Spring is well and truly in the air, that is, until this weekend at least… As the Easter weekend approaches with a week packed full of gigs and cultural events to unwrap, we’re here to offer our picks on what to look out for around Manchester in anticipation of a four-day weekend…

Monday 26th: Homesteads (The Castle Hotel)

// We start with Sheffield’s five-piece rock outfit Homesteads, possessing “the kind of choruses you love stumbling home humming to at 3am”. Find out for yourself…

Tuesday 27th: Ady Suleiman (Gorilla)

// Ady Suleiman heads back to Manchester following a sold out show at Deaf, now supporting debut album ‘Memories’ released on 9th March.

Wednesday 28th: MØ (The Ritz), Black Foxxes (Deaf Institute)

// Scandinavian pop is on a high right now. One of their biggest exports of recent years is Danish darling . Still to follow up her 2014 debut ‘No Mythologies To Follow’, her last appearance at The Ritz proved to be “a much-needed injection of uninhibited pop“. Elsewhere, three-piece Black Foxxes are also Manchester-bound, set to play Deaf with a new album in tow. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 29th: Dr Alex Paterson (Night & Day Café)

// Fresh from spending the last few months finishing a brand new Orb album which looks to be hitting the shelves later this year, Dr Alex Paterson is taking time out to bring his scintillating DJ set to venues across the country.

Friday 30th: Sunflower Bean (Gorilla), Oddity Road (Deaf Institute), Ultimate Power (The Ritz), Cosmic Slop (Soup Kitchen)

// Fresh from following up ‘Human Ceremony’ with sophomore album ‘Twentytwo in Blue’, Brooklyn trio Sunflower Bean visit the city once more while young indie quartet Oddity Road play one of their biggest MCR shows to date. Taking us through the night, The Ritz open their doors again for another power ballad extravaganza courtesy of Ultimate Power, while Leeds-based party people Cosmic Slop take over Soup for an evening of bass, beats and boogie, raising money for MAP Charity.

Saturday 31st: SOFIAHH (Eagle Inn), Embrace (The Ritz), No Age + Vital Idles (Soup Kitchen), Goat Girl (Deaf Institute)

// Newly-formed Manchester cohort SOFIAHH will play their first headline show in the city for over a year, dropping in at the Eagle Inn. Read our full preview here. Soup Kitchen host US noise rock outfit No Age while South London indie quartet Goat Girl offer another raucous set in the city, this week taking the stage at Deaf. Back at The Ritz, Ultimate Power offer an extra one-off Spring special following a return to stage from pop-rock stalwarts Embrace.

Sunday 1st: Rubypalooza (The Ruby Lounge), Bollox Queer Riot (Deaf Institute)

// Four day weekend! Put down the chocolate and get back out to make the most of an abundance of Easter specials. The Ruby Lounge host “the greatest alternative 90’s tribute event ever” in the shape of Rubypalooza. Manchester’s “feistiest LGBTQ+ party” Bollox returns to Deaf for a Bank Holiday Easter Sunday riot.

See you next week!


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

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