Looking ahead to a busy week in Manchester, two names are dominating event listings. This Friday, Dot To Dot Festival returns with what will surely be their biggest year yet, before Sunday when Victoria Warehouse hosts an inaugural all dayer from Transformer. Add into the mix some indie from New York, folk from New Zealand, a Bowie tribute from Brazil and alt-rock from Canada and the week is shaping up to be something special. If you haven’t already, clear your diary…
Monday 22nd: Luke Sital-Singh (Deaf Institute)
// Following a five-year hiatus, Canadian alt-rock veterans Broken Social Scene return with new LP ‘Hug Of Thunder’ this summer, backed up with a European tour. Over at Gorilla, Mac DeMarco spin-off Homeshake was met with a “crazy demand for tickets”, having moved from their original venue of the Deaf Institute.
Wednesday 24th: Aldous Harding (The Ruby Lounge)
// Brazilian singer-songwriter Seu Jorge will be playing a Life Aquatic tribute to David Bowie at The Albert Hall this week. His role as the wistful, Bowie-obsessed Pelé dos Santos spawned an album of David Bowie covers formed from his sessions in The Life Aquatic. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, New York’s indie-pop troupe The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have announced a new tour of the UK with a date at The Night & Day Café, before heading back to the familiar soil of New York for two more shows. Read more here.
Friday 26th: Dot To Dot Festival (Various Venues)
// There’s one event on everyone’s lips this week: the return of the much loved Dot To Dot Festival. Over fifty acts are descending on Manchester for the all dayer headlined by Sundara Karma, The Growlers, Amber Run, Louis Berry and more. Along with our full preview, to help get you in the mood we’ve put together a Top 10 list of acts you won’t want to miss out on, along with a playlist previewing some of the superb music you can expect to hear. Listen below.
// Following a sold out show at Heaton Park and an incredible seven-night residency at The Apollo, next stop for Manchester’s Courteeners is Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground, playing to a crowd of fifty thousand. Over at the Deaf Institute, club night Girls On Film will be celebrating 80s glam and glitz each Saturday
Sunday 28th: Transformer (Victoria Warehouse)
// Sunday marks a first taste from Transformer from Victoria Warehouse. Headlining the all-dayer will be New York noise-rock titans Swans, Manchester’s own post-punk legends The Fall, This Is Not This Heat and Washington DC garage/psych outsiders Royal Trux. Read our full preview of the day here, or listen below for our playlist.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.