This week the sixth outing of biennial extravaganza Manchester International Festival continues into a final six days of music, art, dance, talks, film and festivities centred around the famous Pavilion Theatre in Albert Square. Read on for the best shows in Manchester this week, including some very special shows lined up courtesy of MIF17…

Monday 10th: Will Hoge (Gullivers)

// Gullivers gets the week underway, hosting a rare offering from Nashville native Will Hoge, currently on a short tour of England before heading back across the Atlantic for an extensive US tour.

Tuesday 11th: Ride (The Ritz)

// Shoegaze stalwarts Ride step back into the spotlight with new LP ‘Weather Diaries’, their first album in twenty years, supported with an substantial tour. Their date at The Ritz is their first in Manchester since a storming show at the Albert Hall back in 2015.

Wednesday 12th: Kiran Leonard (Pavilion Theatre)

// Saddleworth singer-songwriter Kiran Leonard offers his contribution to MIF17 at the Pavilion Theatre. Leonard will be returning later in the year to Band On The Wall, supporting upcoming LP ‘Derevaun Seraun’.

Thursday 13th: Kojey Radical (Gorilla)

// Poet, film-maker, visual artist but first and foremost musician Kojey Radical appears for Dark Matter, a series curated by Mary Anne Hobbs for MIF17.

Friday 14th: Rodrigo y Gabriela (Albert Hall) Colin Stetson (Gorilla)

// Avant garde saxophonist Colin Stetson is another highly revered name appearing at this year’s Dark Matter. Perhaps best known for his collaborations with the likes of Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem and Bon Over, as a solo artist he explores a highly immersive, muscular sound with multi-phonics and percussive valve work. Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela take the stage at the Albert Hall, and over at Islington Mill, the Skinny North are hosting a final blow out as four years of cultural and journalistic excellence comes to an end. Entry is free, though donations towards Islington Mill are welcomed.

Saturday 15th: Sunn O))) (The Ritz)

// Drone metal giants Sunn O))) return to Manchester for the first time in five years for one of MIF17’s most anticipated shows. More a ritual than a concert.

Sunday 16th: Class Of 1997 (Gorilla), Spring King + Let’s Eat Grandma (Pavilion Theatre)

// Gorilla will be celebrating all things nineties, screening celluloid classics Austin Powers, Boogie Nights, Starship Troopers and Grosse Pointe Blank. All good things must come to an end, as MIF17 does this Sunday with ‘Ceremony‘ at NCP Bridgewater Hall Car Park, where performers, musicians and the people of Manchester will create an extraordinary live film to close the festival, soundtracked by Mica Levi, Demdike Stare and Gruff Rhys.


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

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