We’re still grinding through the business end of winter, but to keep our spirits high the city’s venues are filling up as the live music calendar returns to business as usual, boasting the usual wide array of talents. Read on for our picks of the next seven days…

Monday 22nd: Maunder’s Music Presents… (Gullivers)

// Take in a night of great local music on Gulliver’s intimate stage, headlined by trio That’s My Eye, joined by Gathering of Strangers, Solis and Jordan Drinkwater.

Tuesday 23rd: Violet Youth + Riscas, The Covasettes, Alex Tracey (Jimmy’s)

// The dark and delightful Jimmy’s host Blackburn quartet Violet Youth, joined by Riscas, The Covasettes and Alex Tracey to beef up an otherwise quiet Tuesday night.

Wednesday 24th: Cults (Deaf Institute), Lee Fields & The Expressions (Gorilla), August Alsina (The Ritz)

// Wednesday evening makes up for something of a quiet start to the week, with a visit from NYC indie pop duo Cults, dropping into Deaf following the release of their third album ‘Offering’ last October. Possessing a career stretching across six decades, legendary soul crooner Lee Fields knows a thing or two about putting on a good show, so you won’t want to miss his appearance at Gorilla (read our full preview here). Down at the Ritz, R&B Def Jam star August Alsina continues to move from strength to strength with his latest material.

Thursday 25th: Hot Snakes (Gorilla)

// US post-hardcore cohort Hot Snakes are back on the road, and have just announced their first album in fourteen years, ‘Jericho Sirens’. Following a much-welcomed reunion back in 2010, their live shows are explosive as ever.

Friday 26th: Wand (Soup Kitchen), Elder Island (Castle Hotel), Ultimate Power (The Ritz), Free Vibes (Band On The Wall)

// LA-based psych-rock five-piece Wand found fans with the release of their first three albums over just 12 months. Now supporting their recent follow-up ‘Plum’, the band are in the UK for seven dates only, so we advise you don’t miss out. Elsewhere, budding Bristol-based triad Elder Island visit Castle Hotel and power ballad extravaganza Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz again for their monthly blow out. Over at Band On The Wall you’ll catch a night of free music with some of the most exciting artists from Manchester and beyond.

Saturday 27th: The Big Lebowski (Gorilla), Kiss Me Again #17 w/ Very Special Secret Guests (Soup Kitchen), Wolf People (Deaf Institute)

// Soup Kitchen host another edition of LGBT club night Kiss Me Again, and we’re promised some “very special secret guests”… Budding psychedelic rock outfit Wolf People will be appearing at Deaf joined again by our friend Reine Fiske from Dungen. Over at Gorilla, Rad Screenings bring another classic back to the big screen for one night only, this time around showing Coen Brothers favourite The Big Lebowski. The Dude abides.

Sunday 28th: Hip Hop Hooray (Gorilla)

// We’re back at Gorilla, who promise “banging brunches, pimped out prosecco deals and Hip Hop all day long” to wind down the week. Starting from 12pm, they’ll be hosting DJs Andy Shake n Fingerpop, Will Tramp, Kevin Swindells, Rev. Austin, Figure Of WaxS and more! Sounds good to us.

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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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