Moving into April, Manchester’s musical calendar is hotting up. We’re starting to see plenty of inner city festivals sneak into view, along with the usual visits from local and international talent. Here’s what we can look forward to over the last week of March…

Monday 25th: Deaf Havana @ Albert Hall

// UK five-piece Deaf Havana kick us off this week, visiting the Albert Hall supporting fifth album ‘Rituals’.

Tuesday 26th: Adam French @ Band On The Wall

// Songwriter Adam French quickly followed up new release ‘Wanna Be Here’ with details of a UK headline tour, dropping in on Swan Street this Tuesday.

Wednesday 27th: Low Island @ Soup Kitchen

// Low Island is the musical vehicle of DJ/Producers Jamie Jay & Carlos Posada, bassist Jacob Lively and jazz drummer Felix Higginbottom. We hear their live show is something to behold, and they visit Soup Kitchen following the release of a string of EPs.

Thursday 28th: Poppy Ajudha @ YES

// Rising singer-songwriter Poppy Ajudha brings her UK tour to YES this week, fresh from releasing latest EP ‘Patience’.

Friday 29th: Fun Lovin’ Criminals @ Academy 1 // Gathering Of Strangers @ Night People

// New York trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals return on a spring UK tour following welcome news that an a new album is on the way. The Lower East Side outfit have sold over ten million records worldwide since their debut ‘Come Find Yourself’ first hit the shelves in 1996. Since moving to Manchester and meeting at local music college meeting at BIMM, indie five-piece Gathering Of Strangers have built up a strong following with regular shows across the city. Their appearance at Night People comes just a few days on from the release of latest single ‘LADY’.

Saturday 30th: The Stranglers @ The Apollo // Yana Festival @ Various Venues // Mella Dee @ Gorilla

// New one-day music festival You Are Not Alone takes over Northern Quarter favourites Night & Day Café, Jimmy’s and The Whiskey Jar. YANA Festival will be raising money and awareness in aid of independent local charity Manchester Mind. Alt-rock stalwarts The Stranglers visit The Apollo on an extensive world tour, and DJ Mella Dee will be spinning late at Gorilla.

Sunday 31st: King No One @ Gorilla

// This Mothering Sunday, take your old lady out to catch King No One perform the third of three shows in the city, playing Deaf Institute, Night People, and Gorilla.

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That’s yer lot. For full listings, see here.

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