Happy Halloween! Though winter only ‘officially’ begins on December 21st, we know you’ll be starting to feel pretty seasonal this week with the arrival of Halloween, and Bonfire Night just on the horizon. Away from the usual nightmarish goings-on you can expect on Wednesday, here’s what else we’re looking forward to this week in Manchester…

Monday 29th: Damien Escobar @ Academy 2

// Damien Escobar (no relation…) gets us started this week. Expect the usual excellence from the American violinist, blending classical, jazz, R&B and hip hop into one neat package.

Tuesday 30th: Now Wave 10th Birthday + Mac DeMarco @ Victoria Warehouse

// King of the slacker-rock, the Pepperoni Playboy himself Mac DeMarco returns to Manchester to help celebrate Now Wave’s 10th birthday in the business.

Wednesday 31st: Cairokee @ The Ruby Lounge

Those who aren’t partial to the usual ghoulish goings-on, we’re sure you’ll want to make the most of The Ruby Lounge following the sad news that longstanding venue is to close next year. Revolutionary Egyptian rockers Cairokee are heading to the High Street venue this Halloween, visiting Manchester on anticipated tour of the UK. Read our full preview here.

Thursday 1st: Insecure Men @ YES

// “Slacker supergroup” Insecure Men visit YES on a wave of acclaim for their superb eponymous debut album.

Friday 2nd: David Byrne @ The Arena // Zutekh presents Jasper James (All Night Long) @ Soup Kitchen

// The iconic David Byrne is in town with his “most ambitious show” since Stop Making Sense, supporting latest record ‘American Utopia’ The Arena. Soup Kitchen keep the doors open late with another night from Zutekh, hosting Jasper James all night long.

Saturday 3rd: Cassia @ The Ritz // John Grant @ The Albert Hall // Kiss Me Again @ Soup Kitchen // Natalie Prass @ YES

// Macclesfield’s calypso-flavoured Cassia visit The Ritz on their biggest UK tour yet, with eleven dates unveiled across the UK. The prolific touring trio have already played a number of dates in Manchester over the past twelve months including a spot at Dot To Dot Festival, with more fans eager to catch the tropical outfit with each appearance. Over at the Albert Hall, songwriter supreme John Grant visits in support on latest album ‘Love Is Magic’ and indie songstress Natalie Prass drops into YES. Back at Soup, expect good sounds and even better vibes with another edition of LGBT+ dance party Kiss Me Again.

Sunday 4th: Fat Freddy’s Drop @ Academy // Parquet Courts @ The Ritz

// A tough decision to make this Sunday. Do you head to the Academy to catch the second of twin nights from superb seven-piece Fat Freddy’s Drop, or do you perhaps head to The Ritz to catch Parquet Courts following the release of their sixth studio album ‘Wide Awake!’…? We’ll leave that with you.

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

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