Our live music calendar is currently packed with excellent gigs leading up to December, but shouldn’t we expect to be spoiled over the festive season? Here’s our run-down for another busy week ahead in Manchester…
Monday 19th: We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Deaf Institute
// Having recently reverted back to their original line-up, Edinburgh indie quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks are back in England for a string of shows following news that the cult indie cohort have signed a new record deal with label Big Scary Monsters, with fourth album ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’ out now.
// Alt-rock five-piece Nothing But Thieves released their latest EP ‘What Did You Think When You Made Me This Way’ last month, coming with a string of singles over the summer. Nottingham natives Pitchshifter are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘www.pitchshifter.com’, their second full-length album, which has often been deemed the go-to album for the band. Anticipate big singles such as ‘Genius’ and ‘W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G.’ as they bring the sound of ‘rocktronica’ to Academy 3.
Wednesday 21st: U.S Girls @ YES
// Following an excellent showing at Soup Kitchen earlier this year, Meghan Remy brings noise-pop project U.S. Girls to an excited audience following rave reviews for latest record ‘In a Poem Unlimited‘. Support comes from Virginia Wing.
// Master musician and prolific producer Jon Hopkins is back in the city following the release of ‘Singularity’, his fourth studio albums. Over at Soup Kitchen, expect hard-hitting emo rock backed up by intensely poetic spoken word from US trio Listener, currently embarking on an extensive tour of Europe supporting their most recent release, fourth album ‘Being Empty : Being Filled’.
// Florence Welch & Co. make a welcome return to the city following the release of fourth studio album ‘High As Hope’ earlier in the year. Elsewhere, Indie quartet King No-One visit The Ritz and experimental rap duo 808Charmer and Mumblez Black Ink combine as 808INK over at Soup
// Sheffield’s legendary electro-pop outfit The Human League bring their latest tour to Manchester Arena; head to Deaf afterwards for some more love action at the Girls On Film afterparty. Factory favourites A Certain Ratio bring their unique blend of post-punk, disco, funk and dub to Gorilla and following a twenty-year hiatus, Britpop stalwarts Sleeper are back on the road and dropping into The Ritz. We’re expecting more indie-pop perfection at YES with a visit from the talented Yuno and Night & Day offer another edition of indie disco Cadillac.
// And so we come to the end of another week. Indie pop act The Japanese House bring a welcome blend of dream pop and electronica to Gorilla following a string of hit EPs over the last few years, whilst you can expect colourful psych rock over at The Ritz with a visit from Peace who’ve seen great success with their first three albums.
That’s your lot! For full listings see our calendar.