We are truly starting to get in a festival mood this week… With thirteenth outing for revered all-dayer Dot To Dot Festival on the horizon, here’s what else we can look forward to in Manchester over the next seven days, and that’s without noting 4 (FOUR) sold-out nights at the Etihad for Ed Sheeran…

Monday 21st: Os Mutantes (Band On The Wall)

// We start this week with one of Brazil’s most influential rock outfits, psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes (The Mutants). Formed in São Paulo in 1966, the band have gone through several changes of line-up throughout their history, reforming in 2006 following hiatus from the late 1970s.

Tuesday 22nd: Japanese Breakfast (Deaf Institute)

// Brooklyn experimental singer-songwriter Japanese Breakfast plays Deaf Institute on a short UK tour before heading back stateside for an extensive run in the US. It’s also worth noting that Tuesday marks a year since the Manchester Arena attack, and a memorial service will be held in Albert Square. Starting from 7pm, ‘With One Voice’ will begin with video messages before a short civic introduction and a choral performance starting at 7.30pm.

Wednesday 23rd: Spector (Gorilla)

// Indie five-piece Spector support their first record in three years with a visit to Gorilla. If it’s good enough for Psycho, it’s good enough for us…

Thursday 24th: Fantastic Negrito (Night & Day Café)

// Night & Day hosts Grammy award-winning musician Fantastic Negrito bringing us his sonic signature of blues, R&B and roots music in one tidy package.

Friday 25th: Dot To Dot Festival 2018 (Various Venues)

// There’s only one place for us this Friday. Tri-city urban festival Dot To Dot have unveiled a huge line-up of stellar acts for this year’s events in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. Now reaching its thirteenth year, the revered all-dayer will host an array of diverse talent in eclectic venues across the three cities, with a history of hosting impressive names before international popularity. Read our pick of eight acts to catch here.

Saturday 26th: Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Albert Hall), Super Hans: Big Beat Manifesto (Gorilla), Church Of The Cosmic Skull (Rebellion)

// Headlining a third instalment of Strange Waves festival, New Zealand psych-rock outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra return with latest album ‘Sex & Food’. Elsewhere, post-Peep Show Super Hans bring his Beat Beat Manifesto to Gorilla (“Big beats are the best, get high all the time”) and Nottingham seven-piece – who describe themselves as an actual church – Church Of The Cosmic Skull visit Rebellion.

Sunday 27th: Ezra Furman (Albert Hall), Rosey PM (Castle Hotel)

// Eccentric and eclectic singer-songwriter Ezra Furman visits the Albert Hall on a short run of shows in the UK supporting his first LP since 2015’s ‘Perpetual Motion People’. Read our full preview here. Over on Oldham Street, the Castle Hotel host local singer-songwriter Rosey PM.


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

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