It’s a quieter week than we’re used to across Manchester’s music venues, but that’s only more reason to get out and make the most of those taking to our stages over the next seven days. While we wait for some of those big names to return from festival duties, read on for our pick of the best in MCR this week.

Tuesday 8th: Elder (Soup Kitchen)

// “Purveyors of heavy rock since 2005”, heavy psych trio Elder are back on the road supporting ‘Reflections Of A Floating World‘. They’ll be joined by the fuzz and fury of New York’s King Buffalo.

Wednesday 9th: The Night & Day Showcase // Treason // Lady Livid // Paul Gleave // Matt Mullan (Night & Day Café)

// The Night & Day Café hold their weekly showcase, this week hosting four local talents to brighten up any midweek blues.

Thursday 10th: Free Vibes: Sonic Bliss Machine + Mister Strange + Kyotoya + Little Illusion Machine (Band On The Wall), Sainte (Soup Kitchen)

// Who doesn’t like a freebie? Over on Swan St., Band On The Wall are hosting an evening of music in a new series of FREE events, the aptly titled ‘Free Vibes‘ presenting local and national up-and-coming talent you need to know. Indie pop outfit Sainte (formed from members of We Are In The Crowd) will be taking to Soup Kitchen.

Friday 11th: Lambchop (Gorilla), Holy Fuck (Soup Kitchen)

// Alt-country heroes Lambchop continue to age like a fine wine, back on tour and showing no signs of slowing down. For three decades, Kurt Wagner & Co. have reinvented what alt-country is and can be, with recent offering ‘Flotus’ employing autotune, electronic rhythms and drones. Over at Soup, noise tearaways Holy Fuck return supporting new EP ‘Bird Brains’.

Saturday 12th: KASHMERE (Gorilla), Ilenkus + Wot Gorilla? + Hopes + Peaks (Eagle Inn), Antics Clubnight X Hot Chip Spezial (Night & Day)

// Sleek and sultry indie pop outfit KASHMERE visit Gorilla with the promise of building on their existing successes with new single ‘Porcelain’. Salford’s Eagle Inn host a quadruple headline night showcasing local and national talent. Over at Night & Day, expect the latest instalment of their superb club night Antics, this month examining Hot Chip.

Sunday 13th: Future Horizons (Gullivers)

// Bringing the week to a close are Hartlepool quartet Future Horizons, who continue to master the dark art of progressive post-hardcore, with the addition of a little math rock and melodic ambience.


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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