From Irish hip hop to Afrobeat, absurdist punk to post-metal, this month’s music guide is a real melting pot.
Below, read about Kojaque, a Dublin rapper who fuses silky jazz beats with poetic lyrics about the issues that he sees plaguing his home city. With rumblings of an explosive future, catch him at Soup Kitchen before he graduates to larger stages.
Over at YES on the same night, Fuck Buttons co-founder Blanck Mass will be reflecting on the chaos of modern Britain. His recent Animated Violence Mild is one of the bleakest, most intense electronic albums of 2019, and is sure to make for a thrilling live show.
We’re also shining light on local talent this month, starting with Pijn, the city’s most distinctive post-metal band. Their debut album Loss has a pretty amazing backstory, which you can read about here before it’s performed in full at Soup Kitchen.
Manchester’s own MOLD, meanwhile, are a punk band with a tendency towards grim absurdism. Joined by three more Manchester bands, they’ll be dreaming of a black Christmas in the bowels of YES. Ahead of the gig, we caught up with the quartet to see why we should all check out the MOLD in the basement this December…
Nudging into the new year, London 8-piece Kokoroko are bringing their soul-shaking blend of neo-jazz and Afrobeat to Gorilla. They’ve been on our radar ever since Gilles Peterson closed his We Out Here compilation with their addictive ‘Abusey Junction’.
Here are our picks
This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.
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.
From concerts to film screenings to operas, we select our top 5 highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose thematic focus is Migration.
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.
People’s History Museum invites your babies and tots to sing Lennon, Dylan, Seeger and Strummer and celebrate the rebel in them all!
Take a trip through the magical world of winter festival songs with Manchester Community Choir at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.
A powerful story of faith, bravery and redemption, Poulenc’s ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’ promises to be a highlight of the RNCM’s Autumn season.