Last night/this morning the New England Patriots overcame the Los Angeles Rams to win Superbowl 53, a game growing increasingly popular this side of the Atlantic, and transforming into more of an entertainment plaything than sporting event… That’s all well and good, but you don’t need a budget of millions to put on a good show, as we point out below with Manchester’s most thrilling events this week…

Monday 4th: Ghetts @ Gorilla

// British grime artist Ghetts gets the week started on the right note, still making waves on the UK scene and visiting Gorilla following the recent release of ‘Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament’.

Tuesday 5th: The Residents @ Gorilla // The Messthetics @ Night People

// Fugazi spin-off project The Messthetics have unveiled details of their self-titled debut album, along with tour dates in the UK this Spring. With Fugazi still in a period of hiatus stretching back to 2002, the group was formed by Fugazi members Brendan Canty and Joe Lally along with experimental jazz guitarist Anthony Pirog, one half of duo Janel and Anthony. Expect the weird and wonderful over at Gorilla, where legendary US post-punk outfit The Residents visit on their 50th Anniversary tour.

Wednesday 6th: BEAK> @ Gorilla // Polyphia @ Deaf Institute

// Alt-rock trio Beak have taken another step forward with latest record ‘>>>’, and in support of the record we can expect a night of motorik jams and post-punk energy at Gorilla. Down on Grosvenor Street, expect an ear drum-annihilating night from Polyphia, supporting latest record ‘New Levels New Devils’.

Thursday 7th: Advance Base @ Gullivers

// Chicago electronic musician and singer-songwriter Owen Ashworth brings his solo musical vehicle Advance Base to Gullivers.

Friday 8th: Island @ YES // Shine Bright For Sepsis Awareness @ Gullivers // So Fetch @ Deaf Institute // Partisan x Half Edge present: Bruce [Hessle Audio / Timedance] @ Partisan

// Fresh from a North America tour, London’s “arena-baiting” alt-rock outfit ISLAND bring their own mix of ambient blues and catchy hooks to Charles Street. Made up of frontman Rollo Doherty, guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards, the group are out supporting debut album ‘Feels Like Air’. Back at Gullivers, Shine Bright For Sepsis Awareness brings a night of music, glitter and sparkles with all profits going towards The UK Sepsis Trust. Partisan open their doors ’til 6AM for another Half Edge party with Bruce, whilst Deaf Institute host noughties club night So Fetch.

Saturday 9th: Kraftwerk: Klassics, Kovers & Kurios @ Deaf Institute // Thyla @ YES // Behemoth @ The Ritz

// Following some hugely successful Aphex Twin and Boards Of Canada shows, Deaf Institute host DJ Food once again for an audio/visual extravaganza celebrating the pioneering Kraftwerk. Noted as one of the “100 Essential Acts for 2018” by the NME, Thyla occupy the space between dream-pop and post-punk – and will be occupying YES this Saturday. Hailing from Brighton, the quartet have developed a strong fanbase with a string of excellent singles. At the Ritz, Polish black metal band Behemoth bring “crushing and hellish riffs” from new album ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ to Manchester.

Sunday 10th: John Grant @ Albert Hall

// Back at the Albert Hall for the second time in just over three months, songwriter supreme John Grant visits in support on latest album ‘Love Is Magic’.

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