Some of the world’s most exciting producers are heading to Manchester and the north in the coming months. Below, we cover the shows that are particularly unmissable.
Read about one of the most influential forces in contemporary electronic music, Oval, whose singular, glitchy world will soon be waiting at the bottom of Soup Kitchen’s sticky stairs. Also performing in that basement venue is Joy Orbison, whose turn towards a more dystopian, off-kilter brand of garage-house is getting us hot under the collar.
Even more exciting is Call Super’s upcoming show at The White Hotel. Feverishly creative and meticulous in every aspect of his work, the young producer and DJ has carved out a unique position in the electronic music landscape, and will no doubt bring the heat to Salford’s favourite sweatbox.
On a similar note, we look forward to the next novus, a monthly night of genre-defying electronic music and live visuals presented by first light at Barbecue. This instalment is headlined by Piksel, who is quickly becoming a name to know in the world of experimental electronica.
And a name that you already know, legendary hip hop producer Madlib will be giving a rare performance at Belgrave Music Hall. Widely regarded as one of the greatest in the game, he’s been lighting fires in the hip hop world for over 20 years now, and is unmissable in Leeds.
With so much musical goodness to look forward to, keep scrolling for more of the most exciting shows in Manchester and the north.
Here are our picks
Ever-praised for his fun-loving shows and outrageous on-stage antics, rock and roll rapscallion Mac Demarco is playing a particularly exciting show at The Piece Hall this June. Including a breakdown of his latest record, Here Comes The Cowboy, here’s what to expect from the gig.
For her 2019 tour expect a sound boiled down to its true essence, performing her songbook solo with piano and guitar, the sound fans have craved since her much loved solo shows in support of the 2006 début, Real Life. Not to be missed.
As part of Manchester International Festival’s David Lynch Presents… weekend at HOME, the ever-evolving These New Puritans will be performing a one-off set featuring re-imagined pieces from Lynch’s films, presented in dialogue with their own back catalogue.
Forever sidestepping uniformity, Supersonic is an internationally-renowned experimental music and arts festival held in Birmingham. Neurosis, Anna Von Hausswolff and Godflesh top this year’s excellent line-up.
Queens of the Electronic Underground at The Ritz, 20 July 2019, from £10
Featuring Jlin, Holly Herndon and Aïsha Devi, Queens of the Electronic Underground boasts one of the most forward-thinking line-ups of MIF 2019.
Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition will cast visitors into a time warp of music and sound, featuring an array of copyright-expired archival material from across the last 100 years.
This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.
It looks like 2019 is going to be a great year for The Stoller Hall, with some wonderful concerts coming up in its Spring Season.
Every Thursday join some of Manchester’s freshest players, for Jazz at the Deli Llama, a cosy deli on a corner in Salford that comes alive with vibes.
Contemporary jazz from some of the most exciting up and coming ensembles in the north.
With international artists as well as those making waves in the UK, NQ Jazz at the Whiskey Jar brings virtuosic musicianship and big names to the cosy whiskey jar basement.
Matt and Phreds, Manchester’s favourite Jazz establishment, opens its stage to all every Monday with jams lead by familiar names from a cross section of jazz traditions.
This Summer, Picturehouse brings some of the biggest voices back to the big screen as part of Headline Acts: Summer of Music.
Join a host of regular Jazz players from the Manchester scene as they share their love of music with anyone willing to get involved.