While Southgate & Co. have done us proud, football isn’t coming home for (at least) another two years. Attention back to music for now then, with an exciting week ahead in the city that sees the return of Manchester Jazz Festival. Based in their stunning Salon Perdu Spiegeltent in Albert Square, the eight-day festival sees an eclectic range of acts perform in venues across town. We’ve been looking ahead to what they have on offer and more over the next seven days.

Monday 16th: Vijay Iyer Trio (Band On The Wall)

// Described as “the best piano trio in jazz today”, we start off this week with Vijay Iyer‘s cutting-edge jazz trio over on Swan Street.

Tuesday 17th: Black Pistol Fire (Gorilla)

// Fresh from supporting The Fratellis on their spring tour, hard rock Canadian duo Black Pistol Fire offer a storming show at Gorilla.

Wednesday 18th: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (The Ritz)

// The Ritz host a special intimate homecoming show from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, performing at the venue for the first time in his career for one of the smallest of his world tour.

Thursday 19th: FIDLAR (The Ritz)

// Back at The Ritz, LA punk outfit FIDLAR visit the city with signs of a new album on the horizon.

Friday 20th: Ministry + Chelsea Wolfe (The Albert Hall), Agbeko (Festival Square), Davey Woodward & The Winter Orphans (Gullivers), Pacemaker (Night & Day Café)

// Industrial metal’s finest, Ministry will be packing out the Albert Hall this Friday with the added bonus of Chelsea Wolfe occupying a support slot. Hard-hitting 11-piece Afro-funk outfit Agbeko will be helping get Manchester Jazz Festival 2018 underway in Festival Square, experimental indie-pop stalwart Davey Woodward takes to Gullivers and Night & Day offer another Pacemaker club night.

Saturday 21st: LIINES (Deaf Institute), Richard Spaven + Skeltr (Band On The Wall), The Weeks (Night & Day Café)

// Most accurately described by The Quietus as “tight-as-you-like snarly pop coated in a holy racket of guitar noise“, powerful post-punk trio LIINES visit Deaf Institute. Versatile drummer Richard Spaven drops into Band On The Wall with local jazz outfit Skeltr as MJF continues, and “Mississippi glam rock” outfit The Weeks visit Night & Day Café

Sunday 22nd: Davina and the Vagabonds (Band On The Wall)

// Expect “New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger and dark theatrical moments” when Davina and the Vagabonds stop off at Band On The Wall for Manchester Jazz Festival, with a high-energy live show demonstrating some brilliant musicianship.


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