This Wednesday marks the first official day of Spring, and along with it come those uplifting seasonal playlists and warmer, brighter days, safe in the knowledge that an incoming festival season lies just around the corner. From local budding talent to international artists in full bloom, here are our pick of the bunch for the best shows in Manchester this week.

Monday 18th // Sumac @ Deaf Institute // Nicki Minaj & Juice WRLD @ The Arena

// Featuring members of Russian Circles, ISIS the band, Baptists and Endon, metal outfit Sumac start us off this week at Deaf. Elsewhere, Global hip hop star Nicki Minaj also makes an appearance at the Arena.

Tuesday 19th // Bayonne @ YES

// Texan minimalist composer and electronic musician Roger Sellers, better know to you and I as Bayonne, visits YES with the release of second studio album ‘Drastic Measures’ on the near horizon.

Wednesday 20th // My Baby @ Band On The Wall

Dutch-Kiwi trio My Baby drop into Band On The Wall on their latest world tour, having just seen off the release of fourth album ‘MOUNAIKI: By The Bright Of The Night’.

Thursday 21st // Jessica Pratt @ YES

// Returning with third album ‘Quiet Signs’, revered LA folk songstress Jessica Pratt visits YES on a European tour.

Friday 22nd // Sharon Van Etten @ Albert Hall

// Genre-blending singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten visits Manchester following huge acclaim for her fifth LP ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, currently riding high on the 6Music charts.

Saturday 23rd // Ulrich Schnauss @ Gorilla

// Ambient techno master Ulrich Schnauss brings his multi-layered soundscapes and hypnotic beats to Gorilla, touring ‘Now is a Timeless Present’, a career-spanning retrospective covering key works from his past two decades in the business.

Sunday 24th // Jake Isaac @ The Castle Hotel

// Following on from a flurry of announcements including his new EP, his new single and his headline London show, the South London soul-folk singer announces his second single; the uplifting and feel-good anthem ‘BAD VIBES’.

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