FEAST YOUR EYES AND EARS ON THE BEST GIGS COMING YOUR WAY THIS WEEK.
It’s dismally dreary here in the North West of England, and can only imagine it is the same throughout the rest of the country. As the days continue to stay unfathomably mild and wet (a combination I cannot and will not get on board with), it only seems right to have something to look forward at the end of the day – and a gig or two sounds like the best thing. A room of wet (sweat or rain?) people who have all trudged out to make it feel like the day hasn’t finished at 4pm and squishing together like little sardines – it’s quite nice when you think about it… trust me.
ACADEMY 2 – ALDOUS HARDING
New Zealand folk singer-songwriter Aldous Harding is back in Manchester for the second time this year, after playing Gorilla in May. Her dreamy vocals are a sure-fire way to cosy on up this winter and seeing her live is one of the only ways to experience her emotional lyrics and melodies. She’s an artist of calibre quite different to that of your average singer-songwriter – she puts her whole body into her music and this is clearly resonated in both her studio and live performances. It’s an evening that will surely blow you away.
The past few years have seen Bicep descend upon the top of electronic music, performing across the world to adoring fans. They’re back in Manchester putting on an evening you won’t forget. A mashup of everything you want and can dance to – house, disco, techno and funk. What’s not to want? You’ll be treated to a whole host of amazing acts, from 808 State to Floating Points, Avalon Emerson to Cromby, and so many more. From five in the evening till four in the morning, you’re going to have to make sure your stamina is up to scratch if you want to enjoy all the night has to offer – trust me, you’re gonna want to!
Australian trio, Dune Rats, are as much fun as you can imagine them just by looking at ’em. Boasting raw, raucous energy, the band are known for their live shows, so you’ve kind of got to be there. They’ve sold out countless headline national tours and a forty-stop tour of North America and Europe. These boys know what they’re doing and if you need a bit of light in the winter eve, they’ll put on the perfect soundtrack to an Aussie beach party.
A totally unique and raw talent that grabs your attention from the first note – that’s how we would describe Lily Moore. She’s just 21 years old yet is oozing with cool as she takes inspiration from Lauryn Hill and Etta James in her work. Her songwriting is stripped back and honest, seeming as if it just flows out of her with little to no effort. With a deep and powerful voice you’re going to want to catch her soon, she’s going to blow up before you know it.
After forming in a squat in Peckham in 2011, Fat White Family are touring in support of their latest album ‘Serfs Up!’, which was released in April. The band gained fans in response to their mix of punk, rock ‘n’ roll and psychedelia that is reminiscent of The Fall and Butthole Surfers. This is the end of their UK tour, but is the beginning of their four day residency at Hackney’s EartH.
The three piece Texan band are returning to the UK with their cool, calm demeanour. They may make music in a barn, but their worldly sound has won them praise from all over. Their music will transport you from rainy London to vast sweeps of sand, with the sound of the sea in the background (at least that’s what I imagine when I listen to it…). The band’s exotic and psychedelic funk is just what we all need. Their sound is reminiscent of world music, but they have injected their own sound into it and made a way for themselves and the sound they project.
Your favourite funk and soul uncle – a funkle, if you will… The legendary actor, host and broadcaster is one of the UK’s most beloved funk and soul DJ’s. From Robot Wars to Coronation Street to Red Dwarf, Craig Charles has now found himself grounded as a funk and soul icon. After ten years broadcasting on BBC 6 Music with their prime time Saturday night show, it’s about time. If you’re after an evening to warm you up and shake you down then there really isn’t anywhere else to be but boogying with Craig Charles!
Making an extremely rare UK appearance for a solo headline, Adam Beyer is up in Newcastle for a night of up close and personal techno. A husband, father and certified underground icon, the Stockholm-based DJ and producer embodies one of the most consistent and constructed legacies to emerge from Europe, and holds influence across the world. Beyer’s music legacy is felt across the continents. Be there.
Are you ready to see a truly iconic night of hip hop? Well look no further as Grandmaster Flash gets you hip hop happenin’ into the night! The night will be one of the most interactive and visual evenings of hip-hop told to you by the innovator and creator of it himself. Showing you the ins and outs of hip hop, from the people to the places and the techniques that helped start it all, you’re going to be able to get involved in one of the best hip-hop block parties around.