Have we got a week ahead for you… We’re looking forward to visits from some cult favourites, bonafide rock legends, some excellent local talent and things are getting a little spooky building up to Halloween… Read on for our picks this week.

Monday 15th: Arcane Roots (Gorilla)

// Rock trio Arcane Roots return to Gorilla for the second time this year, turning things up to 11 to kick us off this week.

Tuesday 16th: The Vryll Society + Peach Fuzz (Soup Kitchen)

// Liverpudlian psych outfit The Vryll Society bring a mix of “Funkadelic, Aphrodites Child and Krautrock” to Soup Kitchen supporting debut album ‘Course Of The Satellite’, with a little help from five-piece Peach Fuzz.

Wednesday 17th: Mahalia (Gorilla)

// Soul prodigy Mahalia makes the short trip up from Birmingham, listen to latest single ‘Surprise Me’ below.

Thursday 18th: Editors (The Apollo), Vieux Farka Touré (Band On The Wall)

// Dark rock outfit Editors are still going strong, seeing off the release of sixth album ‘Violence’ earlier this year and visiting Manchester on their latest tour. Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré returns on a solo tour of the UK in support of latest album ‘Samba’, brining his hypnotic genre-blending mix of blues, desert rock and reggae to Band On The Wall.

Friday 19th: U2 (The Arena), Villagers (Gorilla), Beach House (Albert Hall), Gimme Gimme Gimme (Deaf Institute), Ben Hayes Plays Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Band On The Wall)

// Now in a thirteenth year of existence, dream pop duo Beach House are still finding ways to stay fresh, evidence of which can be heard on latest album ‘7‘, their seventh full-length record which brings their total number of songs to 77. Nice. Over at Gorilla, indie folkists Villagers return following the release of new album ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’. Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Bono & Co. play the first of two nights at The Arena. Elsewhere, choose one of two club nights on opposite ends of the spectrum, with Deaf Institute celebrating Swedish pop powerhouse Abba and Band On The Wall inviting Ben Hayes for a dose of Cornish Acid from Aphex Twin.

Saturday 20th: Strange Waves IV (Academy 1), Sigala (Albert Hall), YES MATE! Alexis Taylor (YES),

// Strange Waves returns to Academy 1 for another day of brilliant music, this time around headlined by the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Hot Chip main man Alexis Taylor heads to YES to play some of his dance floor favourites. British DJ Sigala returns to Manchester, this time at the Albert Hall and U2 finish off their second night at The Arena.

Sunday 21st: John Carpenter (Albert Hall)

// We can’t think of a better way to end the week – and get in the mood for Halloween – than an evening in the company of Master of Horror, John Carpenter. His latest spooky spectacular will see Carpenter play original scores from fan favourites such as Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, They Live and Assault on Precinct 13.


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

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