As we delve through the fallout of Glastonbury 2017, Manchester wastes no time in keeping festival spirits high, going into July. Returning this week is the biennial Manchester International Festival, with eighteen days of music, film, art and events. Following in the footsteps of greats such as Kraftwerk, Lou Reed and Björk, an incredible array of artists are descending on the city from this Thursday onwards, until Sunday 16th July. Also returning this week is mini-festival Sounds Of The City, bringing a series of shows to the criminally underused Castlefield Bowl. Read on for our picks and the best of the rest in Manchester this week.

Monday 26th: Sam Turner (Gullivers)

// Manchester-based singer-songwriter Sam Turner celebrates the release of her single ‘Don’t Let Go’ with a night of female-fronted acts at Gullivers from 7:30pm.

Tuesday 27th: Spoon (Gorilla)

// Now twenty three years old, math rock quartet Spoon know a thing or two about putting on a good show, and with a European/US tour stretching out into November, fans are anticipating another stellar performance at Gorilla this week.

Wednesday 28th: Real Estate (The Ritz) Cheap Trick (Academy)

// Indie intellectuals Real Estate are back in Manchester at the height of a UK summer tour supporting their latest release ‘In Mind’; read our full preview here. Elsewhere, The Academy welcomes long-standing rock legends Cheap Trick.

Thursday 29th: Radiation (Night & Day), Tony Momrelle (Band On The Wall)

// Soul man Tony Momrelle drops into Band On The Wall and Night & Day hosts a debut evening from new club night Radiation; expect “shoegaze, dream-pop, indie, kraut-rock, and psychedelic sounds”. It’s also worth noting that just a little further up Oldham St, the Castle Hotel also host a trio of budding UK indie talents.

Friday 30th: Richard Ashcroft (Castlefield Bowl), Holly Herndon (Gorilla)

// Wigan’s answer to Mick Jagger, Richard Ashcroft helps kick off Sounds Of The City 2017 with a show at the Castlefield Bowl and US composer, producer and sound artist Holly Herndon is another revered act returning to our city as part of the Manchester International Festival.

Saturday 1st: Haçienda Classical (Castlefield Bowl), Kiss Me Again 1st Birthday (Soup Kitchen)

// Hacienda Classical is back, accompanied by an orchestra performing the Madchester classics we know and love at the Castlefield Bowl having opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury last week. Head to The Albert Hall afterwards for the official after party. Soup Kitchen keep their doors open until the early hours, celebrating the first birthday of LGBT+ dance party Kiss Me Again.

Sunday 2nd: Hookworms (Pavilion Theatrel)

// Manchester International Festival help end the week on a high hosting psych-rock quintet Hookworms for an intimate gig in the Pavilion Theatre.

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

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