As weeks on the musical calendar go, the next seven days in Manchester is HUGE. We’re looking forward to visits from some of the biggest names in music across the globe this week, but we’re still keeping our ears to the ground to pick out some budding talent on display, on their own road to stardom. Read on for our picks…

Monday 4th: Courtney Barnett (Albert Hall)

// Moved from Academy 1 to The Albert Hall, Aussie singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett joins us on an extensive tour of Europe and the US in support of sophomore album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, out last month. Read our full preview here.

Tuesday 5th: The Rolling Stones (Old Trafford), Patti Smith (The Apollo)

// Well it doesn’t get much bigger than this, does it? Satisfaction guaranteed at Old Trafford with a visit from the legendary Stones on their first UK tour in five years and their first visit to Manchester in fifteen years. Elsewhere, revered singer-songwriter Patti Smith plays Manchester for the first time in three years at The Apollo.

Wednesday 6th: LCD Soundsystem (The Apollo), Rhye (The Ritz)

// NYC alt-rock outfit LCD Soundsystem are back in city, looking for follow up on last year’s sell-out night at the Warehouse Project. Over at The Ritz, Rhye are set to bring their dreamy and lusty set back on the road as they tour latest record, ‘Blood’. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 7th: The Maine (Deaf Institute), Free Vibes (Band On The Wall)

// Arizona outfit The Maine celebrated ten years together as a band in 2017, having released sixth studio album ‘Lovely Little Lonely’ to huge critical acclaim. Catch them in the flesh at Deaf, or for those on a budget, head to Band On The Wall for another night of free music courtesy of Hayes & Y, Déjà Vega, Haarm, Tonica and DJ Shell Zenner.

Friday 8th: The Blinders (Gorilla), O Is For Orange (Deaf Institute), Taylor Swift (The Etihad)

// DJ Food throws another audio/visual extravaganza to celebrate Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada with O Is For Orange, and local alt-rock three-piece The Blinders take to Gorilla with a dose of “visceral political punk rock with psychedelic tones”. Not far behind BFF Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift plays the first of two nights at the Etihad supporting last year’s huge release ‘Reputation’.

Saturday 9th: Mt. Desolation (Deaf Institute), Antics Club Night // The XX Disco (Night & Day Café)

// Hardcore punk outfit The Bronx drop into Gorilla on a huge tour of Europe, supporting latest offering ‘V’. Keane spin-off project Mt. Desolation are in town and Antics club night returns to the Night & Day Café.

Sunday 10th: Thom Yorke (Palace Theatre)

// Ending the week on a high, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke offers a superb intimate show at the Palace Theatre with new solo material and old favourites.

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That’s your lot! See here for full listings.

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