Manchester hosted “one of the most remarkable concerts in a generation” yesterday evening at Old Trafford Cricket Ground where a 50,000-strong crowd watched One Love Manchester, joined by millions of viewers across the globe. Raising £2 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund over three hours, the concert brought some of the world’s biggest pop stars together on stage, including a surprise set from Burnage Boy Liam Gallagher. No doubt you’ll be in the mood for another week of superb acts taking to the city’s stages, so read on for our pick of the best.
Monday 5th: Manchester University Big Band (The Wonder Inn)
A quiet start to the week, but that can soon be fixed with a visit to The Wonder Inn where Manchester University’s Big Band present their annual vocal showcase.
Tuesday 6th: Julien Baker (Deaf Institute)
Tennessee’s burgeoning Julien Baker visits our city following critical acclaim for her debut album ‘Sprained Ankle‘, where the alt-folk songstress offers her cult following heartfelt, uncompromising and cathartic tunes.
Fans of Tycho are offered the chance to catch their live audio/visual spectacular at the Albert Hall, brimming with blissful beats and euphoric melodies (read our full preview here). Over at Deaf, Gomez frontman Ben Ottewell celebrates the release of third solo LP ‘A Man Apart’.
With third LP ‘Highway Queen’ under her rhinestone-studded belt, boisterous country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane stops off in Manchester on a new European tour before heading back to her native US. Elsewhere, the unique trio of Yorkston, Thorne and Khan appear at Band On The Wall with a blend of Indian/folk/jazz and reflective melodies.
Savages spin-off Kite Base are another act making the trip up the M1 to Manchester following an appearance at Field Day. Alt-hop hop outfit WHY? continue a European tour supporting latest album ‘Moh Lhean’ and Soup Kitchen’s basement hosts a WAX Stevie Wonder special for all your Friday night boogie needs.
Saturday 10th: Delia Derbyshire Day (Band On The Wall)
Band On The Wall honours electronic pioneer and avant garde composer Delia Derbyshire. Famous for her production of Doctor Who’s legendary theme tune, the day includes discussions with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, audio archive collages and performances.
Electronic composer and synthesist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith received huge accolades last year for her album EARS. She arrives in Manchester having just played London’s Field Day (read our full preview here). Another visitor from Tennessee, the soulful Chastity Brown takes the stage at Gullivers and for those who don’t need to be up for work on Monday, catch an night of house and techno at The Ritz, courtesy of The Warehouse Project.
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.