Valentine’s Day creeped up on us, didn’t it? Whether you’re looking ahead to the special day with a solitary lack of enthusiasm or sense of romantic zeal, a holiday based on love is always going to go hand in hand with music. Love isn’t the only thing in the air this week, as we look ahead to the vibrations and sound waves emitting from the Manchester’s finest venues over the next seven days.

Monday 12th: Flood Manual (Castle Hotel), INHEAVEN (Deaf Institute)

// We get the week started in the company of South London quartet INHEAVEN drop into Deaf having found plenty of fans with the release of their eponymous debut album last year, while Manchester’s very own ‘Flannel Punks’, Flood Manual take over The Castle Hotel for one night only.

Tuesday 13th: Franz Ferdinand (The Albert Hall)

// Noughties indie-pop giants Franz Ferdinand have made a welcome return to the charts with ‘Always Ascending’, their first studio album since 2013, backed up with an extensive world tour.

Wednesday 14th: Mica Paris – Sings Ella Fitzgerald (The Ruby Lounge), RAD Screenings Valentine’s Special (Gorilla), Jen Cloher (Deaf Institute)

// And so we come to the special night <3 For all you couples, our pick has to be Mica Paris‘ take on the Queen of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald down in the Ruby Lounge. Gorilla host another Rad screening, with a double bill of Singles and Chasing Amy while elsewhere and back to music, revered Australian singer-songwriter Jen Cloher stops off at Deaf.

Thursday 15th: Willy Mason (Deaf Institute), Jess and The Bandits & Gary Quinn (The Ruby Lounge)

// Thursday offers a rare visit from underground folk singer-songwriter Willy Mason, while a good dose of Texan country twang will be spilling out from the Ruby Lounge when Jess And The Bandits take the stage.

Friday 16th: Wild Beasts (The Apollo), Cassia (Band On The Wall), Willy Mason (Castle Hotel)

// Revered indie pop outfit Wild Beasts will bid us a fond farewell this Friday, performing their last ever show in Manchester at the Apollo, one of three nights in the UK following the announcement of their split. Macclesfield’s calypso-flavoured Cassia are returning to Swan Street’s Band On The Wall for another headline outing. Read our full preview here. Those who missed out on Willy Mason‘s appearance at Deaf on Thursday night may be lucky enough to catch a more intimate offering at the Castle Hotel…

Saturday 17th: The Go! Team (Gorilla), Nick Hakim (Deaf Institute), Dusky (Gorilla)

// Brighton’s eclectic sextet The Go! Team will be out and about supporting fifth LP ‘Semicircle’ at Gorilla, and we suggest sticking around a little longer to enjoy a visit from London party starting duo Dusky, filling the dancefloor until 4am. Elsewhere, the Deaf Institute hosts introspective singer-songwriter Nick Hakim on his latest tour.

Sunday 18th: Kelela (Academy 2), Loney Dear (Soup Kitchen)

// Usually Sunday offers a few dotted intimate shows here and there to help bring the week to a relax close, but we’re spoilt for choice this weekend. R&B singer-songwriter Kelela headlines Academy 2 on a wave of acclaim for debut album ‘Take Me Apart’, while multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen (Loney Dear to you and me) visits Soup Kitchen.

See you next week!

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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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