Predictably, it’s been another Eurovision to forget for the UK, finishing third from bottom at the pop extravaganza in Lisbon on Saturday, while Israel tasted glory for the fourth time. This week in Manchester we see another crop of artists from Europe and beyond travel to venues across the city for our listening pleasure. Read on for who we’ll be awarding our twelve points to…
Monday 14th: Carmody (Castle Hotel)
// We begin this week with a visit from south-east London singer-songwriter Carmody, dropping into the Castle following the release of her debut solo EP ‘Skin’.
Tuesday 15th: Circuit Des Yeux (Soup Kitchen)
// Chicago-based musician and composer Haley Fohr brings her experimental folk Circuit des Yeux vehicle to Manchester, with her dark and luscious fifth album ‘Reaching for Indigo’ still finding fans.
Wednesday 16th: Chad Valley (Castle Hotel)
// Oxford chillwave act Chad Valley makes his first Manchester appearance in five years with an evening at the Castle Hotel. Fans can look forward to new music from Hugo Manuel with new LP ‘Imaginary Music’ released 25th May.
// Alt-rock outfit Island bring their atmospheric and apparent “arena-baiting” sound to the cosy confounds of The Ruby Lounge, while songwriting trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis will be taking over Gorilla with latest album ‘Superscope’ under their belts.
// Singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey returns to Manchester, having last played here just eight months ago. Mulvey first tasted success with acclaimed experimental jazz outfit Portico Quartet, but is now finding fans in a solo career which saw the release of his sophomore LP ‘Wake Up Now’ last year. Down in Soup Kitchen, Meghan Remy brings noise-pop project U.S. Girls to an excited audience following rave reviews for latest record ‘In a Poem Unlimited‘. Night & Day will be keeping their doors open late for another edition of indie disco Pacemaker.
// Indie rock trio Lo Moon released their debut album earlier this year, having built up a devoted following with killer singles such as ‘Loveless’ and ‘Thorns’. Read our interview with them ahead of their show at Night & Day here. The Ritz will be serving up growling guitars and indie sludge from 5pm with a visit from local lads Cabbage. Need to keep the party going? Band On The Wall host another outing of tropical club night Discolypso, spinning latin, disco and afrobeat ’til 3am.
// Texan gentlemen Josh T. Pearson has been recording music for over two decades, and has been writing songs for even longer. Though he may not possess the extensive discography this would suggest, the quality of his work more than makes up for a lack of quantity. Out supporting the new record, his latest tour will see him drop into Gorilla. Read our full preview here. Elsewhere, singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya offers her take on guitar-driven soul-pop at Deaf.
That’s your lot! For full listings, see our calendar here.