The Eurovision Song Contest took place on Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine, where Portugal won the annual pop extravaganza for the first time in its history with ‘Amar Pelos Dois‘. A familiar sight awaited the United Kingdom, finishing 15th despite one of our highest point tallies in recent years. Another week in Manchester sees artists from Europe and beyond travel to venues across the city for our listening pleasure. Read on for our pick of the best.
Monday 15th: Kane Strang (Gullivers)
// New Zealand-based singer-guitarist Kane Strang heads to Gullivers for an evening of perfectly realised indie pop/rock, but it’s worth noting Soup Kitchen are also hosting a Joy Division special from Remake Remodel, marking the anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death.
// Last year, experimental metal duo The Body released “the grossest pop album of all time” with ‘No One Deserves Happiness’. Not one to miss then, as the Portland duo head to Deaf. Over at Night & Day, Cornish folk trio Haunt The Woods will treat fans to their usual intricate guitar work and powerful vocal harmonies.
// Indie pop quartet Metronomy have gone from strength to strength since 2011 breakthrough album ‘The English Riviera’. Following more success with last year’s ‘Summer 08’, the band return to Manchester for the first time since 2014. Over at Gorilla, Glastonbury’s 2015 Emerging Talent winner Declan Mckenna continues to win fans ahead of the release of his debut album.
// DJ Food invites all you Aphex Twin aficionados to The Deaf Institute, following the 25th anniversary of ‘Selected Ambient Works Volume 2’ just a few weeks back. He’ll be digging up some AFX classics and rarities for ‘Selected Aphex Works’. Local psych outfit Silver Vials will be joining Chile’s cosmic rock titans Föllakzoid. It is happening again over at Gorilla, where fans of Twin Peaks will be more than excited ahead of the legendary’s show’s return on Sunday, and can celebrate with a quiz and screening of the original pilot.
// Cosmic songstress Jane Weaver heads to Band On The Wall during a new UK tour and Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando offers a unique solo show at Gorilla. Over at Soup Kitchen, Tinfoil come to Manchester for a debut club night, made up of underground techno DJs Sunil Sharpe and DeFeKT. Gullivers welcomes London five-piece Babeheaven for an evening of trip-hop and soul, back in the city just eight days from supporting The Japanese House at Gorilla.
// Band On The Wall host Future Vibes from 4pm, an all-dayer of emerging artists that are making waves and pushing the boundaries of alternative music. Leeds four-piece Clay will be appearing at Gorilla, also followed by a visit from DJ Pierre and A Guy Called Gerald for Connie’s Acid House Party #4.
// Reggae sensation Chronixx is currently on a global tour, stopping off at the Ritz. Back over at Gorilla, singer-songwriter Ásgeir – one of Iceland’s biggest musical exports – will help bring the week to a close.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.