Music in Manchester and the North

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

Why not try some new music for the new year? Whether it’s a residency (or two) in a former mill, an original take on a film soundtrack, or the cream of Manchester’s current music scene coming together for an action-packed all-dayer, our top picks for the weeks and months ahead have it covered. We’ve even thrown in the odd summer festival to start filling up your 2017 calendar…

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. Dutch Uncles

    Dutch Uncles at The Dancehouse, Manchester, 15 March 2017, from £12.50 - Book now

    Manchester’s own prog-pop group Dutch Uncles bring their new album Big Balloon to Oxford Road’s Dancehouse theatre – an under-used gem of a venue that offers plenty of creative scope to the quartet.

  • 2. The Unthanks: How Wild The Wind Blows

    The Unthanks: How Wild The Wind Blows at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester, 19 April 2017, from £20.00 - Book now

    Mercury nominated folk group the Unthanks tackle the songs and poems of Molly Drake – best known as the mother of cult musician Nick Drake – some 60 years after they were first recorded.

  • 3. The Red Brick Sessions: Ravel, Adès, Strauss & Rebel

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    The Red Brick Sessions: Milhaud, Mozart & Ibert at Peel Hall, Manchester, 27 April 2017, free entry - Find Out More

    The BBC Philharmonic’s innovative Red Brick Sessions series ends its run with French Baroque the subject of this session. Couperin, Adès, Richard Strauss and Ravel make up the bulk of the programme.

  • 4. Sounds From the Other City 2017

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    Sounds From the Other City 2015. Photo: Mike Hughes.

    Sounds From the Other City 2017 at Islington Mill, Chapel Street, 30 April–1 May 2017, from £23 adv. - Book now

    One of the surefire highlights of the Manchester music calendar returns on this bank holiday Sunday – welcoming up-and-coming artists to churches, mills, warehouses and more along Salford’s Chapel Street.

  • 5. Bluedot Festival 2017

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    Bluedot Festival 2017 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 7–9 July 2017, from £129.00 - Book now

    Bluedot Festival returns to Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank in July 2017. With Alt-J, Orbital and Pixies announced as headliners, joined on the bill by Soulwax, Warpaint, Ezra Furman and Factory Floor, expect this year’s festival to be an extremely hot ticket.

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