Lost in the middle distance between Christmas and spring, February, if we’re being honest, is a bit bleak, isn’t it? The weather’s grim, everyone’s skint and the festive bulge remains. BUT there is a saving grace amid these trying times: SO. MANY. GIGS.
Diligent as ever, we’ve scoured the gig listings for Manchester and the north, and have rounded up the cream of the crop.
New additions this month include garage rock stalwarts The Growlers, ambient electronica wizard Steve Hauschildt, and the indefatigable Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Also new is seminal producer DJ Shadow, and fast-rising singer-songwriter, Julia Bardo.
With plenty more to sink your teeth into below (The Murder Capital, Sleater Kinney, Aerial Festival, Eliza Carthy, The Grahams, Thom Yorke), we present to you the best gigs in Manchester and the north.
Here are our picks
In support of their 10th studio album The Centre Won’t Hold, feminist punks Sleater Kinney are bringing their mighty-as-ever live show to Manchester Academy, one of only two UK dates on their current tour.
Use Hearing Protection tells the story of Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.
From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.
An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.
Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.
Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.
Spanning a plethora of genres, from classical to folk to Americana, The Stoller Hall’s Spring season is an eclectic delight. Read about it here.
The RNCM Spring Season is nearly here, and we can’t wait to tell you about it! Ranging from concerts to operas to short film showcases, read our top picks.
Funk guitarist Cory Wong returns to Manchester with a joyous new album and his signature blend of guitar wizardry, laugh-out-loud jokes and eccentric visuals.
If you’re a fan of world music, then Awesome Tapes From Africa’s show at Band on the Wall is an absolute must this February.