Though winter only ‘officially’ begins on December 21st, we know that won’t put you off getting seasonal this week with the arrival of Halloween and Bonfire Night. We still have a few more spooky suggestions for you to get your fancy dress out for, so take a look at our run-down of what’s on here. Away from those nightmarish goings-on, here’s what else we’re looking forward to this week in Manchester…

Monday 30th: Tina Guo: Game On! (The Albert Hall)

// World-renowned cellist and composer Tina Guo kicks off the week in electrifying fashion with a night of film scores, iconic gaming themes and classical pieces. Check out her unique take on Final Fantasy below…

Tuesday 31st: Kaleo (The Apollo), Wesley Gonzalez (Gullivers)

// Happy Halloween! The big ole’ spooky night finally arrives, perhaps to something of an anti-climax considering the antics over the weekend. However, we’re sure you don’t need an excuse to don a bit more fancy dress and head over to Gullivers, where former Let’s Wrestle frontman Wesley Gonzalez will be appearing following the release of debut LP ‘Excellent Musician’, supported by local indie cohort Wedding. Over at The Apollo, Icelandic blues/rock quartet Kaleo visit on a world tour.

Wednesday 1st: !!! (Gorilla), Pixx (Soup Kitchen) Zola Jesus & Devon Welsh (Band On The Wall)

// California dance/punk outfit !!! (Chk Chk Chk) released their seventh album ‘Shake The Shudder‘ this year, and will be kicking the BPM up a few notches at Gorilla. Down in the Soup Kitchen basement you can expect a visit from indie electropop artist Pixx on a wave of acclaim for her debut album ‘The Age of Anxiety’, while prolific singer-songwriter Zola Jesus offers her unique take on gothic pop at Band On The Wall. It’s also worth noting that Castle Hotel are hosting a cosy free night of acoustic sets, the Lamplight Sessions.

Thursday 2nd: Peter Perrett (Gorilla)

// Following a welcome return to music, punk veteran and The Only Ones frontman Peter Perrett visits Manchester on his ‘How The West Was Won’ tour. Following a self-imposed musical exile for twenty years, Perrett’s return to the live circuit has also been supported with a debut solo album, released this summer.

Friday 3rd: Bugzy Malone (The Apollo), Perfume Genius (Gorilla)

// Perfume Genius‘ fourth record, ‘No Shape’ was met with widespread positivity this summer and fans are anticipating his visit to the city this week for an intimate show at Gorilla. Elsewhere, Mancunian grime artist Bugzy Malone offers a homecoming show following latest release, ‘King of the North’. His last two EPs, both self-released, reached the Top 10 in the UK album chart.

Saturday 4th: Liam Fray (The Albert Hall), Henge (Deaf Institute)

// Courteeners frontman Liam Fray takes on a series of intimate acoustic shows across the country, stopping off at the Albert Hall for two nights promising Courteeners classics as well as a “deep dive into rarely heard songs from the band’s decade old back catalogue”. Cosmic rockers Henge pay a visit to Deaf from their “home planet of Agricular in Cosmos Redshift 7″…

Sunday 5th: Father John Misty (The Apollo)

// If you’re not busy warming your hands by a bonfire, we suggest you head to the Apollo to warm your soul with the visit of troubadour Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty. Despite only recently finding a wider audience, his recent release ‘Pure Comedy’ was his eleventh solo studio album in a career stretching back to 2003.


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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