With only two weekends to go before the big day, naturally we’re bombarded with an increasing amount of festive events, but there’s more to Manchester than the Markets this Christmas. As usual we’ve been looking ahead to another week of music in the city, so read on for our picks over the next seven days…

Monday 10th: Daley @ Gorilla:

We start the week with Manchester-based alt-R’n’B crooner Daley, with sophomore effort ‘The Spectrum’ still fresh on the shelves. Daley first found fame after co-writing and featuring on Gorillaz single ‘Doncamatic’, having been spotted by Damon Albarn early in his career.

Tuesday 11th: Ben Howard @ The Apollo

// Mercury-nominated Ben Howard plays the second of two nights at The Apollo supporting his third album ‘Noonday Dream’, released earlier this year.

Wednesday 12th: The Snuts @ Night People:

// In the space of just a year, indie four-piece The Snuts have gone from Scotland’s best-kept secret to selling out venues across the country. The band played a much-anticipated debut headliner at Glasgow’s King Tuts last December, having sold out the legendary venues in a matter of hours.

Thursday 13th: Lera Lynn @ Deaf Institute

// The multi-talented Lera Lynn drops into Deaf Institute, now nearly a decade into a career filled with three album releases, a career-shifting appearance and soundtrack for HBO’s True Detective, hundreds of shows on both sides of the Atlantic, and a sound encompassing everything from Americana to stark indie rock. Support comes from Worry Dolls.

Friday 14th: The Slow Readers Club @ The Apollo // Werkha + ShebeKeke + Clarky + DJ Rebecca Vasmant @ The Loft // Ultimate Power: The Christmas Special @ The Ritz // Let’s Make This Precious @ Night & Day Cafe

// Dark and brooding Mancunian rockers The Slow Readers Club will play their biggest show in Manchester to date, with an evening at the Apollo. New venue The Loft will host local talent Werkha, alias of Mancuncian musician Tom A. Leah, bringing along some of his friends for an evening of music. Power ballad devotees Ultimate Power host their Christmas bonanza at The Ritz, and you can surely expect a few festive classics over at the Night & Day Cafe for the latest installment of their indie disco Let’s Make This Precious.

Saturday 15th: Year’s End Festival 2018 @ The Ritz + Gorilla // Nile Rogers & Chic @ The Arena // The Travelling Band @ YES // Carnival Club @ Deaf Institute

// Local label Scruff Of The Neck take over Gorilla and The Ritz for an evening of indie, while the Arena offers a dose of funk finesse from the legendary Nile Rodgers and Chic. Young four-piece Carnival Club visit Deaf, already with a couple of EPs to their name, quickly finding themselves likened to a host of Madchester favourites and Mancunian institution The Travelling Band make a return to the stage with a homecoming show at YES.

Sunday 16th: Mercury Rev @ Royal Exchange Theatre // Razorlight @ The Ritz

// We end the week with another visit from alt-rock stalwarts Mercury Rev, offering a very special performance of their 1998 masterpiece ‘Deserter’s Songs’ in full at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Over at the Ritz, indie-rock elite Razorlight make a return with the release of their first album in ten years, ‘Olympus Sleeping’.


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

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