We’ve got another big year of music ahead. 2017 threw up some superb live shows in the shape of Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher, The Courteeners and the poignant We Are Manchester and One Love Manchester events, along with many more. Looking ahead, 2018 has just as many treats laid out for us. Read on for our picks…

Mogwai @ The Albert Hall // 2nd + 4th February

// Scottish alt-rock legends Mogwai play Manchester this spring on a major world tour, having a second date at the Albert Hall due to phenomenal demand.

Kendrick Lamar @ Manchester Arena // 10th February

// Probably the best name in rap right now, Lamar hasn’t played Manchester since 2013. This one will be special, especially with the added support of James Blake.

Wild Beasts @ The Apollo // 16th February

// Having announced that they would be splitting up after fifteen years together, Wild Beasts’ show at the Albert Hall was quickly moved to The Apollo following phenomenal demand. Your last chance to catch the influential quartet!

Nils Frahm @ The Albert Hall // 28th February

// His last show at The Albert Hall in 2015 was very special indeed. “Beautifully melliflouous piano tones floating around our serene space”, said the Albert Hall. Don’t miss another chance to catch the neo-classical musician in their beautiful surrounds.

Castlemania @ The Albert Hall // 1st March

// Having played to a sold out the Academy last summer, (Thee) Oh Sees will be joined by four of their Castle Face label mates for an extravaganza at the Albert Hall.

Everything Everything @ The Apollo // 9th March

// Local indie quartet Everything Everything embark on their biggest tour to date, including a huge show at the Apollo.

Flight Of The Conchords @ Manchester Arena // 23rd March

// New Zealand’s “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” Flight of the Conchords bring their live show back to England, complete with afterparty at Deaf from 11pm.

Arcade Fire @ Manchester Arena // 8th April

Following an acclaimed run of shows across the UK and Europe last summer, Arcade Fire have announced a headline tour for Spring, which sees the immensely popular alt-rock outfit play Manchester Arena

The Streets @ The Apollo // 21st April

// Making his highly anticipated return to the live music, Mike Skinner brings The Streets back to the stage, performing live for the first time in seven years.

Noel Gallagher @ Manchester Arena // 4th May

// Will they/won’t they? While an Oasis reunion may not be on the cards any time soon, Noel Gallagher is still making waves in his own solo career, returning home for another huge show with his High Flying Birds.

Sounds From The Other City @ Various Venues // 8th May

// Based in and around Chapel Street, Salford, SFTOC returns this bank holiday Sunday on 8th May. Though we don’t have acts on the bill yet, promoters involved again this year include Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, Grey Lantern, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Fat Out & friends, and Bad Uncle.

Ed Sheeran @ The Etihad Stadium // 24th, 25th, 26th + 27th May

// Pop sensation Ed Sheeran drops in City’s ground. He blew away Glastonbury last year with a solo set, accompanied by just a guitar and effects pedal in front of the huge crowd.

Dot to Dot @ Various Venues // 26th May

// So, names haven’t been announced for this yet, but D2D Fest is always a date to put in your calendar. Stretching over three cities, last year’s instalment in Manchester was one of the best yet.

Taylor Swift @ The Etihad Stadium // 8th + 9th June

// Not far behind BFF Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift also heads to the Etihad supporting last year’s huge release ‘Reputation’.

Patti Smith @ The Apollo // 5th June

// Revered singer-songwriter Patti Smith plays Manchester for the first time in three years.

LCD Soundsystem @ The Apollo // 6th June

// NYC alt-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem are back in city, looking for follow up on last year’s sell-out night at the Warehouse Project.

A Perfect Circle @ The Apollo // 12th June

// US supergroup A Perfect Circle return, having announced work on a new album and a North American tour, along with dates in the UK.

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience @ Manchester Arena // 12th June

// Can’t wait until next year for your GoT fix? The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will give fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the series.

Foo Fighters @ The Etihad Stadium // 19th June

// Dave Grohl & Co. embark on another mammoth world stadium tour, including three dates in England. Those up North will have to settle for just the one night at the Etihad.

Sounds of the City @ Castlefield Bowl // 29th June

// The stunning Castlefield Bowl once again invites a host of big names to their (hopefully) sun-drenched venue, this year including Shed Seven, Hacienda Classical, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and Elvis Costello.

Liam Gallagher @ Emirates Old Trafford // 18th August

// Rock’n’Roll Star LG plays another huge homecoming show this year following an appearance at the Arena last December.

League of Gentlemen Live @ Manchester Arena // 1st September

// The League of Gentlemen will return to the stage for their first UK tour in over twelve years with their brand new live show.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO @ Manchester Arena // 5th October

// Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra return to Manchester Arena on a new tour, which in 2016 saw them sell out stadiums across the world.

Fat Freddy’s Drop @ Academy 1 // 3rd November

Dub reggae boogie band Fat Freddy’s Drop are set to return to Manchester having whipped Victoria Warehouse into a frenzy last summer.

The Human League @ Manchester Arena // 24th November

// Electro-pop pioneers The Human League are still going strong, heading to Manchester on an extensive European tour this November.


Full listings 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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