Valentine’s Day, eh? Whether you’re looking ahead to the special day with a solitary lack of enthusiasm or sense of romantic zeal, a holiday based on love is always going to go hand in hand with music. Love isn’t the only thing in the air this week, as we look ahead to the vibrations and sound waves emitting from the Manchester’s finest venues over the next seven days.

Monday 11th: Wild Nothing @ YES

// We start off the week on Charles Street with a visit from Wild Nothing, the musical vehicle of musician Jack Tatum.

Tuesday 12th: The Lemonheads @ The Ritz // Frank Ocean Night @ Soup Kitchen

// 90s cult alt-rock outfit The Lemonheads return to Manchester after a decade away, performing music from their new covers album ‘Varshons 2′. Over at Soup, celebrate Frank Ocean and friends with a night of big tunes from midnight ’til 3AM.

Wednesday 13th: Babeheaven @ Deaf Institute

// Deaf Institute welcomes London five-piece Babeheaven for an evening of dreamy pop and soul, supporting a debut EP still fresh on the shelves.

Thursday 14th: Hippo Campus @ The Ritz // Free Valentine’s Vibes @ Band On The Wall

// Minnesota quartet Hippo Campus play their biggest show in Manchester to date support last year’s sophomore effort ‘Bambi’. For all those feeling loved up, Band On The Wall host a Valentine’s special of their free music showcase Free Vibes.

Friday 15th: White Denim @ Albert Hall // Cub Sport @ YES // TOY @ YES // Thank U, Next @ Deaf Institute

// Hard-hitting indie combo White Denim take over the Albert Hall supporting latest album ‘Performance’, just a few dates deep into an extensive UK tour before heading back to their native US. YES is set for a visit from Brisbane indie-pop outfit Cub Sport following the release of their sophomore album ‘BATS’ on their own record label Cub Sport Records. The self-managed Aussie outfit have announced a small string of shows in the UK, stopping at Charles St this Friday, when Brighton’s five-piece psych outfit TOY also drop in. Deaf open their doors for a “magical night full of glitter and confetti” with all your favourite pop, hip-hop and R&B tunes, celebrating Ariana Grande & Co.

Saturday 16th: Glass Caves @ Academy 2 // Déjà Vega @ The Castle Hotel

// Scruff Of The Neck offer another superb indie excursion with Yorkshire quartet Glass Caves, taking over Academy 2, while over at the Castle, we await a visit from Déjà Vega with the promise of “meaty bass, towering drums and filthy, in your face guitar”.

Sunday 17th: Nils Frahm @ Albert Hall

// Contemporary classical creative Nil Frahm has been no stranger to the Albert Hall in recent years, proving his worth as one of the finest live acts touring today with frequent visits to the Wesleyan chapel. This Sunday offers another chance to catch the revered composer in the flesh, following the release of last year’s ‘All Melody’.


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