While things may be a bit quieter in the city as artists dot-to-dot their way across the festival circuit, there’s still plenty to sink your teeth into. BlueDot Festival returned for a third successful year over the weekend in Macclesfield, while Manchester Jazz Festival continues throughout the week with events taking place at venues across the city, as well as within their magnificent Salon Perdu on Albert Square. Read on for our picks over the next seven days…

Monday 23rd: Striking Matches (Gorilla)

// Following an intimate tour last year, country and blues duo Striking Matches return to Manchester, getting us underway this week at Gorilla.

Tuesday 24th: Mali Hayes (Night & Day Café)

// One of the big hits from last year’s Manchester Jazz Festival, local singer-songwriter Mali Hayes returns with her “pure, simple, mellifluous voice”, supported by the neo-soul and R’n’B styles of Bristol’s We Are Leif.

Wednesday 25th: The Gaslight Anthem (The Apollo)

// New Jersey rock quartet The Gaslight Anthem return with a very special series of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album ‘The ’59 Sound’.

Thursday 26th: Night Flowers (Gullivers)

// Gullivers host an intimate offering from budding transatlantic indie-pop quintet Night Flowers, out supporting latest release ‘Wild Notion‘.

Friday 27th: London Astrobeat Orchestra plays Talking Heads (Band On The Wall), Electric Jug (Night & Day Café)

// The London Astrobeat Orchestra – a collective of musicians from West Africa, Europe and beyond – pay tribute to Talking Heads’ classic ‘Stop Making Sense’ live film at Band On The Wall. Elsewhere, Night & Day Café host another indie disco in the shape of Electric Jug.

Saturday 28th: Without Andrew (Deaf Institute), Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (Band On The Wall)

// Hard-hitting emo trio Without Andrew visit Deaf and Craig Charles’ collection of all things funk and soul (and one of the friendliest club nights around) returns to Band On The Wall, featuring Federation of the Disco.

Sunday 29th: Theatre Of Hate (The Ruby Lounge)

// We end the week with Kirk Brandon’s post-punk band Theatre Of Hate, heading to The Ruby Lounge as part of the bands European tour.

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