Manchester Pride 2017 gets started this Friday with events running throughout the weekend into Bank Holiday Monday, including the annual parade taking place on Saturday. For more information, check out our preview of Pride 2017 right here. Away from this weekend’s celebrations, there’s still an array of gigs taking place throughout the week to take advantage of. Read on for the best of the rest in Manchester over the next seven days.
Monday 21st: Main Source (Sound Control)
// If you’re not busy gazing at an overcast blanket of clouds trying to see a Partial Solar Eclipse on Monday, seminal hip hop group Main Source are back in the UK celebrating the 25th anniversary of their legendary album ‘Breaking Atoms’. Catch them at Sound Control.
// Indie folk’s finest, The Shins return with ‘Heartworms‘, their first album in five years. Currently supporting the LP on a European tour, their stop-motion music video for new single ‘Half a Million’ is well worth a watch (see below). Over at Gorilla, US new wave supergroup DREAMCAR park up following the release of their debut eponymous LP.
// US rock duo Tigers Jaw are in town with their major label debut, ‘spin‘; the pop-punk twosome head to Deaf on Wednesday evening. American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Gibson takes the stage at Gullivers on the back of great acclaim for new album ‘Empire Builder’.
// For all you indie folkies hungry for more following The Shin’s visit on Tuesday, also head to our city this week are singer-songwriters Frank Turner at Courtney Marie Andrews. While Turner has now found worldwide acclaim for his music, Courtney Marie Andrews is a young, budding musician only just breaking onto the international scene. Read our full preview of her appearance here.
// While a host of Pride events will be kicking off on Friday night, those in need of a good dance can also find their needs met at Gorilla, with the latest installment of Covert featuring Brazil’s Volkoder. Over on Oldham Street, Night & Day will be hosting ’60s/pysch/alt-rock club night Electric Jug.
// Saturday sees another visit from Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Club, a night quickly becoming a staple of the UK festival scene. His collection of all things funk and soul from the roots of black music through to the current club sounds are always a hit on the dance floor. Bauer are back on the live circuit, appearing at Gullivers following the release of ‘Eyes Fully Open’.
Sunday 27th: Gospelbeach Plus Miranda Lee Richards (Castle Hotel)
// Californian psych outfit GospelbeacH will be packing out the Castle Hotel following a recent flourish of dreamy singles, with support from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Miranda Lee Richards. Elsewhere, Pride festivities continue late on into Bank Holiday Monday.
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!