The sun’s been out, temperatures are climbing and we’ve got a huge week of eclectic shows ahead in Manchester. What’s not to like? Whatever floats your boat, there’s a lot to look forward over the next seven days, including the small matter of Record Store Day 2019…

Monday 8th: James TW @ Academy 3

// Pop singer-songwriter James TW gets us underway this week with an evening at Academy 3, ahead of the release of his forthcoming debut album ‘Chapters’.

Tuesday 9th: Pom Poko @ Castle Hotel

// Pom Poko recently saw off the release of their debut album ‘Birthday’, via Bella Union. The quartet blend sweet “punky melodies” with “disco-fried art-rock eruptions”.

Wednesday 10th: Beirut @ Albert Hall

// Zach Condon brings his musical vehicle Beirut back to Manchester ahead of the release of fifth studio album ‘Gallipoli’. Visiting on a tour of North American and Europe, the new album has received plenty of praise for his latest sweet sounds.

Thursday 11th: William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops @ Albert Hall

// The Albert Hall host a special evening of music from the Manchester Camerata and William Basinski, back following a recent performance at The White Hotel for the latest interpretation of his masterpiece The Disintegration Loops.

Friday 12th: Girl Sweat X Cattle @ Soup Kitchen // A S T R O W O R L D #3 @ YES

// Two of Leeds’ finest descend on Soup Kitchen; the raucous Cattle and riotous Girl Sweat, supporting recent split LP ‘Live at Assembly House’. Over at YES, new rap night ASTROWORLD returns following on from two sold out shows.

Saturday 13th: Record Store Day @ Various Venues // Fontaines D.C. @ Gorilla

Happy Record Store Day! A date celebrated by stores, venues and audiophiles across the country, this year marks eleven years since the start of the annual event. You can browse through the full list of Record Store Day releases here. Back with live music, Dublin five-piece return to Manchester supporting the upcoming release of debut album ‘Dogrel’, set for release this Friday. Listen to latest single ‘Roy’s Tune’ below!

Sunday 14th: Talvin Singh @ Royal Exchange Theatre

// We end the week at the excellent Royal Exchange Theatre, with a visit from one of the UK’s most innovative musicians, as percussionist, producer and Mercury Prize-winning composer Talvin Singh visits.

That’s yer lot. Click here for full listings.

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