Some of the larger venues in our city may be quieter over festival season, but this marks a good opportunity to look forward to later in the year and get ‘adding to basket’. We’ve picked out a few shows you won’t want to miss across November and December.

Friday 8th November // The Rifles

// Together for 15 years, The Rifles have had top hits such as ‘Local Boy’ and ‘The Great Escape’, though are still to follow up most recent release, ‘The Rifles: Unplugged’. The London-based indie rock band play the biggest Manchester show to date on 8th November, with tickets on sale for £24.

Saturday 9th November // Half Moon Run

// Canadian indie-rock outfit bring a storming set to the Ritz, ending their three-year break from touring, though still to follow up their 2015 sophomore effort ‘Sun Leads Me On’. The band have also partnered up with the organisation PLUS1, meaning for every ticket bought, £1 will go towards organisations that bring equity, dignity and access to communities who need it. Get your tickets here.

Sunday 17th November // Fink

// Ninja Tune favourites Fink have recently announced details of a winter European tour, playing just two UK headline shows, at London’s Roundhouse and our own O2 Ritz. Led by Berlin-based singer-songwriter and musician Fin Greenall, the band’s new ‘All Give Tour’ features stops in Poland, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. Greenall & Co. will stop in Manchester on 17th November, with tickets on sale now for £17.50.

Tuesday 19th November // Fontaines D.C.

// In the space of just under 12 months, Fontaines D.C. have gone from selling out Night People last November, to an already sell out show at Gorilla in April, and now take things one step further with return this November, this time at The Ritz. The Dublin five-piece return supporting the upcoming release of debut album ‘Dogrel’, set for release on 12th April 2019. Listen to latest single ‘Big’ below. This show is sold out, but you can join the waiting list here.

Sunday 24th November // The Twilight Sad

// Scottish alt-rockers The Twilight Sad saw off the release of fifth album ‘It Won’t Be Like This All the Time’ earlier this year. Following a string of dates around the country which saw them play a blinder at Gorilla in February, the band have now confirmed further shows scheduled for November, including a date at The Ritz. The band’s full length debut came back in 2007, in the shape of ‘Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters’, quickly finding fans with their brand of alt-rock and shoegaze. Tickets are on sale here.

Thursday 19th + Friday 20th December // The Slow Readers Club

// Following a superb showing at The Apollo, dark and brooding Mancunian rockers The Slow Readers Club play two huge shows following their recent takeover of The Apollo. The band recently saw off the release of their third album, ‘Build a Tower’, which hit to Top 40. This show is sold out, but you can join the waiting list here. We’ll cross our fingers for you.

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Tickets for all shows are available here.

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