October already? Wrap up warm because we’ve been looking ahead to another busy week of shows for you to get out and about to, as Manchester is visited by some huge names over the next seven days along with the usual crop of budding talent…

Monday 1st: Deafheaven (Gorilla)

// San Fran metalheads Deafheaven get us started this week, finding even more fans on these shores with the release of latest album ‘Ordinary Corrupt Human Love’. Not quite your thing? There’s a certain Kylie Minogue taking over The Arena for the night – good luck with tickets…

Tuesday 2nd: Mikaela Davis (Soup Kitchen)

// Mikaela Davis makes the trip from New York to deliver her unique blend of classically-trained funk, folk and pop.

Wednesday 3rd: Anathema (Deaf Institute), PALAYE ROYALE (Academy 2), Men I Trust (Soup Kitchen)

// Glam rock trio PALAYE ROYALE take over Academy 2 for an evening of thrills on their latest European tour supporting the release of sophomore album ‘Boom Boom Room (Side B)’. Over at Deaf Institute, Anathema offer something a little different, with a special ‘ambient acoustic’ set on the cards. Hailing from Montreal, expect “smooth sounds, calm melodies and simple rhythms” from indie trio Men I Trust. Since forming in 2014, the band have quickly amassed a strong following with a handful of chilled, danceable pop releases.

Thursday 4th: Amber Arcades (Deaf Institute), They Might Be Giants (Academy 2)

// We’re back at Deaf, where dreamy indie pop outfit Amber Arcades return once again to the city. Revered US duo They Might Be Giants make a welcome return to the live circuit with new album under their belts.

Friday 5th: Wild Strings Festival (Band On The Wall & RNCM), The Rifles (Club Academy), Original Design (Castle Hotel), See Thru Hands + Raikes Parade (YES)

// Band On The Wall and the Royal Northern College of Music join forces to host the UK’s first ever jazz and pop harp festival in the shape of Wild Strings. Read our full preview here. Down in the YES basement, catch a co-headline slot from See Thru Hands and Raikes Parade, with entry FREE by donation. Together for 15 years, London-based indie rock band The Rifles arrive in the city to perform at Club Academy, and local quartet Original Design bring their cinematic alt-rock to the Castle Hotel. Recent releases ‘What’s Gonna Happen Now?’ and ‘Come Get Me’ are the latest in a line of singles demonstrating their knack for melodic indie rock, brimming with catchy hooks. Read our interview here.

Saturday 6th: ELO (The Arena), Wild Strings Festival (Band On The Wall & RNCM), Neighbourhood Festival (Various Venues), Kiss Me Again (Soup Kitchen)

// Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra return for the second of twin nights at The Arena on their current arena tour, whilst Wild Strings continues at Band On The Wall and RNCM. Autumn welcomes the return of Neighbourhood Festival; a festival that is literally stuffed to the brim with indie acts, up and coming singers and headlining favourites. Over on Stevenson Square, Soup Kitchen open their doors for another edition of their LGBT+ club night Kiss Me Again.

Sunday 7th: Wild Strings Festival (Band On The Wall & RNCM), Okkervil River (Gorilla)

// Will Sheff brings his folk-rock outfit Okkervil River to Manchester supporting new album ‘In The Rainbow Rain’, whilst Wild Strings continues to bring jazz and pop harp goodness to Band On The Wall and RNCM.


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

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