Warmer and brighter evenings are turning our thoughts towards the approaching festival season, and we plan on getting in the mood this week with a bank holiday and the welcome return of a much revered one-day festival. Read on for our picks of what we can look forward to in Manchester this week…

Monday 30th: Yo La Tengo (Academy 2)

// We start with cult indie favourites Yo La Tengo, playing their first Manchester date in five years at Academy 2. This year saw the US trio release their fifteenth album ‘There’s a Riot Going On’.

Tuesday 1st: The Limiñanas (Soup Kitchen)

// Blurring the lines between psych, shoegaze and yé-yé, French duo The Limiñanas will be dropping into Soup this Tuesday, out and about supporting latest album ‘Shadow People’.

Wednesday 2nd: Drenge (Gorilla), King Khan & The Shrines (Deaf Institute), Gnod (Band On The Wall), Metz (Soup Kitchen)

// There’s a lot to pack in this Wednesday. Alt-rock trio Drenge hit the road on their “grand re-opening” tour with a hint of new music on the horizon, while Berlin-based garage/psych outfit King Khan & The Shrines will be taking over Deaf. If that’s not enough of a decision to make already, throw in Gnod at Band On The Wall or Metz at Soup Kitchen, for good measure..

Thursday 3rd: Daley (Gorilla), Laurence Jones (Band On The Wall)

// Soulful Mancunian singer Daley builds on the success of latest underground pop album ‘The Spectrum’ at Gorilla, whilst over at Band On The Wall, bluesy singer-songwriter Laurence Jones supporting new album ‘The Truth’.

Friday 4th: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (The Arena), Slow Readers Club (Manchester Cathedral)

// While an Oasis reunion may not be on the cards any time soon, Noel Gallagher is still making waves in his own solo career, returning home for another huge show with his High Flying Birds. Dark and brooding Mancunian rockers The Slow Readers Club will play a special show at the stunning Manchester Cathedral.

Saturday 5th: The Membranes + The Lovely Eggs (The Ritz), Remake Remodel Bowie Night (The Ruby Lounge)

// Local punk outfit The Membranes team up with The Lovely Eggs and the BIMM choir for an evening of stellar underground music. Elsewhere, indie disco Remake/Remodel hosts another night of big tunes, this week celebrating Bowie.

Sunday 6th: Sounds From The Other City 2018 (Various Venues)

// There’s only one place for us this Sunday. Now a staple of Manchester’s musical calendar, inner-city indie festival Sounds From The Other City will return for Round 14 this week, joining forces with the North West’s finest independent promotors to host an array of the very best in new music and performance, serving up a “snapshot of the 2018 scene”. Read our full preview here.


That’s yer lot! For full listings, see our events calendar here.

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