We’ve decided to have a quick lil revamp on the ‘What’s On This Weekend?’ section, and change it to ‘What’s On This Week’, because Thursday’s might not be the beginning of the end for a lot of you if you have the luxury of working in retail or hospitality (other weekend working jobs are available). So lo and behold, a revised edition of ‘What’s On’ for you to have a nosey at, maybe indulge and have a splurge on a gig ticket or two…
Ah, Manchester. Land of the great (maybe I’m a little biased) and where you are in no shortage of amazing gigs to go to and new music to find. There are a couple of smaller venues on here, maybe a couple you haven’t heard of – but you should definitely go to.
ALBERT HALL – THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
Surreal and dreamlike Kristian Matsson returns to Manchester as The Tallest Man On Earth, performing his latest record ‘I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream.’ released in April. On his last UK date on the tour it’s set to be an atmospheric gig, and luckily enough for you there are still tickets left. If you’re looking for something to tug at your heart strings, lift you up and bring you straight back down again in the best kind of way, then you’ve got to be here.
Manchester based trio are playing an ace hometown venue for them, Fairfield Social Club, just the day after releasing their brilliant and vibrant debut album on Friday 8th, through their new label Alcopop. The band vent heightened emotions of frustration through the medium of alternative rock, full of catharsis and inclusivity. Catch them while you can at such an intimate venue – these guys are definitely going to blow up!
iluvlive is a live music and artist development platform, and this time are coming to Manchester. They are a not-for-profit National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England, and have been operating since 2004. The lineup features Kyra, Medley Lema, Falyra Bloom and Chiko and for £4 a ticket with some amazing emerging names in music, what’s your excuse?
I thought Manchester was inundated with with gigs and shows to go to… boy was I mistaken! I know London is bigger than Manchester, but christ, this takes the biscuit. That’s why there are a couple more for this section as there are just too many amazing things to even comprehend – damn, you lucky Southeners!
XOYO – 16-PIECE ORCHESTRA PERFORMING DAFT PUNK
Yes, really! Over the past year, Re:imagine’s orchestral rendition of Daft Punk has become one of the UK’s most sought after musical experiences. After hosting 70 sold out shows, you’ve got to catch it! What’s not to love about electronic music being played by, wait for it, strings?! Featuring an immersive light show and elaborate visuals it is set to be a performance to remember.
The lovely five-piece, who were hailed as one of the guitar band’s last big hopes when they emerged in 2011, are back with loads of new releases and new gigs too! With shimmering and immersive pop songs just don’t stop coming from these guys, and their latest single ‘Simplicity’ is no different. Frontman Fred Macpherson explains that the track is about “[walking] away from the things that make you unhappy” and to “be less selfish, less bitter.” I think that’s something we could all do with a bit of!
Why don’t you head on Up The Junction to see Squeeze tomorrow night? The South London legends came onto the scene some forty years ago, but their songs have stood the test of time and don’t show any signs of ageing! This date has been added to their tour The Difford and Tilbrook Songbrook 2019. The tour will be in support of The Trussell Trust, with drop points and collection boxes where can donate money or non-perishables which they don’t need anymore.
Vampire Weekend are back, back, back in our lives and we welcome them with open arms. Their latest album ‘Father Of The Bride’ comes with heavy feature from Danielle Haim, a walking talking goddess, and is a jaunty and fun album that truly emulates the joy that comes from Vampire Weekend. Of course they’ll be doing their old stuff too, which have never stopped being bops, tbh. You need to be here.
And so, back up north we go to Liverpool, a nook in the North West that we know and love for proper good music.
ZANZIBAR – LARKINS
Indie pop quartet, Larkins, are set to play Zanzibar in Liverpool, showing off their fun energy and catchy tunes. After being a band for over a year and a half now, the band’s success is going from height to height as their shows are getting bigger and bigger. They just featured on an episode of Made in Chelsea, looking and sounding effortlessly cool in the background. Catch them now before they start selling out arenas!
Gorgeous sister band from the Pacific Northwest, Joseph, make their way to Glasgow, with beautifully honest words and genetically perfect harmonies – I guess some people do really have it all… Comprised of sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner and named in honour of their grandfather, the trio from Oregon deliver evocative vocals and true musicianship that can’t be missed.