Hello there. This week in Manchester, we’re expecting another fine bundle of shows from the usual set of budding musical minnows taking their first steps on the live circuit, alongside performances from the music ladder’s elite. Read on to see who we’re looking forward to watching, stepping out onto the hallowed turf of Manchester’s finest stages over the next seven days.

Monday 18th: Bodega @ YES

// Brooklyn five-piece Bodega start us off this week, playing the second of two nights at YES.

Tuesday 19th: Lala Lala @ YES

// Ahead of Lala Lala’s debut UK tour, she has seen off the release of new collaborative single with WHY?, ‘Siren 042’, following on from the September 2018 release of critically acclaimed album ‘The Lamb’.

Wednesday 20th: Jacob Collier @ Gorilla // She Drew The Gun @ Deaf Institute

// Jacob Collier hasn’t been without praise in his short career, described by Hans Zimmer as “one of a very, very small handful of truly great artists in the world today”. The Grammy-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist visits Gorilla this Wednesday on a short run of the UK. Over at Deaf, expect “impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop” from the Merseyside indie outfit She Drew The Gun, planning to add further to their emerging credentials ahead of the release of their second album ‘Revolution Of Mind’.

Thursday 21st: The Lemon Twigs @ The Ritz // Du Blonde @ YES // Steely Dan @ The Arena

// Another pair of sonic siblings in town this week are Long Island brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, or as you may know them, The Lemon Twigs, visiting The Ritz for the second time in just a few months. Back at YES, the multi-talented Du Blonde visits supporting new record ‘Lung Bread For Daddy’ and Grammy Award-winning (yacht) rock favourites Steely Dan take over the Arena on their latest return to the live circuit.

Friday 22nd: Mothers @ Soup Kitchen // Ultimate Power @ The Ritz // Marcus Intalex Music Foundation WK:END @ Gorilla

// Mothers is the musical vehicle for Kristine Leschper, singer-songwriter and founding member of the indie outfit hailing from Athens, Georgia. Following the release of their sophomore album ‘Render Another Ugly Method’, the band are heading back out on tour and visiting Manchester this week. Back at The Ritz, catch more than a feeling for another night of bangers as Ultimate Power return to “the World’s greatest club night”. Friday also sees the start of WK:END, a new three-day festival from the Marcus Intalex Music Foundation, hosting live music events, educational workshops, music production masterclasses and more.

Saturday 23rd: Fuzzy Sun @ Gorilla // La Discothèque @ Albert Hall // Jane Fitz @ Soup Kitchen

// Straight outta Stockport, local psychedlic pop outfit Fuzzy Sun head to Gorilla this Saturday with debut EP ‘WANT LOVE’ fresh on the shelves. Jane Fitz visits Soup with a crate of techno, psych and acid, and feel-good party starters La Discothèque serve up another big helping of house, disco and soul at the Albert Hall.

Sunday 24th: John Smith @ The Royal Exchange Theatre

// We end the week with celebrated singer-songwriter John Smith at the Royal Exchange Theatre, thrilling fans with his “honey-on-gravel” vocal prowess and excellent musicianship.

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