Thursday saw the return of biennial extravaganza the Manchester International Festival; the much-loved celebration now on a sixth outing. Heading into day five of eighteen, we’ve seen a self portrait of the city take over Piccadilly Gardens, New Order’s brooding return to the Old Granada Studios and daily festivities in Albert Square. With another two weeks of action ahead of us, here’s our guide on what not to miss this week, as well as other events of note in the city over the next seven days.

Monday 3rd: The Living End (Gorilla)

// Aussie punk rock outfit The Living End help get the week underway at Gorilla, now seven albums deep in a career stretching over two decades.

Tuesday 4th: Radiohead (Emirates Old Trafford), Bonobo (Manchester Cathedral), Matthew Logan Vasquez (Deaf Institute)

// Following a thunderous opening headline set at Glastonbury (including some rarely heard fan favourites) Thom Yorke and Co. are on top form and continue on with their tour supporting the 20th anniversary of ‘OK Computer’. Elsewhere, producer/DJ Bonobo returns to Manchester for the second time this year for MIF, performing a special show at Manchester Cathedral. Deaf hosts Delta Spirit frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez, returning with a new solo album ‘Does What He Wants’.

Wednesday 5th: William Basinski (Pavilion Theatre), Sampha + PAULi (Albert Hall)

// Avant garde composer and master of meditative melancholy William Basinski performs a rare show as part of MIF, catch the experimental musician at the Pavilion Theatre. This year’s debut album ‘Process’ from Sampha Sisay has been met with widespread acclaim, now followed with a major world tour and a special appearance in Manchester for MIF.

Thursday 6th: Arcade Fire (Castlefield Bowl), Forever Cult / Jekyll / Boy Genius (Castle Hotel)

// Another welcome addition from MIF sees indie rock cohort Arcade Fire return to Manchester, their show at Castlefield Bowl is preceded with a handful of singles form upcoming album ‘Everything Now’. Over at the Castle, local promoters Scruff Of The Neck present a trio of acts from the North of England; Forever Cult, Jekyll and Boy Genius.

Friday 7th: James (Castlefield Bowl), Cold War Kids (The Ritz), The Haxan Cloak (Gorilla)

// Sounds Of The City continue their takeover of the Castlefield Bowl with a showing from Manchester’s own James led by the revered Tim Booth. Following the announcement of their first year in nearly three years, Cold War Kids are back on the road and dark ambient producer The Haxan Cloak appears at Gorilla for MIF.

Saturday 8th: Blossoms (Castlefield Bowl), Clark (The Ritz), Antics (Night & Day Café)

// Another local act taking to the Castlefield Bowl this week are indie pop five-piece Blossoms, who’ve wasted no time marking their place as one of Manchester’s brightest musical exports. The Ritz hosts dark, dystopian electronica from Clark for Dark Matter, curated by Mary Anne Hobbs for MIF, and over at Night & Day you can expect the usual Antics until the early hours.

Sunday 9th: Amnesia Scanner (Pavilion Theatre)

// Berlin duo Amnesia Scanner present their dark futuristic vision of electronica at MIF’s festival square to bring the week to a close.


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

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