The city will soon be a sea of green as another St. Patrick’s Day approaches this Sunday; a date that sits side by side with live music as well as large amounts of alcohol. Guinness in hand or not, we have an abundance of events worth celebrating in Manchester this week, including a couple of free gigs…

Monday 11th: Drake @ The Arena

// We start the week back at the Arena for the second of two nights from Drake, performing across the globe following the release of fifth album ‘Scorpion’.

Tuesday 12th: Soeur @ Soup Kitchen

// Grungy Bristol pop trio Soeur drop into the Soup Kitchen basement, fresh from releasing latest single ‘No Show’.

Wednesday 13th: Free Vibes x Amazing Radio @ Band On The Wall

// Band On The Wall offer another night of FREE music, this time hosting DIY disco trio Patawawa alt-rock outfit Lunar Sounds, Manchester-based artist Tin Mole and Chloe Hawes

Thursday 14th: Self Esteem @ YES

// After a decade as part of revered Sheffield duo Slow Club, multi-instrumentalist Rebecca Taylor has emerged with new musical vehicle Self Esteem, and first single ‘Your Wife’ is a great sign of what’s to come.

Friday 15th: Desperate Journalist @ Deaf Institute // Sleaford Mods @ Academy // FREE Discolypso @ Band On The Wall

// London-based post-punk outfit Desperate Journalist head out on a short run of the UK supporting the upcoming release of third album ‘In Search of the Miraculous’. Raucous duo Sleaford Mods stop off at the Academy on their extensive Eton Alive tour. Back on Swan Street, Band On The Wall host a free edition of tropical club night Discolypso.

Saturday 16th: George Ezra @ The Arena // Ist Ist @ Gorilla // The Japanese House @ Academy 2 // Carnival Club @ Star & Garter

// Singer-songwriter George Ezra continues on his quick rise to pop stardom the with the first of two nights at The Arena, visiting on his biggest run of dates. Indie pop act The Japanese House bring a welcome blend of dream pop and electronica to Academy 2 following a string of hit EPs, and the recent release of debut album ‘Good at Falling’, and post-punk cohort Ist Ist play Gorilla following the release of latest EP ‘Everything Is Different Now’ earlier in the year. Formed in 2016, young four-piece Carnival Club have quickly found themselves likened to a host of Madchester favourites, ticking off some of the North’s most revered venues along the way, dropping into the Star & Garter this Saturday

Sunday 17th: Bob Mould Band @ Academy 2 // One Night In Nashville @ Night People

// Happy St. Patricks Day! Celebrate with a storming show from US rock stalwart Bob Mould Band at Academy 2, or head over to Princess St venue Night People, who offer a St Patricks day special with country outfit One Night In Nashville.

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