Heading into February, Manchester’s musical calendar is hotting up following a quieter start to the year. This week, we’re also running a competition to win two tickets to catch Kaiser Chiefs on Friday night at The Apollo. For more details and enter here, or read on for our picks this week!

Monday 28th: John Paul White @ The Night & Day Cafe

// You may be familiar with singer-songwriter John Paul White from his work as one-half of the critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning outfit The Civil Wars. White’s latest album, and his first solo recording in nearly a decade, is ‘Beulah’, a “diverse collection of folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs and dark acoustic pop”.

Tuesday 29th: Massive Attack @ Manchester Arena

// Revered trip hop trio Massive Attack bring their ‘Mezzanine XX1′ tour to Manchester Arena; a totally new audio and visual production featuring Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser and designed by Robert Del Naja.

Wednesday 30th: Nicki Bluhm @ The Night & Day Cafe

// California songstress Nicki Bluhm visits Night & Day following some recent high-profile collaborations with the likes of Phil Lesh, Infamous String Dusters and Ryan Adams. After nearly a decade spent with the Gramblers, Bluhm has recently seen off the release of third solo album ‘To Rise You Gotta Fall’, written over a two-year period in Bluhm’s life, chronicling some “fundamental life changes”.

Thursday 31st: The Dandy Warhols @ Albert Hall

// Cult US outfit The Dandy Warhols drop into the Albert Hall to celebrate their 25th Anniversary, along with the release of tenth album ‘Why You So Crazy’ on 25th January.

Friday 1st: Kaiser Chiefs @ The Apollo // The Wave Pictures + Seazoo @ Soup Kitchen // Amy Shark @ Gorilla // Zutekh presents Special Request (All Night Long) @ Soup Kitchen

// Now closing in on two decades in the business, Leeds’ finest Kaiser Chiefs are on the road for an extensive tour of Europe, whilst Award-winning Australian indie-pop singer-songwriter Amy Shark visits Gorilla. Over on Swan Street, Soup Kitchen host The Wave Pictures supporting their album ‘Look Inside Your Heart’, following by another visit from the Zutekh crew, spinning ’til 4AM.

Saturday 2nd: Dodgy @ The Ritz // Steve Mason @ Academy 2 // Kiss Me Again @ Soup Kitchen

// Indie stalwarts Dodgy are also celebrating a Silver Anniversary this week, this time of their breakthrough, gold-selling second album ‘Homegrown’, performing the record in its entirety on a headline tour. Over at Academy 2, Beta Band founder Steve Mason supports latest solo effort ‘About the Light’ and back at Soup Kitchen, LGBT+ party starters Kiss Me Again start off the year with two stalwarts of Manchester’s clubbing scene to the basement.

Sunday 3rd: Ozzy Osbourne @ The Arena // Enter Shikari @ Academy 1

// Lock up your pets, Ozzy Osbourne returns to Manchester to bid farewell to the live circuit, out for one last outing on ‘NO MORE TOURS 2’. Over at the Academy, expect another equally eardrum-annihilating set from rock quartet Enter Shikari.

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

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