This weekend saw the return of Parklife festival to a muddy Heaton Park, with performances from The 1975, Frank Ocean, Stormzy and Chaka Khan thrilling revellers over two days of eclectic music. That festival feeling seems to stretch into the coming week, where rockabilly, grindcore, garage rock, power ballad extravganzas, brass bands and synth-pop outsiders come together across our city for seven days of stellar shows. Read on for our pick of the best acts in MCR this week.

Monday 12th: Melt Banana (Deaf Institute)

// Japan’s noise rock outfit Melt Banana waste no time in getting the week started in riotous fashion. The relentless duo have toured extensively since forming in 1991, arriving back in Manchester with their fierce take on grind core and noise pop.

Tuesday 13th: Darrel Higham (Deaf Institute), Thurston Moore Group (Gorilla)

// Rockabilly’s best-kept-secret Darrel Higham takes his solo efforts to the Deaf Institute’s stage following the release of debut LP ‘Hell’s Hotel’. Indie stalwart Thurston Moore marked a return to form this year with new LP ‘Rock n Roll Consciousness‘, now supported with an extensive summer tour.

Wednesday 14th: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (The Albert Hall), Thee Oh Sees (Academy)

// Garage rock fans are faced with a tough dilemma this Wednesday… Whenever and wherever Thee Oh Sees play live, they’re dependable as one of the best live acts on the circuit today. John Dwyer’s band of raucous psych-garage tearaways visit The Academy this week for another intense punk outing. Elsewhere, Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard support album number two of five this year with a visit to The Albert Hall. Take your pick.

Thursday 15th: The G-O-D (Night & Day Café)

// Made up of members from Dub Sex, The Fall and Ian Brown’s band, Night & Day will be hosting local rock n roll outfit The G-O-D this week. The newly formed punk trio will be warming up before taking on the small task of opening for The Stone Roses at Wembley later in the week…

Friday 16th: Ultimate Power (The Ritz), Hackney Colliery Band (Band On The Wall), Prince – A Tribute By Late Nite Tuff Guy (Gorilla), The Moods (Rebellion)

// East London’s Hackney Colliery Band continue to reinvent the brass band with a return to Band On The Wall, supporting latest LP ‘Sharpener’. Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz for all your power ballad needs with Meatloaf, Whitney, Europe, Bon Jovi and Co. Elsewhere, Gorilla host a tribute to the late, great Purple One and Rebellion host a single release party from Mancunian electro hip-hop outfit The Moods.

Saturday 17th: The Space Lady + Cult Party & Charlie Coxedge (Soup Kitchen), Big Bambora (Deaf Institute) Mouses / Blooms (The Castle Hotel)

// Outsider musician and cult figure The Space Lady is in town for a rare appearance at Soup Kitchen (if you don’t the name, you should do) supported by local acts Cult Party and Charlie Coxedge. The Castle Hotel host a double bill from lo-fi punk duo Mouses and dream pop shoe gazers Blooms, whilst Lancashire indie-rock quintet Big Bambora support debut EP ‘First Wave’ at Deaf.

Sunday 18th: Sweet Baboo (Soup Kitchen), Alexi Tuomarila Trio (Band On The Wall)

// Sweet Baboo‘s latest LP ‘Wild Imagination’ has been met with widespread positivity its celebratory mood. The Welshman’s latest effort is supported with a series of shows, stopping on at Soup this weekend. Also ending the week in style is jazz pianist Alexi Tuomarila, appearing at Band On The Wall with bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Olavi Louhivuori.


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

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