Last week Manchester was shaken with a horrific attack at the Arena following a performance from Ariana Grande, on Monday evening. In a time of great tragedy which has seen the city come together to mourn the victims, the spirit of MCR has been demonstrated to the rest of the world. Over the week, venues, promoters and artists across Manchester have pulled together to ensure gigs and events went on ahead as planned, refusing to give in to hate and fear. Following a busy weekend of fantastic festivals and sporting events, as usual we’re once again looking forward to another week of excellent music in Manchester.
// Minneapolis punk-rockers The Blind Shake help kick off the week over at Gullivers. Brothers Jim and Mike Blaha (with drummer Dave Roper) released latest album ‘Celebrate Your Worth’ late last year, and return to the UK fresh from an extensive tour of the US. Fellow sibling songwriters Michael and David Champion bring their alt-pop vehicle CHAMPS to Band On The Wall as part of a triple bill with Wildfires and Floral Scene.
// Austin-based singer-songwriter Molly Burch comes to the city following the release of debut album ‘Please Be Mine’ on Captured Tracks (read our full preview here) and budding songstress Marika Hackman is celebrating the upcoming release of her second album ‘I’m Not Your Man’ at Deaf.
// Garage-rock upstarts Tangerines make the journey up from South London to offer listeners the sound of a “jaded Velvet Underground jamming with the master of arch, Willy Deville“. Seattle indie-rockers Minus The Bear have announced a string of European dates with the release of latest album ‘VOIDS‘, marking a welcome return for the quartet who have been off the radar since their last LP back in 2012.
// Saint Sister – the creation of Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty – have quickly found fans with an atmospheric mix of electronic pop and 60s folk, along with debut EP ‘Madrid’. Over at Deaf, fellow electro-folk duo Hester & Holly Rose have now evolved into China Lane, returning to Manchester just a few months on from an appearance at Night & Day. A little later over at Soup Kitchen, Illum Sphere and Tom Boogizm will be supplying dance floor and left-field classics until 4am.
// Catch another family outing over at The Deaf Institute, where psychedelic jazz outfit Syd Arthur (Liam, Joel and Josh Magill and violinist Raven Bush) are co-headling with the gritty, psych-pop Morgan Delt. Faroese singer-songwriter Eivør Pálsdóttir offers profound and heartfelt balladry at the Castle Hotel, while a three hour set from Darius Syrossian over at Gorilla is a sure way to kick start your weekend.
Sunday 4th: Now Wave Sunday Session feat. Whitney (The Ritz)
// Now Wave invite you to join them for ‘Sunday Sessions‘, a day of music running from 4pm featuring Whitney, Bill Ryder-Jones, TOPS, Childhood and more. 100% of ticket sales from the day will go the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.