Though it’s still technically summer, the UK’s segue into autumn has been as rapid as ever, but with the help of some excellent gigs there’s plenty to warm your soul this week in Manchester. We’re visited by a huge array of talent over the next seven days, so read on for our favourite picks…

Monday 2nd: Tim Hecker (The White Hotel)

// Experimental electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker makes a rare trip to Manchester on a short UK tour, brining a ‘past-meets-present’ blend of dense electronic to Salford’s White Hotel.

Tuesday 3rd: Cold Specks (Night & Day Café)

// Canadian singer-songwriter Cold Specks (stage name of Ladan Hussein) will be taking the stage at Night & Day Café, no doubt offering a few treats from her latest soulful LP, ‘Fool’s Paradise’.

Wednesday 4th: Nick Mulvey (The Ritz)

// First finding success with acclaimed experimental jazz outfit Portico Quartet, Nick Mulvey is currently travelling the UK and Ireland on a seventeen-date headline tour this Autumn, following the release of his sophomore LP ‘Wake Up Now’. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 5th: DJ Shadow (Albert Hall), Shellac (Academy 2) Tori Amos (Palace Theatre), Vessels (Soup Kitchen)

// Revered producer and seminal electronic artist DJ Shadow ends his current tour with a short circuit of the UK, stopping off in Manchester before Bristol and London. Legendary producer and musician Steve Albini continues to show off his credentials with raucous math rock troupe Shellac, back in the UK on another short tour. Elsewhere, evergreen songstress Tori Amos will be on at the Palace Theatre, trilling fans while supporting latest LP ‘Native Invader’ and Leeds post-rockers Vessels take over Soup Kitchen.

Friday 6th: Grizzly Bear (Albert Hall), GAS (RNCM)

// Grizzly Bear released their fifth studio album ‘Painted Ruins‘ to great acclaim last month, now the American rock quartet are continuing on the European stretch of current tour, while the Royal Northern College of Music host techno innovator Wolfgang Voigt, also known as ambient producer GAS. The musician and composer recently returned to the GAS moniker with his first album in seventeen years.

Saturday 7th: Neighbourhood Festival (Various Venues), Kiss Me Again #14 w/ Annabel Fraser (Soup Kitchen)

// Saturday sees the welcome return of Neighbourhood Festival; a festival that is literally stuffed to the brim with indie acts, up and coming singers and headlining favourites, this year headlined by Peace and Rat Boy. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, following packed-out Pride party Soup Kitchen host another Kiss Me Again special, this time around with local DJ Annabel Fraser.

Sunday 8th: Dragonforce (Sound Control)

// Sound Control end the week on a high with extreme melodic power metal band DragonForce, still going strong having released seventh LP ‘Reaching into Infinity’ earlier this year.


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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