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.
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Here are our picks
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.
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.
Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.
It’s not just Symphony Orchestras or big name artists that perform as the RNCM, their lunchtime concerts showcase the best student performers and international guests in more intimate settings.
Catch Brussels and Marseille based heavy alternative three piece Donna Candy at SOUP as part of their debut UK tour.
Old Chapel Music studio in Holdback, Leeds is offering an interactive historical music tour that opens its doors and ears to the public.
RNCM’s Spring Season is packed with typically exciting concerts from both established artists and the next generation of musicians.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, HOME present William Wyler’s classic romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
Manchester Collective bring a brand new staged world premiere of Alice Zawadski’s Bag of Bones to the RNCM as part of their spring season.
Sir Stephen Hough is returning to his alma mater for an evening of solo piano works featuring Debussy, Mompou and his own composition.