It’s been a bit of a chilly week, but temperatures have climbed over -1°C and we’re ready to head back outdoors ane of our local venues. While we know it’s awards season, unfortunately we don’t have our own ceremony to praise the best live acts stopping off in Manchester this week, but we can certainly offer a few solid nominations. Read on for our picks…

Monday 5th: Jake Bugg (Albert Hall)

// We head straight to the Albert Hall, where folk rock singer Jake Bugg returns to the stage on a short UK tour before heading Stateside. Still only 24, the Notts songsmith released fourth studio album ‘Hearts That Strain’ last autumn.

Tuesday 6th: Pale Waves (Gorilla)

// Following in the footsteps of Bugg, local indie pop outfit Pale Waves waste no time building on the success of this year’s debut release ‘All the Things I Never Said’ with a UK and US tour.

Wednesday 7th: Superorganism (Gorilla)

// Following the release of a well-received eponymous debut album last week, UK collective Superorganism will be turning Gorilla into a hotbed of indie psychedelic sounds.

Thursday 8th: Marsicans (Deaf Institute)

// Leeds’ “dirty pop” outfit Marsicans stop off at Deaf on a short tour of the UK, hoping to build on their strong Northern following. Thursday 8th March also marks International Women’s Day, with events taking place across the city. Read our preview of events here.

Friday 9th: Everything Everything (The Apollo), Heart Of Glass (The Ruby Lounge), The Rainband (Deaf Institute)

// Mancunian indie quartet Everything Everything will be packing out the Apollo for a special homecoming evening. Listen to latest single The Mariana below. The Ruby Lounge turn it up to 11 with 70s flamboyant punk club night Heart Of Glass and Deaf host another local indie cohort in the shape of The Rainband.

Saturday 10th: China Lane (Deaf Institute), Ferocious Dog (Gorilla), Girls On Film (Deaf Institute)

// Keeping with local music, synth-powered indie pop quartet China Lane play another fine set at Deaf while Celtic-flavoured punk outfit Ferocious Dog head under the railroad tracks at Gorilla. Stick around at Deaf for another installment of 80s extravaganza Girls On Film, spinning ’til 4am.

Sunday 11th: The Wombats (Academy 1), Hypnosister (Castle Hotel)

// We end the week strong, with noughties indie pop trio The Wombats returning to the live circuit supporting latest release ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. Elsewhere, songwriter and guitarist Damian Hughes has launched a new project, Hypnosister, offering “brain melting guitar pop from outer space” at the Castle Hotel.

See you next week!


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

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