When you’ve taken care of December’s festivities, you’ll no doubt be looking to swap your advent calendar for Manchester’s musical calendar. We’ve been looking ahead to January and put together a small selection of shows you might want to kick off 2019 with!
20th January // F*cked Up @ The Deaf Institute
Canadian punk-rock band Fucked Up travel all the way from Toronto to bring us a dose of hardcore punk on a short tour of the UK. Often labelled as outlandish, the six-piece outfit will perform tracks from their brand new album ‘Dose your Dreams’ at Deaf this January. First formed in 2001, the band have since released five studio albums, with their second album ‘Chemistry of Human Life’ awarded with the Polaris Musaic Prize in 2008. The sextet experiment with their sound to create musical stories, accompanied by the clattering of heavy guitar solos and aggressive drum play, of course.
22nd January // Warm Drag (Thee Oh Sees / !!! / K-Holes) @ Night People
// What do you get if you cross Thee Oh Sees, !!! and K-Holes? Warm Drag, naturally. The eclectic indie rockers team up for a visit to Night People, supporting their eponymous debut album out now on In The Red Records. Tickets are on sale here for £10.
23rd January // J Mascis @ Gorilla
// Now enjoying a fourth decade of deafening noise and fuzz, influential Dinosaur Jr. bandleader J Mascis is showing no signs of extinction, and visits our city again at Gorilla. Beginning life with Dinosaur Jr. in the early eighties, despite a history of break-ups, label disputes and eight-year hiatus thankfully ending in 2005, the group are now supported by an impressive eleven studio albums. Supporting his latest solo release ‘Elastic Days’, tickets for his show at Gorilla are on sale here for £20.
25th January // Monarchy @ Hive
// Andrew Armstrong and Ra Black make up Monarchy; an enigmatically duo blending dark, brooding electronica with pop sensibilities. Formed in September 2009 they have gone on to perform at Reading & Leeds, Mad Cool, Coachella, Pentaport Love Box, The Big Chill, Melt Festival, as well as their own headline shows all around the world. Tickets for their appearance at Hive are just £7.
26th January // Dilly Dally @ Night People
// In the space of just a few years since releasing their debut record, Dilly Dally have seen off extensive tours across the globe and found critical acclaim, only to nearly collapse under the weight of their own success and call it quits. Thankfully, the Toronto quartet are still with us, having just seen off the release of new album ‘Heaven’, a “fierce, fiery ode to optimism”. The band visit our shores in January on a short tour across Europe, playing at Night People on 26th January (and tickets are just a tenner!)
27th January // Cloud Nothings @ Band on the Wall
// Formed by frontman and Cleveland native Dylan Baldi back in 2009, Cloud Nothings have quickly amassed a solid fanbase reinventing themselves with each release, whilst developing a distinctive indie rock signature. Their latest LP, ‘Last Building Burning’ follows 2017’s ‘Life Without Sound’, and has been met as a welcome addition to their catalogue. Tickets for their show on Swan Street are £12.50.
Tickets for all shows are available here.