Our dip into Manchester’s musical offerings this week brings us nicely to the start of December when, say it quietly, Christmas festivities will start to dominate proceedings. So, enjoy this strictly non-festive rundown of the best shows in Manchester over the next seven days…

Monday 26th: Paul Smith @ Deaf Institute

Kick us off this week, Maximo Park frontman and critically acclaimed solo artist Paul Smith visits the Deaf Institute with latest album ‘Diagrams’ in tow.

Tuesday 27th: Christine and the Queens @ The Apollo // Skegss @ Deaf Institute

// French singer Héloïse Letissier, or Christine & The Queens to you and I, plays the first of two nights at The Apollo supporting her breakthrough album ‘Chris’, whilst Byron Bay rockers Skeggs visit Deaf Institute with fellow Aussie exports Dumb Punts in support.

Wednesday 28th: Ten Fé @ Deaf Institute

// “Manchester meets Springsteen”, according to the Guardian. London-based duo Ten Fé found plenty of positivity with the release of their debut album ‘Hit The Light’ last year and have already announced details their sophomore effort ‘Future Perfect’, next year.

Thursday 29th: Ambient Church With Ben Vince @ Sacred Trinity Church

// The stunning Sacred Trinity Church in Salford is set to be transformed this month for a showcase from Cong Burn, a budding young label with experimental electronica “running through their veins”. Teaming up with Ohr they’ll be putting together their first ambient gatherings at Sacred Trinity Church this month, featuring experimental saxophonist Ben Vince.

Friday 30th: Half Man Half Biscuit @ The Ritz // Cypress Hill @ Academy 1 // Night & Day Café 27th Birthday @ Night & Day Cafe

Cult indie jokers Half Man Half Biscuit support the release of fourteenth studio album ‘No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut’ with a night at The Ritz. West Coast hip hop outfit Cypress Hill make a welcome return to the city, back with their self-described “a psychedelic hip-hop album” ‘Elephants on Acid’, their ninth studio record. Over on Oldham Street, Night & Day Cafe join the 27 Club. Going nowhere though, they celebrate their birthday with by throwing a party with some of their extended family, including Baba Naga, Mister Strange and Fruit Tones.

Saturday 1st: Ocean Colour Scene @ Albert Hall // Mr Scruff @ Band On The Wall

// 90s rock stalwarts Ocean Colour Scene are also offering a double-bill this week at the Albert Hall, supported by very special guests Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. Vinyl aficionado Mr Scruff returns to Band On The Wall for his monthly blow out, digging deep to spin the best soul, hip hop, jazz, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, electro and everything in between.

Sunday 2nd: Free Jazz @ Band On The Wall // Young Fathers @ Albert Hall

// Band On The Wall host another free-entry event showcasing some of the most exciting new artists pushing genre boundaries, playing jazz, electronic, hip-hop, funk, soul and experimental sounds. Back at the Albert Hall, Mercury Music Prize-winning Scottish rap trio Young Fathers support their third album ‘Cocoa Sugar’


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

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