music: manchester gig guide, #1

Manchester Gig Guide (26th April – 2rd May)

Manchester is the music hub of the UK, meaning every night features a whirlwind of live artists bouncing across the city. From Tuesday – Monday, we give you a tailored list of acts playing across Manchester and point you towards where you should be spending your nights in a drunken haze.



Tuesday 26th – VANT, Deaf Institute 

The Parlophone-signed UK answer to The Orwells – VANT are bringing their punk-rock blend of trembling guitars and cut-throat lyrics to Manchester’s Deaf Institute. Expect your Tuesday evening to feature: chugs of beer clinging to your clothes, sweat from lead singer, Matty Vant, mingling with yours due to an impromptu stage-dive and an euphoric music experience filling a hole in your life for an extensive period. VANT are the answer.

Wednesday 27th Broken Hands, Gullivers

Gullivers NQ plays host on Wednesday night to easily one of the most excitingly-diverse five-piece’s around at the current moment, the genre-dodging Broken Hands. Their perfect blending of juxtaposing genres (think psychedelic meets garage) means that this Kent band appeal and dramatically enlighten, regardless of your flavour of music. The fact their live show is also betwitching means that Broken Hands are a win-win combination. Get your groove on in Gulliver’s this Wednesday night with the gang.

Thursday 28th – Dan Sartain, Night & Day Café 

An experimental trance/techno show not for the faint hearted. The eccentric snake hip-shaker, Dan Sartain, brings his innovative sounds of a peculiar fashion to the Northern Quarter-residing Night & Day Cafe. Expect a bellowing smorgasbord of sounds as well as the weird and wonderful character of Sartain injecting the crowd with unease. Support also comes in the form of the hotly-tipped Gorgeous Bully, a must see on any music lovers bucketlist.

Friday 29th – Mac Miller, O2 Ritz

It’s Friday night. You could be getting glammed up at home to spend your night on Deansgate Locks. You could be busy getting trashed, ready to cause havoc at Antwerp Mansion. Or, you could be captivated in a state of awe as you watch Pennsylvania rapper, Mac Miller, bring his world renowned sound to the O2 Ritz’s stage. The man needs no introduction and seriously, there isn’t a better way to spend your Friday night in Manchester than in his presence.

Saturday 30th – Murlo, Antwerp Mansion

Although classed as a club night rather than a gig, electronic experimenter Murlo returns to the city In sleek style, playing alongside Kahn & Neek at the notorious Antwerp Mansion. A fast-growing iconic DJ who is raising the bar and excelling in strength with every performance, Murlo is the perfect cocktailing of gig night and rave. Start your bank holiday weekend off the right way.

Sunday 1st May – Sounds from the Other City 2016, various venues

Sounds from the Other City is Salford’s celebration of music, culture and art. This year’s edition lands on a lazy Sunday, so get yourself up, dressed, fed and off rocking to some heart racing bands and artists. The line-up includes: Pumarosa, Tomaga and She Drew The Gun. Alongside these fantastic acts, you can catch dominating girl group The Big Moon and the wonderful indie-pop voyager, Oscar. An alternative way to spend your Sunday in Salford. For more information click here.

Monday 2nd May – Tindersticks, The Bridgewater Hall

May 2nd lands on a Monday. Although a quiet night for gigs in Manchester this week, that doesn’t mean the music stops. To get your fix, hop a long to see Nottingham veterans Tindersticks perform in the beautifully breathtaking Bridgewater Hall. A showcasing of their archaic material against some of their newly released (‘We Are Dreamers!’) makes a Tindersticks show a career-spanning extravaganza. Try something different this Monday night.


Full Gig Listings:


Tuesday 26th –

Kip Moore, Manchester Academy 2 – £15
Criolo, Band On The Wall – £16.50
Aquilo, Ruby Lounge – £8.50
VANT, Deaf Institute – SOLD OUT
Nikki Lane, Castle Hotel – £10
Gordon Raphael, Gullivers – N/A
Dirty Flowers, Joshua Brooks – N/A
Ashestoangels, Sound Control, £8.80


Wednesday 27th – 

Chris Cornell, The Bridgewater Hall – Various
UB40, O2 Apollo – £35
Broken Hands, Gullivers – £9
Hiatus Kaiyote, O2 Ritz – £20.50
Hayes Carll, The Deaf Institute – £16.50
Foxing / TTNG, Sound Control – £13.20
Samothrace, The Star & Garter – £7
Inner B, South – £12
Bruja, Aatma – £5
Fantastic Negrito, The Bridgewater Hall – N/A


Thursday 28th – 

Blood Ceremony, The Deaf Institute – £11
The Magic Gang, Sound Control – SOLD OUT
The Tapestry, Soup Kitchen – £6
YolanDa Brown w/ Lemar, Levi Roots & Matt Cardle, The Bridgewater Hall – £29.40+
Wussy, Castle Hotel
Dan Sartain, Night & Day Cafe – £11
Skutch Manos, Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club – N/A


Friday 29th

Matthew and the Atlas, The Deaf Institute – £8.50
Raleigh Ritchie, Manchester Club Academy – SOLD OUT
Klingande, Suede Nightclub – £14.85
Mac Miller, O2 Ritz – £17.50
Section 25, FAC251 – £12
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Waterside Arts Centre (Sale) – £22
Good Foxy, Castle Hotel – £7
Shemales From Outta Space of Death, Band on the Wall – N/A
The Rainband, Manchester Academy 2 – £10
Demons of Ruby Mae, Soup Kitchen – £5
Ghetto Child, The Ruby Lounge – £13.20
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It, Ruby Lounge – £14.30
Haelos, Night & Day Cafe – SOLD OUT
Plastician, The Deaf Institute – N/A

Saturday 30th – 

Yes, O2 Apollo – £39
Dixie Chicks, MEN Arena – £56.35
Shalamar, O2 Ritz – £27.50
Spear of Destiny, FAC251 – £16.50
This Will Destroy You, Sound Control – £13.20
Molotov Jukebox, Gorilla
Murlo, Antwerp Mansion – £7
Grant-Lee Phillips, The Deaf Institute – £16.50
Craig Charles, Band on the Wall – SOLD OUT
Mass Infection, The Retro Bar – N/A
Mayflower, Soup Kitchen – N/A
Alias Kid, Manchester Club Academy – N/A
Cash Band London, Manchester Academy 3 -N/A
Robbie Cavanagh, Castle Hotel
GotSome, Gorilla – SOLD OUT

Sunday 1st May – 

The Boxer Rebellion, The Deaf Institute – N/A
Showtek, Victoria Warehouse – £35.75
Above & Beyond, Albert Hall – N/A
Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Bridgewater Hall – £29.50
The Movielife, Gorilla – £17.50
Renegade Brass Band, Band on the Wall – £11
Sam Dickinson, Gullivers – £8.25
Stevie Williams, Castle Hotel – £5
Sounds From The Other City 2016, Various venues – £20

Monday 2nd May

Tindersticks, The Bridgewater Hall – £20
Blair Dunlop, Band on the Wall – £12


E Scott

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