Is it really coming home…? It’s been a surreal few weeks, with apparently endless sunshine and England comfortably progressing to a World Cup semi final. We’re hoping you’ll be able to squeeze in a few gigs between all the football fever over the next seven days, so here are a few picks for your consideration…

Monday 9th: Blackalicious (Gorilla)

// Californian hip-hop duo Blackalicious get us started this week, still going strong in a career that has stretched nearly 20 years.

Tuesday 10th: Paul Simon (The Arena), Gizelle Smith (Band On The Wall)

// Legendary songwriter Paul Simon brings his farewell tour to Manchester, departing the live circuit after just over 60 years of music. Elsewhere, soulful songstress Gizelle Smith offers a homecoming show supporting second album ‘Ruthless Day’.

Wednesday 11th: Hans Chew (Night & Day Café)

// For those who don’t know there’s a football match on this Wednesday, Tennessee pianist and guitarist Hans Chew visits the Night & Day Café with album ‘Open Sea’ still fresh on the shelves.

Thursday 12th: Free Vibes X Amazing Radio (Band On The Wall), Mysteron & Winnebago (The Castle Hotel)

// Another FREE night of music awaits at Band On The Wall, with guests Giant Boys, Pizzagirl, Bunny Hoova, Izzie Walsh and DJ Shell Zenner. The Castle Hotel hosts up-and-coming indie outfits Mysteron and Winnebago.

Friday 13th: The Breeders (The Ritz), Beat-Herder Festival (Ribble Valley)

// Unlucky for some, but fans of alt-rock cohort The Breeders will be thrilled to see them return to Manchester this Friday 13th, having seen them release fifth LP ‘All Nerve’ earlier this year. Just outside of Manchester, three-day rave Beat-Herder returns to the Docker Farm for a truly organic dance festival.

Saturday 14th: Cavana (Deaf Institute), Andy Mineo (Club Academy), Antics (Night & Day Café)

// Hard hitting rock four-piece Cavana visit Deaf promising the combo of “subtlety with raw aggression”. Sounds good to us. US hip-hop artist Andy Mineo drops into Club Academy, whilst Night & Day Café keep spinning late with indie disco Antics.

Sunday 15th: Quantic (Band On The Wall)

// Soulful Will Holland (Quantic, to you and me) finishes the second of two nights at Band On The Wall, having already sold out night one due to exceptional demand for tickets.

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

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