All eyes are on Russia this week with the return of The World Cup, but we’re not looking that far for an host of international talent on display. Read on for our picks from Manchester’s musical calendar over the next seven days…

Monday 11th: Haim (The Apollo)

// Sibling trio Haim get things underway this week at The Apollo, a year on from the release of sophomore effort ‘Something to Tell You’ following their breakthrough in 2013.

Tuesday 12th: Jay Som (Deaf Institute)

// Deaf hosts American DIY singer-songwriter and bedroom pop producer extraordinaire, Jay Som, still riding high from the release of second LP ‘Everybody Works’.

Wednesday 13th: Waxahatchee (Band On The Wall)

// Musical vehicle of American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee arrives in Manchester for the second time in ten months, following a sold out show at Deaf last September.

Thursday 14th: Drahla (Castle Hotel), Ghostface Killah (Club Academy)

// 6Music-tipped Leeds three-piece Drahla will be exciting crowds with their signature art-punk poetics and rock fuzz, over at the Castle, whilst Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah pays a visit to Club Academy, hoping things go better than his recent outing in Norwich

Friday 15th: Portico Quartet (Gorilla), Pacemaker (Night & Day Cafe), Beng! Beng! Beng! Presents Addison Groove (Deaf Institute)

// We’re looking forward to another visit from acclaimed experimental jazz outfit Portico Quartet, blurring the lines between jazz, electronic, and minimalism. Club night Beng! Beng! Beng! bring Bristol-based producer and DJ Addison Groove to Deaf’s stage with “tropical rhythms, afro club sounds, disco boogie, worldwide electronic psychadelia and borderless bass” on the menu. Elsewhere, Night & Day host another offering from indie disco Pacemaker.

Saturday 16th: Public Image Ltd (The Ritz), Ill Album Launch Show (Deaf Institute), Night & Day Cafe (The Message)

// John Lydon’s Public Image Ltd celebrate their 40th anniversary with an extensive European tour, alongside the release of career-spanning box set ‘The Public Image is Rotten (Songs from the Heart)’. Local post-punk outfit ILL present their debut album ‘We Are ILL’ at Deaf, with stellar support from art rockers MOLD and experimental blues duo Glove. Over at Night & Day, their doors stay open late with NYC club night The Message.

Sunday 17th: The Wave Pictures (Deaf Institute), Grimm Grimm (The Castle Hotel)

// Rock three-piece The Wave Pictures return with brand new album ‘Bamboo Diner In The Rain’, and elsewhere the Castle Hotel hosts hazy, melodic songwriter Grimm Grimm, supporting sophomore effort ‘Cliffhanger’.


That’s your lot! Full event listings can be found here.

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