Manchester was in full party mode this weekend, turning things up to 11 and treating us to some superb weather and music along the way. If you didn’t spend all your pennies on Record Store Day, allow us to guide you through a few treats you can catch over the next seven days…

Monday 23rd: The Low Anthem (Deaf Institute)

// Rhode Island indie intellects The Low Anthem get us underway this week, bringing lush folktronica and downtempo vibes to Deaf. Following the band’s recovery from a serious car crash on tour, latest release ‘The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea’ is a more reflective, conceptual affair, released to highly positive reviews.

Tuesday 24th: Gengahr (Gorilla)

// Gorilla will be oozing with dream-pop perfection with a visit from North London four-piece Gengahr. Supporting sophomore album ‘Where Wildness Grows, their excellent video for recent single ‘Carrion’ is well worth a watch.

Wednesday 25th: FLING (The Castle Hotel)

// “Wonky pop from Bradford” is the order of the day at The Castle Hotel, with a visit from FLING. Only active for three years, they’ve already “amazed, confused and delighted audiences” across the UK, and that’s good enough for us.

Thursday 26th: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet (Band On The Wall), Plan B (The Apollo)

// Revered drummer Mark Guiliana leads his Jazz Quartet at Band On The Wall, supporting latest release ‘Jersey’, while hip hop act Plan B will be packing out the Apollo.

Friday 27th: Mexrrissey (The Albert Hall), Rejjie Snow (Academy 2), Brix & The Extricated (The Ruby Lounge), Ultimate Power (The Ritz)

// Formed in 2014 by former members of Mancunian musical royalty The Fall, local post-punk outfit Brix & The Extricated are returning The Ruby Lounge following the release of debut album ‘Part 2’ last year. Read our full preview here. As tribute bands go, they’re one of the more inventive outfits. Mexican band Mexrrissey will be taking over the Albert Hall, thrilling fans of Moz and The Smiths with a distinctive Central American take on their hits. Elsewhere, Dublin hip hop producer Rejjie Snow is in town having recently dropped his debut album ‘Dear Annie’ and power ballad extravaganza Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz for another blow out.

Saturday 28th: Manic Street Preachers (The Arena), IST IST (Deaf Institute), Cult Presents: Objekt + Kerrie (Gorilla), DMA’S (Academy)

// The Boys from Blackwood, the Manic Street Preachers play Manchester for the first time in four years, this time filling up The Arena. Bassist Nicky Wire has previously declared his love for the city, in particular our rainy climate…? Local post-punk trio Ist Ist offer a night of gothic and hypnotic sounds at Deaf while Aussie rock outfit DMA’S take over Academy. Guiding you through to the early hours, Gorilla host Objekt and Eastern Bloc’s Kerrie for all things techno, acid, electro, garage, dubstep and more.

Sunday 29th: A Hawk and a Hacksaw (Soup Kitchen)

// US folk duo A Hawk And A Hacksaw are in town, with Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel fame and violinist Heather Trost helping bring the week to a close with a dose of Eastern European-flavoured folktronica.


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

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