British summer looks to have finally arrived to a collective cheer from festival goers across the country. Glastonbury, perhaps England’s most celebrated music festival, returns this week and many of those heading to the green hills of Somerset will be warming up in Manchester this week. Read on for our pick of the best shows in our city this week. As it’s festival season, we’re also excited to be giving away a pair of tickets for Beat-Herder 2017, kicking off in the Ribble Valley on 14th July. Read here for details.
Monday 19th: Kraftwerk (Bridgewater Hall)
// Tickets may have sold out almost instantly, but Kraftwerk‘s visit to Manchester is no doubt one of the shows of the week, or any week for that matter. The electronic pioneers and legendary performers show no sign of packing up the Kling Klang studio with their current tour, accompanied with the release of 3-D The Catalogue.
// Everything Everything return to Manchester for a homecoming show at the Albert Hall, ahead of the release of fourth studio album ‘A Fever Dream’. Over at Gorilla, Aussie psych-rock outfit POND take the stage supporting new record ‘The Weather’.
Wednesday 21st: Mark Lanegan @ The Ritz
// Mark Lanegan‘s latest release ‘Gargoyle‘ has been met with widespread acclaim ahead of his visit to Manchester. The alternative gothic rocker is stopping off in Manchester ahead of an appearance at Glastonbury.
// Prog pioneers The Enid return to Manchester celebrating forty years of symphonic rock. This Thursday also sees the Albert Hall transformed into a Mexican wrestling arena for Lucha Libre, where stars will battle in epic live confrontations of Good vs. Evil. Be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets for the night here.
// Currently following up last year’s ‘Wildflower’, electro-psych hip hop group The Avalanches are best known for their debut album ‘Since I Left You’, a critical and commercial success that received multiple awards. They head to the Albert Hall on a currently European tour. Liverpudlian trio Ex-Easter Island Head employ local musicians to form the Salford Large Electric Ensemble at Deaf, and Gorilla opens its doors until the early hours celebrating 2Pac and Biggie.
// Night & Day celebrate forty years of The Fall in their home city of Manchester, with The Fallen Women performing a tribute as well as live DJs. Nashville string band Old Crow Medicine Show re-create Dylan’s 1966 opus Blonde On Blonde on stage at the Ritz, covering the classic album in its entirety.
Sunday 25th: Manchester Forever (The Fallow Cafe)
// The Fallow Cafe hosts a charity night to raise money for the Manchester Emergency Fund, helping those affected by the Manchester Arena bomb. Read our full preview here. Amongst the performers is Manchester singer-songwriter/producer Francis Lung and buzzing indie quartet Horsebeach.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.