Brace yourselves, December is on the horizon. Despite the plummeting temperatures, there’s still plenty on offer in our venues to warm the soul as we walk into a winter wonderland. We’ve been checking out what’s on offer in Manchester this week, so read on for our guide to the next seven days…

Monday 27th: We Were Promised Jetpacks (Soup Kitchen)

// We get started with a visit from Scottish indie quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks, back out touring with new material, a sign of an upcoming LP, fans are hoping.

Tuesday 28th: The Divine Comedy (The Ritz), PVRIS (The Apollo), Lowly (Castle Hotel)

// Neil Hannon, the Commander-in-Chief of orchestral pop vehicle The Divine Comedy returns to Manchester for the second time this year, now eleven albums-deep into his eclectic career. Elsewhere, Massachusetts trio PVRIS drop into The Apollo supporting ‘All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’ and noise-pop five-piece Lowly offer an intimate showing at the Castle Hotel.

Wednesday 29th: BETSY (Gorilla), Alfa Mist + Kaya Thomas-Dyke (Soup Kitchen)

// “She’s statuesque, platinum blonde, glamorous and has a voice like an Annie Lennox/Cher/Shirley Bassey collaboration” – BETSY is in Manchester this Wednesday, and you can read our full preview here. Over at Soup Kitchen, we’ll be hearing from forward-thinking jazz musician Alfa Mist, with special guests.

Thursday 30th: Jane Weaver (The Ritz), Charles Howl (Soup Kitchen), faUSt (Gorilla)

// Having seen off two decades and nine albums across her prolific career, Jane Weaver has only just seen herself thrust into the spotlight, with this year’s release ‘Modern Kosmology’, helped by addictive lead single ‘The Architect’. The North West singer-songwriter plays one of her biggest MCR dates so far this Thursday. Back over at Soup, Charles Howl, London-based brit-psyche group, will be packing out the basement and Krautrock legends faUSt head to Gorilla for a one-off collaboration with Manchester’s very own alternative noise creatives GNOD.

Friday 1st: Gorillaz (The Arena), Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (The Albert Hall), Steve Davis & Kavus Torabi (Deaf Institute)

// “Virtual band” Gorillaz have come a long way, haven’t they? Admired these days for a series of superb collaborators with eclectic artists over recent years, the band continue to fill huge venues with their audio/visual spectacle. Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (of Beautiful South fame) play their second and final night at The Albert Hall on Friday. Legendary snooker player (and first to get a televised 147 break) Steve Davis will be visiting Deaf for a special DJ set with British-Iranian composer & musician Kavus Torabi.

Saturday 2nd: The Charlatans (The Apollo), Nick Murphy (Formerly Chet Faker) (Deaf Institute), 45 Live Featuring Jon More (Night & Day Café)

// Led by the evergreen Tim Burgess, Madchester favourites The Charlatans continue to spread the love following the release of thirteenth album ‘Different Days’. Having killed off ‘Chet Faker’, Australian phenomenon Nick Murphy is bringing his blend of downtempo electronica soul to The Albert Hall, hitting The UK for some huge shows. Back once again the 45 Live crew are set to take over at Night and Day Café, where Jon More will be supported by and local create diggers Beatphreak, Paul Thornton, Phil Austin and Shaun Foran spinning 7″ classics into the small hours.

Sunday 3rd: RAY BLK (Band On The Wall)

// What better way to end the week than take in the sounds of BBC Music Sound of 2017 winner Ray BLK? Listen to recent track with Stormzy below, an “ode to their south London hood”.

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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