What a weekend that was. A thirteenth outing for Dot To Dot Festival went down a storm on Friday, and we recovered just in time for a thick slice of bank holiday fun. Though we’re not quite sure how we’re looking at June already this week, we’re not going to complain. With an abundance of singer-songwriter talent in town this week, here are our picks for the next six days in MCR

Tuesday 29th: Charles Howl (Castle Hotel)

// Following your last bank holiday for three months, Charles Howl kicks things off for us this (working) week at The Castle, returning with his second album ‘My Idol Family’, supported with a short UK stretch on the road.

Wednesday 30th: The Shacks (Soup Kitchen), James Bay (Albert Hall)

// Soup Kitchen will be brimming with Summer of Love-esque rock’n’roll courtesy of dreamy NYC quartet The Shacks and elsewhere, a sans-hat James Bay marks a return with latest tour.

Thursday 31st: Charles Watson + Sivu (Soup Kitchen)

// We’re heading back to Soup Kitchen where one half of indie duo Slow Club, London based singer-songwriter/producer Charles Watson is out supporting his debut solo album ‘Now That I’m A River’, released 18th May.

Friday 1st: Dantevilles (Soup Kitchen), Curse Of Lono (Gullivers), Zhu (Gorilla), Zutekh presents Trance Wax (Soup Kitchen)

// Gorilla host electronic musician ZHU on a short world tour, and London five-piece Curse Of Lono take to Gulliver’s ballroom. Possessing a sound “full of soul, melodic guitars and standout duel vocals” indie quartet Dantevilles will be dropping into Soup Kitchen, followed by club night Zutekh, spinning ’til late. Read our recent interview with Dantevilles here.

Saturday 2nd: Andrea Gibson (Deaf Institute), Mr Scruff Keep It Unreal 19th Birthday (Band On The Wall), Decades (Deaf Institute)

// The Deaf Institute will be hosting celebrated poet and activist Andrea Gibson this Saturday for a rare UK performance. Read our full preview of the event here. Band On The Wall will be celebrating the 19th birthday of Mr Scruff‘s club night staple Keep It Unreal, featuring Zernell. Back at Deaf, they’ll be keeping the doors open late with “Manchester’s biggest retro pop party”, Decades.

Sunday 3rd: LUMP (Band On The Wall)

// We end the week with a double bill from Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s new collaborative project LUMP, taking to Band on the Wall for two very special intimate evening performances.

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

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