Happy Blue Monday! On a week that kicks off with (reportedly) the most depressing day of the year, we’re keeping our heads and spirits high, looking on to another seven days of excellent music…

Monday 21st: GUNISHMENT @ Rebellion

// Beat those Monday blues into oblivion with a visit from metal four-piece GUNISHMENT at Rebellion, with support from the superbly-named ClawHammer, CHAINSAW CASTRATION, Capital Punishment and Old Wharf…

Tuesday 22nd: Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats @ Gorilla

// Scuzzy and fuzzy favourites Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are travelling the roads of Europe this winter in support of their much anticipated fifth album ‘Wasteland’.

Wednesday 23rd: Slothrust @ Deaf Institute

// Best described by Stereogum as “bluesy alt-rock with stellar guitar work and swaggering wordplay”, Boston-based indie outfit Slothrust pay us a visit on their debut headline European tour for 2019.

Thursday 24th: The 1975 @ The Arena // The Streets @ The Apollo // Israel Nash @ Deaf Institute

// Indie-pop quartet (and local lads) The 1975 have continued their quick rise to stardom with the release of ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’, their third consecutive No. 1 album. They visit The Arena this Thursday, and making another highly anticipated return to live music, Mike Skinner brings The Streets back to Manchester, playing the first of three nights at The Apollo. American singer, songwriter and guitarist Israel Nash recently saw off the release of fifth studio album ‘Lifted’, a collection of finely crafted, spiritual folk-rock. Supporting the record with an extensive tour, expect a night of soaring rock’n’roll psychedelia from the genre-bending Texan.

Friday 25th: Richard Spaven @ Soup Kitchen // Death Cab For Cutie @ Albert Hall // Cosmique Disco @ Night & Day Cafe

// Soup Kitchen host to one of the foremost figures in club-influenced jazz, as versatile drummer Richard Spaven returns to Manchester with material from new album ‘Real Time’. Indie-rock outfit Death Cab For Cutie return to the city having seen off the release of ninth studio album ‘Thank You For Today’ last year, and Night & Day host a psychedelic night of big beats and even bigger vibes with Cosmique Disco.

Saturday 26th: Stay Fresh Fest @ Deaf Institute // Spring King @ The Ritz // Bros: After The Screaming Stops Club Night @ Deaf Institute

// Stay Fresh Fest returns to Deaf Institute for a fifth outing! The bi-annual, two-floor indie all-dayer showcases the best new music from across the North West, having one huge party in the process. Stick around afterwards for a club night celebrating all things Bros, finding a new lease of life following their excellent BBC4 documentary. Over at The Ritz, alt-rock quartet Spring King will be performing live supporting latest album ‘A Better Life’.

Sunday 27th: Cloud Nothings @ Band On The Wall

// Formed by frontman and Cleveland native Dylan Baldi back in 2009, Cloud Nothings have quickly amassed fans reinventing themselves with each release, most recently with latest LP ‘Last Building Burning’.

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

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