Spring is in the air, it’s pancake week, and another week of excellent shows awaits in Manchester. We’ve picked out an eclectic bunch of shows for your consideration this week, with visits from global superstars and budding local acts to look forward to. Read on for our picks over the next seven days…

Monday 4th: Homeshake @ Academy 2 // Foals @ Gorilla

// Homeshake, AKA Peter Sagar, supports fourth album ‘Helium’ with a short European tour, stopping off at Academy 2 to kick off the week. A special mention goes to an intimate offering from Foals at Gorilla, but good luck getting a ticket for that one…

Tuesday 5th: Sea Girls @ Gorilla

// London-based indie-pop outfit Sea Girls visit the city once again, now with three EPs to their name and hotly tipped on BBC’s Sound Of 2019.

Wednesday 6th: Calva Louise @ Night People // Snapped Ankles @ Deaf Institute

// Choose from one of two raucous punk outfits visiting the city this Wednesday. Catch “scuzz-punk trio” Calva Louise at Night People following the release of ‘Rhinoceros’, or head over to Deaf to catch Snapped Ankles, combining post-punk and art-rock.

Thursday 7th: worriedaboutsatan @ The Castle Hotel // Freya Ridings @ Albert Hall // Un-Convention Festival @ NIAMOS

// North London pianist and songwriter Freya Ridings found plenty of fans with breakthrough single ‘Lost Without You’, now with two live albums to her name and offering another highly anticipated set this week at the Albert Hall. quickly Over at the Castle, ambient noise outfit worriedaboutsatan celebrate the launch of their fourth record ‘Revenant’. Also starting this Thursday (and running across Friday) global music network Un-Convention celebrate their 100th event with a gathering of artists, labels, venues and promoters from across the UK and Europe. Read our full preview here.

Friday 8th: SHE PWR @ Gorilla + Deaf Institute // Gus Dapperton @ Academy 3 // FEELS @ YES

// International Women’s Day falls this Friday, celebrating women’s achievements and a calling for gender equality. Deaf Institute and Gorilla combine their efforts to bring us SHE PWR, an inclusive space that welcomes humans of all genders, ethnicities, sexualities, disabilities and identities, featuring talks with prominent female creatives and entrepreneurs, a maker’s market, art, live music and DJs along with plenty of food and drink. Over at Academy 3, New York talent Gus Dapperton returns to the city and Californian grunge quartet FEELS take over YES.

Saturday 9th: Gizehfest @ Soup Kitchen // Mashrou’ Leila @ Gorilla //

// Local indie label Gizeh Records bring us another edition of Gizehfest at Soup Kitchen, back for a second year celebrating their diverse roster and bringing together a selection of boundary-pushing artists. Lebanese alt-rock four-piece Mashrou’ Leila have found a huge following combining electro-pop and alt-rock anthems with political commentary on freedom, LGBT rights, race, religion and Arabic identity in the modern world. This week sees them drop into Gorilla on their biggest European tour to date. Read our recent interview with the band here.

Sunday 10th: Drake @ The Arena // Free Jazz @ Band On The Wall

// We end the week with a big hitter in the shape of Canadian rapper Drake, performing across the globe following the release of fifth album ‘Scorpion’. Band On The Wall offer another night of FREE music in the shape of Free Jazz, hosting an eclectic crop of experimental musicians spanning hip hop, jazz and electronica.


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