How are you freshers settling in then? We’ve been out and about across the city handing out our huge student Welcome Packs, spreading the word of the best gigs, club nights and offers throughout Manchester over the coming months. Another week of shows awaits, and as usual we’ve picked our favourites to help guide you across the city.

Monday 24th: Julien Baker (Gorilla)

// We start the week with Tennessee’s burgeoning Julien Baker, visiting our city again having played a stellar show at Deaf last year. The alt-folk songstress offers more of her heartfelt, uncompromising and cathartic tunes following critical acclaim for her debut album ‘Sprained Ankle’, soon followed by last year’s ‘Turn Out the Lights’.

Tuesday 25th: Bright Light Bright Light (Deaf Institute)

// Also returning to the city is Welsh singer-songwriter Rod Thomas (better known to you and I as Bright Light Bright Light) on a short tour of the UK supporting his recent ‘Cinematography’ EPs.

Wednesday 26th: Rex Orange County (Albert Hall)

// Rex Orange County brings his unique amalgamation of indie, folk, rap and soul to the Albert Hall; a sound that earned him second place in the BBC Sound of 2018, narrowly missing out to Norway’s pop delight, Sigrid.

Thursday 27th: The Magic Gang (Albert Hall), Haiku Salut (Deaf Institute)

// Brighton quartet The Magic Gang take the Albert Hall with debut album tucked under their belts, while Derbyshire instrumental trio Haiku Salut take to the Deaf Institute.

Friday 28th: Pale Waves (The Ritz), Wolfgang Flur (Gorilla), Free Vibes X Amazing Radio (Band On The Wall), Ultimate Power (The Ritz)

// Taking fifth place in BBC Introducing’s ‘Sound of 2018’, gothic Mancunian indie pop outfit Pale Waves have wasted no time building on the success of debut release ‘All The Things I Never Said’. Elsewhere, ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flur makes a rare UK appearance at Gorilla whilst Band On The Wall open their doors for another night of FREE music. Power ballad extravaganza Ultimate Power returns to The Ritz for another night of classic bangers to keep you going ’til 3am.

Saturday 29th: Spring King (The Ritz), Too Many Man (YES)

// Alt-rock quartet Spring King will be performing live at The Ritz supporting new album ‘A Better Life’, while elsewhere you can check out the new YES basement with club night Too Many Man.

Sunday 30th: S. Carey (Deaf Institute)

// We bring the week to a close with a visit from “the second-most famous member of Bon Iver” supporting latest LP ‘Hundred Acres’. S. Carey visits Manchester with a budding solo career under his belt, bringing his blend of indie-folk pop to Deaf.

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For full listings see our calendar.

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