Why not try some new music in 2017? Whether it’s a residency in a former mill, an original take on a film soundtrack, award-winning classical music in a brand new concert hall 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 help fill up your musical calendar…
Here are our picks
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.
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. The diverse line-up this year features the likes of Horsebeach, Flamingods, DUDS, The Lovely Eggs, Amber Arcades and Laura Cannell.
Sheffield’s legendary synthpop group The Human League celebrate their 40th year by headlining the opening night of Liverpool Sound City 2017 – which is itself marking its 10th outing. With seminal electronic band Art of Noise and former Factory Records group A Certain Ratio joining them, Clarence Dock hosts this extra special opening show.
Brazilian musician Seu Jorge marks the passing of David Bowie with this fitting tribute. The show will restage some of the most memorable scenes from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, with Jorge performing acoustic versions of Bowie hits in his native Portuguese.
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.
To mark 50 years since the Summer of Love, Liverpool welcomes the producer of one of the period’s most influential albums, Pet Sounds. Brian Wilson performs the psychedelic pop masterpiece, as well as rare cuts and other Beach Boys hits, for one of the very last times.
Now in its seventh year, Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival is a long summer weekend retreat for a few hundred people, organised by a bunch of friends and festival enthusiasts. This year’s event features headliners Moulettes, Baloji and Jesca Hoop, as well as a host of family theatre, interactive art, music workshops and plenty more besides.
Debuting this October, Manchester Folk Festival will highlight the best of English folk and acoustic roots music – with the initial artists involved including the likes of The Young ‘Uns, Tom Robinson, False Lights and Afro Celt Sound System. With 10 more concerts to be announced, watch this space