Just about recovered from the bank holiday weekend? Then I’ll continue. We saw almost 3,000 people take part in the 25th Manchester Pride parade on Saturday, during an all-singing, all-dancing weekend of festivities. Hopefully you’ve got some glitter left over, because we’re ready to do it all over again with another packed week waiting ahead. Read on for our pick of the best shows in Manchester over the next six days.

Tuesday 29th: Tender (Deaf Institute)

// North London duo Tender visit Deaf on the back of their debut release, ‘Modern Addiction’. The twosome’s soaring synths and progressive percussion is thrilling fans across the UK before they head to the US on their current tour.

Wednesday 30th: Car Seat Headrest (The Ritz)

// Sharp indie talisman Will Toledo (AKA Car Seat Headrest) is back in Manchester just months after his last visit to Gorilla, which sold out before most got around to even attempt a purchase. Young star Toledo, currently based in Seattle, has released a seriously impressive twelve albums and EPs since 2010, all self-released via Bandcamp.

Thursday 31st: Nadia Reid (Deaf Institute)

// Another guitar slinger returning to Manchester for the second time this year is thoughtful Kiwi songstress Nadia Reid, with latest ‘Preservation‘ recently released.

Friday 1st: Clubnight Of The Concords (Deaf Institute), Graham Massey & Umut Caglar (Islington Mill), These Smiths (Ruby Lounge)

// Is it really September? Yes, we’re afraid so, but Deaf have teamed up with Pilot Light TV to bring you Club Night Of The Conchords, a celebration of “New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” – fancy dress is encouraged. Islington Mill will host Samarbeta’s latest residency, with 808 State’s Graham Massey and Konstrukt’s Umut Caglar, whilst elsewhere you’re invited you to join faux-Morrissey and Co. at The Ruby Lounge.

Saturday 2nd: Strange Waves II (The Ritz), Manchester Psych Fest 2017 (Band On The Wall, Soup Kitchen, Night & Day Café), American Football (The Albert Hall)

// TWO all-dayers are on offer this Saturday. Cult favourite Strange Waves returns for second helpings at The Ritz, while Manchester Psych Fest will be taking over three venues in the Northern Quarter, headlined by Teleman (read our preview here). Over at The Albert Hall, math rock quartet American Football are back on the road following last year’s second eponymous release.

Sunday 3rd: Interpol (The Albert Hall), Mo Pitney (Night & Day Café), Tim Heidecker & Neil Hamburger (Gorilla)

America’s modern rock favourites Interpol arrive at the Albert Hall celebrating 10th anniversary of 2007’s breakthrough album ‘Our Love To Admire’, recently treated to three special expanded-edition reissues. Possessing a voice that wouldn’t sound out of place alongside Hank Williams and a look more in keeping with your local gritty indie band, Mo Pitney visits Night & Day, while comedian and musician Neil Hamburger is joined by Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame) over at Gorilla.


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

Fancy listening to some of the best artists performing across Manchester in the coming months? Listen below for our latest playlist previewing those in town for this month’s best shows!

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