You’ll probably be happy to hear that Spring officially begins this week, and along with it come those uplifting seasonal playlists, warmer, brighter days and we may even start looking ahead to festival season, just on the horizon…  With that in mind, this week we’re visited by a bunch of local budding talent along with international artists in full bloom, so read on for our picks for the next seven days on Manchester’s stages.

Monday 19th: Milk Teeth (Deaf Institute)

// Punk four-piece Milk Teeth get things underway this week, stopping off at Deaf on a short tour of the UK (and Germany…)

Tuesday 20th: Banfi + Mummy (Soup Kitchen), Sarah Darling (Night & Day Café)

// East London trio Banfi have been quietly building a steady fanbase, cutting their teeth on the festival circuit with a handful of well received singles. They’ll be heading down to Soup Kitchen, while elsewhere we can expect an authentic dose of US country over at Night & Day with the visit of singer-songwriter Sarah Darling, out supporting latest release ‘Dream Country’.

Wednesday 21st: Django Django (The Ritz)

// With new album ‘Marble Skies’ still fresh on the shelves, sonic adventurers Django Django will be stepping out onto the stage at The Ritz this Wednesday during a new European tour, their first since 2015. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 22nd: Tom Grennan (The Ritz)

// Chase & Status guest vocalist and BBC Sound Of 2017 longlister Tom Grennan treats crowds to his mountainous voice back at The Ritz

Friday 23rd: Flight of the Conchords (The Arena), The Magic Gang (Academy 2), Martha (Soup Kitchen), The Vice City 80s Party (The Ruby Lounge)

// New Zealand’s “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” Flight of the Conchords bring their live show back to England, complete with afterparty at Deaf from 11pm. Brighton quartet The Magic Gang take Academy 2 with debut album tucked under their belts, and County Durham DIY punk outfit Martha stop at Soup Kitchen with the promise of a new album on the horizon. Over at The Ruby Lounge, you can look forward to a GTA Vice City-themed club night, complete with a free shot for everyone wearing a Hawaiian shirt…

Saturday 24th: Dinosaur Jr. (The Albert Hall), Sigrid (Academy 2), The Message (Night & Day Café)

// Now enjoying a fourth decade of deafening noise and fuzz, Cult alt-rock favourites Dinosaur Jr. are showing no signs of extinction, returning to the city at The Albert Hall following the postponement of their Gorilla residency. Young rising Scandi star Sigrid drops into Academy 2 and Night & Day host NYC club night The Message.

Sunday 25th: Phoenix (Academy 1)

// We see the week out with cool French quartet Phoenix at the Academy, still out supporting last year’s celebrated sixth studio album ‘Ti Amo’, their first release in four years.

See you next week!


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

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