Festival season is all but over and autumn looks to be wasting no time in surrounding us with a relentless grey and damp backdrop to the days, but hey, we think there’s plenty to look forward to across the city. This week is eclectic as ever, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites for you. Read on for the best in Manchester this week.

Monday 4th: Hell On Earth Tour 2017 (Rebellion)

// Monday kicks off with a bang as Rebellion turn things up to 11, welcoming the Hell On Earth Tour stopping off in the city during their European adventure, featuring the superbly named Cattle Decapitation, Broken Hope, Hideous Divinity and (we saved the best ’til last) Gloryhole Guillotine.

Tuesday 5th: Waxahatchee (Gorilla)

// Waxahatchee (the musical vehicle of American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield) arrives in Manchester on a wave of acclaim for her fourth offering ‘Out in the Storm’. Listen to latest single ‘Recite Remorse’ below.

Wednesday 6th: Paul Kelly + Robert Vincent (Band On The Wall)

// Gorilla welcome Philadelphia four-piece The Districts to town, returning with their first new music since 2015’s ‘A Flourish and a Spoil’, while Australian guitarist Paul Kelly marked his returned to form this year with ‘Life Is Fine’, supported now with a tour across Europe and the US.

Thursday 7th: Lowkey (The Ritz)

// Following a four-year hiatus from music, rapper and political activist Lowkey is back in Manchester at The Ritz. Since his comeback last year, Lowkey has released powerful singles ‘Ahmed’, ‘Children of Diaspora’ and most recently ‘The Death Of Neoliberalism’. Read our full preview here.

Friday 8th: Girlpool (Gorilla) , The Moods ‘Missing Peace’ Album Launch (The Ritz)

// Following a busy summer of gigs across the UK, electro hip-hop reggae collective The Moods are also heading to The Ritz, set to launch their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Missing Peace’ (read our full preview here). Elsewhere, LA folk-punk duo Girlpool check in to Gorilla.

Saturday 9th: WAX: Funk Disco Boogie Soul – Chic & Nile Rodgers Special (Soup Kitchen), Part Chimp / Mums / Bodies On Everest (Soup Kitchen), Pen:Chant #21 feat. Byron Vincent, Zoe Kyoti & Reece Williams (Roundabout), Secret Affair (Band On The Wall)

// Soup Kitchen have been kind enough to cater for all your Saturday night needs, first welcoming a trio of budding indie acts in the shape of Part Chimp, Mums and Bodies On Everest, before spinning funk, disco and soul classics for another instalment of boogie night WAX. Performance and literary variety show Pen:Chant return with a new show at pop-up theatre Roundabout, tapping into Manchester’s reserves of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, Band On The Wall host mod revivalists Secret Affair following their reformation in 2002.

Sunday 10th: Bright Light Bright Light (Deaf Institute), H.Hawkline + Younghusband (Soup Kitchen)

// Deaf welcomes Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas (AKA Bright Light Bright Light) on a short tour of the UK supporting new EP ‘I Only Want To Please You’, a follow up to July’s ‘Tales of the City’ and companion piece to 2016’s ‘Choreography’. Fellow Welshman Huw Evans (indie-folk outfit H. Hawkline to you and me) will also be crossing the border to visit our fair city, dropping into Soup Kitchen with alt-rock quartet Younghusband.


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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