Don’t let the Beast From The East stop you from getting out and about this week, because freezing temperatures aren’t the only visitor to our shores… Manchester has some huge shows on offer over the next seven days, so wrap up warm and read on for our picks!

Monday 26th: First Aid Kit (Albert Hall)

// Swedish folk sisters First Aid Kit start us off this week, with their first night of twin shows on Peter Street. The Söderberg sisters have just released their fourth album, building on the previous successes of gold-selling ‘The Lion’s Roar’ and 2014’s ‘Stay Gold’.

Tuesday 27th: Playboi Carti (The Ritz), First Aid Kit (Albert Hall)

// Looking like the next Big Thing in hip hop’s latest wave, US rapper, songwriter and model Playboi Carti drops into The Ritz riding high on last year’s eponymous mixtape. Back at the Albert Hall, First Aid Kit return for a second outing.

Wednesday 28th: Nils Frahm (Albert Hall)

// Anticipation is sky high for another visit from electronic neo-classical musician Nils Frahm, possessing a reputation as one of the finest live acts touring today. His show comes a month after the release of latest record ‘All Melody’, recorded in a bespoke studio in Berlin.

Thursday 1st: Castlemania (The Albert Hall)

// We’re back at the Albert Hall where (Thee) Oh Sees return to Manchester along with a line-up of Castle Face Records bands. John Dwyer & Co. released their twentieth LP last year, ‘Memory of a Cut Off Head’, and will be joined by Once And Future Band, Kelley Stoltz, Flat Worm and Male Gaze. Read our full preview here.

Friday 2nd: Tom Misch (The Ritz), Arcane Roots (Gorilla), Gilles Peterson (Gorilla)

// Following in the footsteps of his sister Laura, who performed on Sunday at the Castle Hotel, South London producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch brings his feel-good show to The Ritz. Elsewhere, rock trio Arcane Roots turn things up to 11 at Gorilla supporting their latest release ‘Melancholia Hymns’, followed by 6Music’s Gilles Peterson, taking over for a special night of worldly music.

Saturday 3rd: Horsebeach (Soup Kitchen), Mouse Blood (Academy), Girls On Film (Deaf Institute)

// Catch local indie outfit Horsebeach delivering another nuanced pop performance down in Soup’s basement, while emo revivalists Mouse Blood head to a packed out Academy. Deaf will be hosting another 80s extravaganza in the shape of Girls On Film, spinning ’til 4am.

Sunday 4th: Elbow (The Arena), Soccer Mommy (Castle Hotel)

// Our very own Elbow play a huge homecoming show at the Arena, following a four-night residency at The Apollo last year. Castle Hotel host budding US singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy.

See you next week!


A full listing of this week’s events may be found here.

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