With the smell of Bonfire Night still in the air we reluctantly have to move forward into the icy grip of winter, thankfully with some very special gigs on offer to help ease the pain. We’ve been looking ahead to what’s going off in Manchester over the next seven days…

Monday 6th: Goat Girl (Gullivers)

// Raucous indie quartet Goat Girl kick off the week at Gullivers, with a crowd expectant of “a firestorm of sharp riffs and lyrical anger“. Listen to latest single ‘Cracker Drool’ below.

Tuesday 7th: Torres (Soup Kitchen), Julia Jacklin (Gorilla)

// Riding high on a wave of acclaim for third album ‘Three Futures’, singer-songwriter Torres drops into the Soup Kitchen basement while Gorilla host Australian indie-country artist Julia Jacklin, supporting her sophomore effort ‘Eastwick / Cold Caller’.

Wednesday 8th: Angus & Julia Stone (The Ritz)

// Another artist making travelling across the globe to grace one of our stages are Sydney siblings Angus & Julia Stone, taking over The Ritz in support of their recently released fourth LP ‘Snow’.

Thursday 9th: Run The Jewels (Victoria Warehouse), Wolf Alice (The Apollo)

// With the release of their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Visions Of A Life’, North London quartet Wolf Alice will be back in the city at The Apollo, following on from an intimate appearance at HMV last month. US hip hop duo Run The Jewels arrive in Manchester on their ‘Run The World Tour’, stretching into next April. El-P and Killer Mike have seen off a very successful 2017, which saw them share a set at Glastonbury with Jeremy Corbyn and see their third LP ‘RTJ3’ climb into the UK and US top 40.

Friday 10th: The Lemon Twigs (The Ritz) Low Island (Deaf Institute), Let’s Make This Precious (Night & Day Café)

// Another pair of sonic siblings in town this week are Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, or as you may know them, The Lemon Twigs. Elsewhere, Oxford quartet Low Island drop into Deaf while Night & Day keep their doors open late for another edition of indie disco Let’s Make This Precious.

Saturday 11th: The People’s Concert (The Albert Hall), Blondie (The Apollo)

// The Albert Hall celebrate their musical heritage with a special one-off concert, inspired by a century-old concert programme held exactly 100 years ago to the day. Headlined by Field Music, British Sea Power and Dutch Uncles, the People’s Concert is “a modern celebration for the people of Manchester”. Over at the Apollo, 80s pop superstars Blondie return to the city, with Debbie Harry still retaining the title of pop’s evergreen Queen.

Sunday 12th: Andrew Hung (Soup Kitchen), The War On Drugs (The Apollo), Julie Byrne (Band On The Wall)

// Philly psych-rock outfit The War On Drugs begin the first of two nights at The Apollo following the release of ‘A Deeper Understanding’. The indie rockers (led by Adam Granduciel) haven’t offered a serious release since 2014, when their third album ‘Lost In The Dream‘ opened the band up to mainstream success and universal acclaim. Over at Soup, one half of electronic Fuck Buttons Andrew Hung is in the city on a tour supporting his debut LP, while thoughtful singer-songwriter Julie Byrne takes the stage at Band On The Wall to bring the week to a close.


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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