Manchester Pride 2018 gets started this Friday with events running throughout the weekend into Bank Holiday Monday, including the annual parade taking place on Saturday. Away from this weekend’s celebrations, there’s still an array of gigs taking place across the week to take advantage of. Read on for the best of the rest in Manchester over the next seven days.

Monday 20th: Kevin Morby (Gorilla)

// Former Woods bassist (and co-founder of The Babies) Kevin Morby gets us started this week, supporting latest album ‘City Music’, a fine step up from his previous works. Read our full preview here.

Tuesday 21st: The Black Angels (The Ritz)

// Back on the live circuit with their first album in four years, neo-psych rockers The Black Angels visit The Ritz with “soul-reckoning lyrics and drilling guitar sounds” at the ready.

Wednesday 22nd: Ozomatli (Gorilla)

// Expect a melodic and political blend of latin, hip-hop, rock, jazz and funk from US six-piece Ozomatli, visiting the city with new album ‘Non-Stop’ in tow.

Thursday 23rd: Alex Napping (Castle Hotel), Free Vibes X Amazing Radio (Band On The Wall)

// Austin/NYC-based quartet Alex Napping visit The Castle Hotel supporting their sophomore LP ‘Mise En Place’, whilst Band On The Wall open their doors for another night of FREE music from Jekyll, Hannah Aashcroft + Bleach Boy + Monk + DJ Shell Zenner.

Friday 24th: DZ Deathrays (Band On The Wall), Bollox Queer Pride (Deaf Institute), Third Eye: Pirate Copy (Gorilla)

// Aussie garage rock duo DZ Deathrays possess a cult following with a track record of throwing excellent, adrenaline-fuelled gigs, balancing distortion and noise in perfect harmony. Deaf help get Pride started on the right note with another club night from Bollox, offering five “savagely proud hours of music, performance, and faggotry” spread over all floor, whilst Gorilla host local DIY house party Pirate Copy.

Saturday 25th: Pride Disco Brunch (Gorilla), Glitterbox (Albert Hall), Let’s Go Back To The 80s Pride Special (Gorilla)

// Gorilla get us started with the Pride Disco Brunch, serving up good vibes and even better tunes from 11am. Highlight of the weekend comes on Saturday as the annual Pride Parade will transform the city into a kaleidoscope of colour, as hundreds of floats and marchers weave their way through the city centre in front of tens of thousands of spectators showing their support to the LGBT communities. In the evening, keep the party alive with one of the special club nights held across the city. The Albert Hall will be hosting the official afterparty in the shape of Glitterbox, from 11pm, and back at Gorilla, you can look forward to a Pride special from Let’s Go Back To The 80s.

Sunday 26th: Blonde Redhead (Gorilla), Kiss Me Again Pride Party! (Soup Kitchen)

// Shoegaze stalwarts Blonde Redhead drop into Gorilla as part of their first regional tour in eleven years. Taking us through to Bank Holiday Monday, Kiss Me Again return to Soup for another LGBT+ celebration, spinning ’til 6am.

Monday 27th: Hiss Golden Messenger (Deaf Institute)

// Following a weekend of celebration, Monday offers the opportunity for a more reflective mood as a candelit vigil will be held at Sackville Gardens, remembering those lost to the HIV virus and offering a platform to stand together and recognise the many challenges that still exist and face LGBT communities. The vigil will be delivered in collaboration with Pride’s charity partner George House Trust, and is free to a attend. Back to music, US folk outfit Hiss Golden Messenger travels all the way from North Carolina to present their own take on country rock, combining soulful rhythms and words packed with emotion.

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That’s your lot! For full listings see our calendar. For more information on Manchester Pride, please visit the official website.

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