Cold enough for you? Thought so. Take it over leave it, this is officially the ‘festive season’ again, but we’re slowly coming ’round to the idea. Helping ease the pain of these plummeting temperatures, the Manchester Christmas Markets opened this weekend, and at least one million visitors are expected across the 350 stalls over the coming weeks. We presume you’re one of them, so why not take in a show while you’re out and about? Read on for our musical guide of the next seven days in MCR…

Monday 13th: The War On Drugs (The Apollo), Juice Crew (The Ritz)

// Adam Granduciel helps kick off the week with his Philly psych-rock outfit The War On Drugs, heading to The Apollo for their second and final night there this week, following the release of fourth LP ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, legendary NYC hip hop collective Juice Crew, who made their mark in the golden era of hip hop, will appear at The Ritz having reunited for a run of special shows.

Tuesday 14th: The Killers (The Arena)

// Joining The War On Drugs for twin nights in the city are Brandon Flowers and Co., taking the stage at the Arena this week for twin nights, supporting new LP ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ (including thumping new single ‘The Man’).

Wednesday 15th: Thundercat (The Albert Hall), Protomartyr (Deaf Institute)

// Prog, jazz, funk and everything in-between musician Thundercat returns to Manchester for the second time this year, for his biggest show here yet on the back of huge success for ‘Drunk’. Detroit rock band Protomartyr are another act who’ve seen themselves thrust into the spotlight this year, with their fourth LP, ‘Relatives in Descent’.

Thursday 16th: Bugzy Malone (The Apollo), Marika Hackman (Gorilla),

// Local grime rapper Bugzy Malone has wasted no time making a huge name for himself, and headlines one of his biggest Manchester shows to date this Thursday. Over at Gorilla we’re expecting an adoring crowd in attendance for London’s sultry and soaring Marika Hackman.

Friday 17th: Depeche Mode (The Arena), The Travelling Band (Deaf Institute), Pacemaker Clubnight (Night & Day Café)

// We’re #blessed with a visit of one of the biggest names in electronic music, in the shape of 80s gothic superstars Depeche Mode, currently on a world stadium tour. Mancunian institution The Travelling Band make a return to the stage with a homecoming show at Deaf, and Night & Day keep the tunes spinning ’til late with latest edition of Pacemaker. We also feel obliged to note that the ting goes SKRAAAA over at Gorilla where Big Shaq will be performing until late.

Saturday 18th: Tops (Deaf Institute), Free Vibes (Band On The Wall), Polar States / The Covasettes / The Empire Police (Soup Kitchen)

// Saturday offers a chance to catch Montreal “weirdo-pop” quartet TOPS over at Deaf, on a rare tour of the UK in possession of a burgeoning underground following. Band On The Wall hosting another FREE night of up and coming acts, this week hosting Move + Grimm Twins + Chevron Shawl + Demur. Soup Kitchen invite a trio of headline acts as Polar States, The Covasettes and The Empire Police drop into the basement.

Sunday 19th: Cigarettes After Sex (The Ritz), Aldous Harding (Gorilla)

// Two of the strongest up-and-coming names in indie visit the city. Smokey shoegazers Cigarettes After Sex dropped their debut LP earlier in the Spring, and have already lit up Manchester at Gorilla back in April. Self-described “gothic rock” songstress Aldous Harding headlines Gorilla to help end the week.


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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