Hurricane Ophelia seems to be on everyone’s lips as she hits the country this week, so far giving the city a Saharan glow that wouldn’t look out of place in Blade Runner. Thankfully, we’ll escape the brunt of it, but now autumn is upon us everyone’s heading indoors where our venues are quickly filling up with the cream of music’s crop. Here’s what’s we’re looking forward to in Manchester over the next seven days…
Monday 16th: Kele Okereke (Deaf Institute)
// Bloc Party frontman and acclaimed solo artist Kele Okereke ditches electronica in favour of folkier climates on latest and third LP ‘Fatherland’. Though Bloc Party show no signs of calling it a day just yet, Kele has wasted no time quickly building a name in his own right.
// Dark indie pop trio London Grammar head to The Apollo for the first of two shows this week, while cult singer-songwriter Beth Ditto takes over The Albert Hall following the release of latest record ‘Fake Sugar’. Check out the video for single ‘Fire’ below.
// Manchester will be blessed by three talented indie pop songstresses, come Wednesday. We begin at The Apollo, where St. Vincent visits supporting her latest album ‘Masseduction’; read our full preview here. Night & Day host soulful singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vagabon, following a wave of acclaim for debut LP ‘Infinite Worlds’. Last but by no means least, over at Soup we’re treated to Californian indie folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers following the release of her debut album ‘Stranger In The Alps’. Read our preview here.
// Soup Kitchen meets all your needs for a raucous Thursday night, first starting with London-based punk-fuelled slack metal trio Slowcoaches, teaming up with local outfit Patty Hearst. They’ll be followed by DJ/Producer Francis Inferno Orchestra, spinning until the early hours.
// London Grammar finish their short spell in the city with a second night at The Apollo, while The Albert Hall keep their doors open late with enigmatic producer Marshmello, with support from Slushii and Darkzy.
// Forest Swords, stage name of The Wirral’s Matthew Barnes, released second LP ‘Compassion’ earlier in the year. Nell Bryden is at Deaf (stick around afterwards for another instalment of 80s extravaganza Girls On Film).
Sunday 22nd: Ombra: A Comfortable On A Tightrope & Grey Lantern All-Day Event (Soup Kitchen)
// We return to Soup Kitchen to end the week, where an array of acts are descending for a new all-dayer from Comfortable on a Tightrope and Grey Lantern. Musical, we’ll be treated to Carla Dal Forno, Hiro Kone, The World, Vital Idles, Ashtray Navigations, Meddicine, Anna Peaker. See you there.
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!