Warmer and brighter evenings are turning our thoughts towards the approaching festival season, and we plan on getting in the mood this week with a bank holiday and the welcome return of a much revered one-day festival. Read on for our picks of what we can look forward to in Manchester this week…

Monday 29th: The Coathangers @ Soup Kitchen

// Punk rock/garage outfit The Coathangers get us underway this week. Formed at a small house party in Atlanta back in 2006, the punk trio have just seen off the release of sixth studio album ‘The Devil You Know’.

Tuesday 30th: BC Camplight @ Band On The Wall

// Ethereal alt-folk songsmith BC Camplight makes a welcome return at Band On The Wall, with latest album ‘Deportation Blues’ still finding fans, with Manchester now being his adopted hometown.

Wednesday 1st: Sun Ra’s Arkestra @ Gorilla

// The Sun Ra Arkesta (under the stewardship of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen) play a rare show at Gorilla. Founded by cosmic jazz composer, keyboardist, bandleader and philosopher Sun Ra, one of the most important figures in 60s avante garde jazz

Thursday 2nd: Nile Marr @ Night & Day Cafe

// Johnny’s son Nile plays the first of six slots at the Night & Day Cafe, fresh from touring the world with Hans Zimmer’s live band, now returning to Manchester to work on his new album.

Friday 3rd: Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Academy 3

// In a career stretching across six decades, seminal US soul singer Lee Fields knows a thing or two about putting on a good show. Fans will be excited to hear then that, backed by his band The Expressions, the James Brown-influenced vocalist and songwriter will be back this week at Academy 3.

Saturday 4th: Fat White Family @ The Ritz

// Raucous seven-piece Fat White Family return to the city following the release of third album ‘Serfs Up!’, best described as a “shimmering spectacle of delight” by The Quietus.

Sunday 5th: Sounds From The Other City @ Regent Trading Estate

// It’s back! Manchester’s favourite inner-city indie festival Sounds From The Other City returns for the 15th outing. This year’s event sees 15 of the North West’s finest independent promotors teaming up, once again, to showcase the best in music, art and performance.

Monday 6th: MONO @ Gorilla

// Looking ahead to the bank holiday, Japanese instrumental collective MONO visit Gorilla following the release of tenth album ‘Nowhere Now Here’.

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