The sixth Manchester International Festival came to a close on Sunday evening with ‘Ceremony’, featuring an array of talent and a live film screening celebrating the homecoming of German philosopher and socialist thinker Friedrich Engels in statue form. As the city is once again under the watchful eyes of Engels in a new permanent home at Tony Wilson Place, we look ahead to the next seven eclectic days of music in Manchester. Read on for our picks this week.

Monday 17th: Full Of Hell (Soup Kitchen)

// Self described as “harsh grinding death from the east coast”, Maryland’s Full Of Hell head to Manchester in possession of widely positive reviews for latest album ‘Trumpeting Ecstasy

Tuesday 18th: Stanley Clarke (Gorilla)

// Gorilla invites you to catch a rare appearance from jazz musician, composer and renowned bassist Stanley Clarke, one of just a handful of dates in the UK during an extensive summer tour. With an impressive and varied career stretching over five decades, Clarke is revered for his influential work on bass.

Wednesday 19th: The Other Room Presents Comedy From Iceland (The Castle Hotel)

// Local experimental reading series The Other Room present a trio of acts from Iceland across an intimate evening at The Castle, featuring poet and performance artist Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir.

Thursday 20th: Saul Williams (Islington Mill)

// Rapper, musician and actor Saul Williams will be performing in Fat Out’s intimate Burrow at the Mill, having returned to music last year with acclaimed album ‘MartyrLoserKing’.

Friday 21st: Fassine // Alfie Sky // Lucas Kane (Night & Day Café), Meat Free w/ Acronym (Soup Kitchen)

Night & Day’s weekly showcase brings you a trio of indie acts including electronic trio Fassine, whilst over at Soup Kitchen, DJ Acronym will be guiding you through to the early hours of Saturday morning, making his Manchester debut at Soup Kitchen.

Saturday 22nd: Mayflower / Urban Theory / Freeda / Scarlet Fever (Band On The Wall), Soul Town (Albert Hall)

// Local promoters Scruff Of The Neck will be taking over Band On The Wall to host four superb indie acts, including local quartet Mayflower. Albert Hall will be presenting huge new club night Soul Town, headlined by the legendary Martha Reeves & The Vandellas for a celebration of all things Northern Soul.

Sunday 23rd: The Sugarman 3 (Band On The Wall), Puddle Of Mudd (Gorilla)

// RnB funk trio The Sugarman 3 help wrap the week up at Band On The Wall, whilst nu metal veterans Puddle Of Mudd will be taking their infamous onstage antics to Gorilla.


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

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