Though this week is a bit of slow burner while the usual array of talent are out making the most of the festival calendar (those festivals that have actually gone ahead as planned, that is…) allow us to pick out the best of the rest in Manchester this week. Take your pick of the exciting acts on offer over the next seven days…

Tuesday 15th: Radio Moscow (Gullivers)

// Tune into Radio Moscow, the glorious sound of “bunch of guys getting together in a garage and playing the kind of music that makes the neighbors call the cops”. The dirty psych trio are out and about ahead of the release of their fifth LP, ‘New Beginnings’.

Wednesday 16th: The Duke Spirit (Deaf Institute)

// Robust pop-rock outfit The Duke Spirit are no strangers to the live circuit; they’ve been active since 2005. Last year’s release, ‘Kin‘ was widely acclaimed as some of their best work yet, following a five-year break since 2011’s ‘Bruiser’.

Thursday 17th: Phundo Art (Castle Hotel)

// Budding South African rapper Phundo Art hits the Castle Hotel on a wave of acclaim from his extensive shows across the UK over 2016.

Friday 18th: Ultimate Power (The Ritz), Wilf Petherbridge & Ben Hauke & Present PLAY (Islington Mill)

// This Friday Islington Mill will present the culmination of a ten-day residency from Wilf Petherbridge & Ben Hauke; the London based duo will produce a new recording and performance ‘PLAY’ that celebrates public collaboration and inclusion. Power balladeers unite! The Ritz once again hosts a night of unparralled bangers, as Ultimate Power returns with “the world’s greatest club night“.

Saturday 19th: Plastic House (Deaf Institute), The Message (Night & Day Café), 5 Years Of Edit W/ Joey Negro (Gorilla)

// Local promoters Scruff Of The Neck host Stockport’s high-energy indie quartet Plastic House at Deaf, supporting debut EP ‘Hold On’. The Message is loud and clear over on Oldham St, where Night & Day host an evening of NYC entertainment and Gorilla celebrate five years of Edit with special guest Joey Negro.

Sunday 20th: FUNK: Foundation ft. The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly (Band On The Wall), Bullets And Octane (Gullivers)

// We end the week on a high with saxophone legend Pee Wee Ellis, joined by some of the UK’s most exciting emerging musicians for an evening of dynamic and driven funk. Looking for something a little louder? Head over to Gullivers for the vicious Bullets And Octane.

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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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