, Flamingods, Drahla, The Lovely Eggs, Amber Arcades, Horsebeach, Jupiter-C, Rosey PM, Bruxa Maria and IAMDDB are just some of the names you can look forward to this year. With tickets at £23 and a bank holiday the day after, you won’t want to miss out.


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

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