The sun’s been out, temperatures are climbing and we’ve got a huge week of eclectic shows ahead in Manchester. What’s not to like? Whatever floats your boat, there’s a lot to look forward over the next seven days, including Record Store Day 2018

Monday 16th: Lauv (Deaf Institute)

// San Fran indie songwriter Lauv gets us started this week, still without a debut album under his belt but riding high on the success of two breakthrough EPs, including big hitter ‘I Like Me Better’.

Tuesday 17th: Hinds (Gorilla), Girl Ray (Deaf Institute)

// Spanish indie outfit Hinds released sophomore album ‘I Don’t Run’ this month, building on their reputation of being one of the hardest working acts on the live circuit. Elsewhere, just down Oxford Road you can catch Girl Ray at Deaf, supporting debut release ‘Earl Grey’.

Wednesday 18th: Akala (The Ritz), Tokio Myers (The Albert Hall)

// Rapper, poet and activist Akala is back in Manchester once more to pack out The Ritz. The hip hop artist is still out supporting semi-autobiographical, magical realist EP ‘Visions‘, forming part of a new comic book series written entirely in verse. Pianist and producer Tokyo Myers embarks on his first ever full UK tour with a full band, stopping off at the Albert Hall.

Thursday 19th: Manchester Punk Festival (Various Venues), La Bête Blooms (The Castle Hotel)

// Manchester Punk Festival returns, taking over Gorilla, Rebellion, The Bread Shed, Zombie Shack, Underdog & Font from 19th-21st, with a stellar line-up of retro acts along with the young, aspiring and energetic. Local promoters Scruff Of The Neck continue to champion young talent, inviting Hull’s La Bête Blooms back to the Castle Hotel.

Friday 20th: Shonen Knife (Night & Day Café), Dessa (Soup Kitchen)

// Japanese pop punk trio Shonen Knife bring their hugely popular show to Night & Day. Rapper, singer, essayist, and speaker Dessa brings her latest tour to Soup’s basement.

Saturday 21st: The Streets (The Apollo), Larkins (Academy 2) VALID (The Peer Hat)

// Happy Record Store Day! A date celebrated by stores, venues and audiophiles across the country, this year marks eleven years since the start of the annual event. Catch up on events with our preview here. Making his highly anticipated return to the live music, Mike Skinner brings The Streets back to the stage, performing live for the first time in seven years. The Peer Hat host VALID, inviting a selection of female and LGBT bands along with solo artists to display their talents in a safe environment, to raise money for charities working with female and LGBT communities. Elsewhere, local indie pop quartet Larkins drop into Academy 2.

Sunday 22nd: Courtney Marie Andrews (Gorilla)

// Arizona singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews released her first album aged just sixteen, before heading out on the road touring the East and West coast of her native US. Ten years later, her sixth LP, the self-produced ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ has been met by rave reviews and comparisons to greats such as Joni Mitchell and Guy Clark.

See you next week!

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