Freshers Week has reared its messy head again, and we’re focussing our attention on upcoming club nights as we welcome another year of bright-eyed students to Manchester. We’re looking ahead to topical discos, 80s extravaganzas, all-nighters, alt-rock club nights as well as the usual array of stellar shows. Read on for our picks…

Monday 18th: Sigur Rós (The Apollo), Remake Remodel An Alternative Freshers 2017 (Soup Kitchen)

// Icelandic ambient talismans Sigur Rós complete their three-night residency at The Apollo on their current extensive tour, with avid fans hoping it’s a sign of new music on the horizon. Soup Kitchen waste no time welcoming students through their doors with another edition of all-rock all-nighter Remake Remodel.

Tuesday 19th: Minami Deutsch (Soup Kitchen)

// Back over at Soup, Japanese psychedelic krautrock troupe Minami Deutsch are in town, no doubt selling out Soup Kitchen this week. Their performance at last year’s Liverpool Psych Fest was one of the weekend’s stand-outs, again cementing their status as a formidable live act.

Wednesday 20th: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (Castle Hotel), Brazil 2 Bollywood: Sounds From Around The Globe (Soup Kitchen)

// Experimental rock stalwarts Slim Cessna’s Auto Club mark a welcome return to the live circuit with an appearance the Castle, and Soup Kitchen host a night of global sounds catering to all tastes, spinning ’til the early hours.

Thursday 21st: Avec Sans (Castle Hotel), Tropical Disco Hustle Manchester! (Soup Kitchen)

// Déjà Vu much? We’re back at the Castle Hotel where electro pop duo Avec Sans are offering another of their energetic live sets, which coupled with their dreamy electronics and stylistic approach has previously seen them named band of the year by fashion giants Dolce And Gabbana. If you fancy doing it all over again, head to Soup afterwards as they’re hosting another night of tropical tunes until 4am, with a FREE Tropical Disco!

Friday 22nd: Sparks (The Ritz), King No-One (Gorilla), Meandyou (Soup Kitchen), Propaganda (Band On The Wall)

// Revered American twosome Sparks mark a welcome return to UK stages supporting latest release ‘Hippopotamus’, their 23rd studio album. The Mael brothers have spent five decades churning out classic after classic, still showing no signs of slowing down. Indie quartet King No-One take to Gorilla and Meandyou will be spinning ’til the early hours over at Soup. Band On The Wall are another name dipping their toes into the Freshers pool, with alt-rock club night Propaganda (drinks from £1, guys).

Saturday 23rd: Pangaea Festival (Student’s Union/Manchester Academy), Kiran Leonard + Leantime (Band On The Wall), Micah P. Hinson (Deaf Institute), Dre Day (The Ruby Lounge)

// Party with thousands of students on the biggest night of Freshers with Pangaea Festival at the University of Manchester’s Student Union, with live music from Wiley, Jaguar Skills, Dutch Uncles, Etherwood and many more. Over at Band On The Wall, Saddleworth songwriter Kiran Leonard debuts his highly anticipated LP ‘Derevaun Seraun’ and Micah P Hinson’s self-described “modern folk opera” will be finding its latest form at Deaf. Back in the city centre, The Ruby Lounge are hosting a special clubnight to celebrate all you Dr. Dre devotees, playing his biggest tracks all night, along with all he has touched and influenced.

Sunday 24th: Erja Lyytinen (Band On The Wall)

// Finnish singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Erja Lyytinen embarks on her UK tour this week supporting new LP ‘Stolen Hearts’, stopping off at Band On The Wall to help end the week on a high.


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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