September has reared its autumnal head, but with it comes an abundance of great gigs and stellar shows to see you through any chilly nights. This week we’re looking forward to visits from some big names in alt-rock along with the usual local and international talent passing through the city. Read on for our picks across the next seven days…

Monday 3rd: Titus Andronicus (Soup Kitchen)

// Punk/indie outfit Titus Andronicus offer an ‘acoustic’ take of their repertoire during a short UK tour, with latest album ‘A Productive Cough’ in tow. “Specializing in punk solutions since 2005” and admired for their genre-hopping, latest release ‘A Productive Cough’ has seen the band strip back their sound.

Tuesday 4th: Passenger (Albert Hall)

// The Albert Hall receives a visit from British singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, better known to you and I as Passenger. His 2012 hit ‘Let Her Go’ has racked up over two billion views on YouTube, but the neo-folk songwriter is now back on the road touring his ninth solo record ‘Runaway’.

Wednesday 5th: Amen Dunes (Gorilla), Soccer Mommy (Deaf Institute)

// Singer-songwriter Damon McMahon, AKA Amen Dunes, drops into Gorilla during an extensive tour of Europe supporting latest record ‘Freedom’, with supporting from Brooklyn-based alt-rock musician Cut Worms. Over at the Deaf Institute, US singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy pays a visit supporting debut LP ‘Clean’.

Thursday 6th: Arctic Monkeys (The Arena), Jonathan Wilson (Gorilla)

// Arctic Monkeys return to Manchester, visiting the Arena for the first of two sell-out nights on a huge new stadium tour. LA songwriter and producer Jonathan Wilson brings new album ‘Rare Birds’ to Gorilla, fresh from working with the likes of Father John Misty, Roger Waters and Lana Del Rey.

Friday 7th: Shaun Ryder (The Ritz), Arctic Monkeys (The Arena), Arctic Monkeys Aftershow (Gorilla), Peking Duk (Deaf Institute)

// Mr Mondays himself, Shaun Ryder plays a homecoming show at The Ritz, whilst fellow Northern monkeys Alex Turned & Co. finish their second night at The Arena supporting sixth studio album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ – catch the official afterparty at Gorilla! Back over at Deaf, raucous Aussie duo Peking Duk visit with another party on the cards. Expect to leave “sweat-soaked, champagne-sprayed and picking bits of confetti out of your hair for days”…

Saturday 8th: Incubus (The Apollo), Dandelion Rose (Gorilla), WAX: Funk Disco Boogie Soul – 2nd Birthday (Soup Kitchen)

// Nineties and noughties nu-metal giants Incubus return with latest album ‘8’ under their belts, playing a huge European tour. Macclesfield three-piece Dandelion Rose take their upbeat and energetic set to Gorilla, and elsewhere monthly vinyl party WAX celebrate their second birthday, spinning the best funk, disco, boogie and soul, with 50 free drinks for the earlybirds…

Sunday 9th: Garbage (Academy 1), Strange Riddims presents: Stranger Sundays (Soup Kitchen)

// Legendary alt-rock outfit Garbage head to Manchester Academy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their influential second album ‘Version 2.0’. Following twin nights in London, Shirley Manson’s alt-rock outfit return to the Academy having packed out the venue back in 2015, then celebrating 20 years since the release of their self-titled debut. For those who need something a little more chilled, Soup Kitchen will be spinning “bar friendly” beats to bring the weekend to a close with Strange Riddims.


That’s your lot! For full listings see our calendar.

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