Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Managing Editor

More brilliant gigs appear on the horizon as we inch further into 2023.

New this month, Irish post punks The Murder Capital head to Manchester armed with their long-awaited second record, Gigi’s Recovery. Leftfield pop artist Jessica Smyth AKA Biig Piig hits up Gorilla ahead of what will no doubt be an explosive year for her, beginning with the release of debut album, Bubblegum.

Richard Dawson, one of Britain’s best, most humane songwriters, returns to Manchester for the first time since the release of his celebrated seventh album, The Ruby Cord. And Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters continues his This Is Not A Drill tour at Manchester’s AO Arena, bringing both solo and Pink Floyd material to the city for the first time in five years.

Also on our radar, Noise experimenter turned folk pop songstress Weyes Blood brings her transcendent fifth album And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow to The Ritz, France’s Gojira stop off in Manchester for the first time since their huge 2021 album, Fortitude, and Caroline Polachek showcases her massively anticipated album Desire, I Want to Turn Into You.

Read about all this and more below.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Weyes Blood at The Ritz

    Weyes Blood by Neil Krug.

    Weyes Blood at The Ritz, Manchester, 13 February 2023, from £20.65 - Book now

    Noise experimenter turned folk pop songstress, Natalie Mering AKA Weyes Blood is bringing her transcendent fifth album And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow to Manchester.

  • 2. Gojira at Victoria Warehouse

    Gojira by Travis Shinn

    Gojira at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, 14 February 2023, from £39.30 - Book now

    Gojira, France’s biggest metal export, head to Manchester this February – the band’s first headline show in the city since their acclaimed 2021 album, Fortitude.

  • 3. Caroline Polachek at Albert Hall

    Caroline Polachek by Nedda Asfari

    Caroline Polachek at Albert Hall, City Centre, 15 February 2023, from £25.00 - Book now

    One of those rare artists who makes treading the line between the experimental and the mainstream sound easy, Caroline Polachek’s massively anticipated new album drops on Valentine’s Day. Watch her in the majestic surrounds of Albert Hall the day after.

  • 4. The Murder Capital at Albert Hall

    The Murder Capital by James Kelly

    The Murder Capital at Albert Hall, City Centre, 16 February 2023, from £17.50 - Book now

    Irish post punks The Murder Capital are back with their long-awaited second record, Gigi’s Recovery – the follow-up to their brilliant 2019 debut album When I Have Fears.

  • 5. Biig Piig at Gorilla

    Biig Piig

    Biig Piig at Gorilla, Manchester, 20 March 2023, from £18.00 - Book now

    Working under the moniker Biig Piig, Jessica Smyth makes whispery, confessional pop that conceals R&B, hip hop, dance and stripped-back soul elements beneath a darkly dreamy sheen.

  • 6. Richard Dawson at New Century

    Richard Dawson

    Richard Dawson at New Century, Manchester, 25 April 2023, from £18.00 - Book now

    Richard Dawson, one of Britain’s best, most humane songwriters, returns to Manchester for the first time since the release of his celebrated seventh album, The Ruby Cord.

  • 7. Roger Waters at AO Arena

    Roger Waters

    Roger Waters at Manchester Arena, Manchester, 10 June 2023, from £98.50 - Book now

    Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters continues his This Is Not A Drill tour at Manchester’s AO Arena, bringing both solo and Pink Floyd material to the city for the first time in five years.

  • 8. Turn It Up: The Power of Music at the Science and Industry Museum

    Science Museum Group © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

    Turn It Up: The Power of Music at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, Until 21 May 2023, from £6.00 - Book now

    Prepare to get hands-on at the Museum of Science and Industry’s new major exhibition exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.

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