Manchester’s music scene is on fine form as artists and audiences reconnect in ecstatic style. Here are our highlights from the city’s chock-a-block gig calendar, as we head towards winter.
BC Camplight’s story is pretty remarkable. In 2011, the singer-songwriter was homeless, self-destructive, and had burnt every bridge in his native Philadelphia. His decision to move 3000 miles away to a city called Manchester changed everything. Here, his bombastic and darkly hilarious music has earned him an ever-growing legion of devotees that see him as an anti-rockstar, an unfiltered talent. “I promise this will not be just another concert”, he says about his show at The Ritz on 8 December.
“Boundary pushing”, “cutting edge”, “future-leaning”… These kinds of phrases crop up in nearly every article you’ll read about Manchester Collective. And for good reason. The centrepiece of their next concert at The White Hotel is a piece by Ben Nobuto, whose music assimilates and responds to the dizzying array of digital media that Generation Z have lived with since birth. Distortion pedals, live electronics, amplified strings… This will be as far from your standard classical concert as you can imagine.
Berlin-based chanteuse Anika – a founding member of cult electro-psych outfit Exploded View – has just dropped her first solo album in over a decade. Changes is a second helping of avant-pop and skittering electronics that speaks decidedly to the present moment, bouncing between fraught intensity and guarded optimism. Catch her live at YES.
Read about all this and more below, and check out our Spotify playlist for artists – it’s filled with artists playing in Manchester in the coming weeks and months.
Here are our picks
Big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. A distortion pedal called the Ibanez Tube Screamer makes an appearance. As far from your usual classical concert as you’d expect from Manchester Collective.
An exhibition tracking Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.
Stockholm-based post punk band Viagra Boys’s new album Welfare Jazz sees them further explore the grubby underbelly of society, championing the world’s underdogs while taking aim at subjects like toxic masculinity and misogyny.
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.
‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.
Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.
Live theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember when its doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building.
With opera, dance, contemporary shows, musical theatre and high-flying circus adventures, it’s all happening in Salford this winter.
Experience in-person premiere of ‘What do you dream of?’ – a sound work created with the people of Greater Manchester.
The Stoller Hall’s Christmas programme is always a highlight of the festive cultural calendar, and this year is no different.
British violinist Chloë Hanslip joins the Northern Chamber Orchestra for a concert of Shostakovich, Grieg, Elgar and Finzi.