Moving into the last full week of November, we’re trying to resist too much festive talk before we turn the knobs up to 11 and dive head first into a Christmas countdown. As usual, we’re expecting a crop of musical treats in the city this week, including a few theatre specials. Read on for our picks over the next seven days in Manchester…
Monday 20th: Pussy Riot: Riot Days (Gorilla)
// We kick off with notorious protest art collective Pussy Riot, who bring their new theatre show to MCR at Gorilla. Since they first attracted global attention for a series of protests and performances in their native Russia which found some members in prison, the collective have recorded and released several new videos.
// We’re looking forward to a performance from 6Music favourites The Moonlandingz, who began life as Sheffield’s electro-duo ‘Eccentronic Research Council’ before finding fans with their “cosmic synth krautabilly group doing fuzzy Joe Meek-style pop“. Montreal outfit Wolf Parade bring their take on new wave and powerpop to Gorilla, marking a return to form with ‘Cry Cry Cry’, the band’s thunderous first album in seven years.
// Expect a concoction of soul, psychedelia, blues and rock cooked up in Soup Kitchen’s basement This Wednesday, with US experimenters Algiers. Elsewhere, budding indie trio Blaenavon have just kicked off a European tour, before heading to the US early next year supporting debut LP ‘That’s Your Lot’.
// Indie-folk’s finest are back. Fleet Foxes‘ new LP ‘Crack-Up‘, their first album in six years, has seen the Seattle outfit make a welcome return to the live circuit. The White Hotel offer a rare chance to catch lo-fi synthpop retrofuturist John Maus, in town with new album ‘Screen Memories’ under his belt.
// Dark and brooding Mancunian rockers The Slow Readers Club play one of their biggest local shows to date with an evening at The Albert Hall. Also making a welcome return to one of our stages are pop-rock trio Future Islands supporting their fifth LP ‘The Far Field’, picking up where they left off with breakthrough album ‘Singles’ back in 2014. Performance and literary variety show Pen:Chant are set for their latest neo-cabaret night, tapping into Manchester’s reserves of spoken word, comedy, live music, contemporary performance and everything in between. Read our full preview here. One notable mention goes to The Night & Day Café, celebrating 26 years at 26 Oldham Street by throwing one big ole party, with live bands and DJs spinning late into the night.
// King of the slacker-rock, Pepperoni Playboy himself Mac DeMarco returns to the UK and has been kind enough to visit Manchester for the first time in two years. Pen:Chant head back HOME for their second night of spoken word, music and comedy and Hacienda Classical runs again, accompanied by an orchestra performing the Madchester classics we know and love at The Apollo.
Sunday 26th: Thom Morecroft and Chris Tavener (Castle Hotel)
// Helping wind down the week, singer-songwriters Thom Morecroft and Chris Tavener are on a co-headline musical tour of the UK. Watch their ‘trailer’ for the tour below.
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!