Hello there. This week in Manchester, we’re expecting another fine bundle of shows from the usual set of budding musical minnows taking their first steps on the live circuit, alongside performances from the music ladder’s elite. Read on to see who we’re looking forward to watching, stepping out onto the hallowed turf of Manchester’s finest stages over the next seven days.
// Toronto indie pop quartet Alvvays return to the city having visited Gorilla just five months ago. They’ll be playing their biggest Manchester show to date, out supporting last year’s ‘Antisocialites’. Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy also helps get things started this week at Gorilla following several years honing his craft, resulting in several singles and EPs.
Tuesday 20th: Indoor Pets (Deaf Institute)
// Former Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon is out and about on a Spring tour the UK with new backing band The Howling Weather, now with first solo album ‘Painkillers’ under his belt. Elsewhere, rapper/producer Wiley will be packing out Academy 2 following the release of ‘Godfather II’ last week.
// For those who struggled to keep up with Aussie psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s FIVE albums last year, allow them to keep you up to date with a night at the Academy. Head to Soup Kitchen for a new monthly evening of music, Ono+, playing eclectic records and “ear pleasing sounds” in general.
Friday 23rd: Free Vibes X Amazing Radio: TVAM, Then Thickens, Witch Fever, Koalas + DJ Shell Zenner (Band On The Wall), Marlon Williams (Night & Day Café), Fatboy Slim (Albert Hall), Ultimate Power (The Ritz)
// Band On The Wall host another FREE evening of music, courtesy of Manchester’s finest budding artists including synth-pop duo Koalas and scuzzy indie outfit Witch Fever. Kiwi singer-songwriter Marlon Williams rocks up at the Night & Day, making great strides on the back of ‘Make Way for Love‘ and elsewhere, Fatboy Slim will be packing out the Albert Hall and power ballad extravaganza Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz again for their monthly blow out.
// Dublin hip hop producer Rejjie Snow has just dropped his debut album ‘Dear Annie‘, so we couldn’t think of a better time to catch him live. Neo-soul artist Rex Orange Country (AKA Alex O’Connor) spends the evening at Gorilla, followed by a club night from the Mall Grab boys.
// Singer, songwriter and saxophonist Laura Misch brings her one-woman show to Gullivers to close the week, supporting debut EP ‘Shaped By Who We Knew‘. Just across the road, the Castle Hotel hosts San Fran cool crew Cool Ghouls. Oh, and Band On The Wall are screening a double bill of Waynes World 1 AND 2…
A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.