We have some hotly anticipated gigs coming up in Manchester and the north over the next few months! The electrifying Ibibio Sound Machine are taking over YES for a whole weekend in March, before The Cinematic Orchestra bring their majestic fusion of jazz and electronica to Manchester Academy a week later. Then comes the somber soul of James Blake at Victoria Warehouse, which represents one of just three UK dates on the mercurial artist’s Assume Form tour. And on the rock side of the spectrum, you can catch grunge trio Our Girl at The Sacred Trinity, as well as an exciting collaboration between Moon Duo and AV artist Emmanuel Biard in a disused industrial warehouse in Salford.
We also have all of this to look forward to: Poppy Ackroyd, Nils Frahm, The Orielles, Jon Hopkins, Beatrice Dillon and Keith Harrison, Olivia Chaney, Ólafur Arnalds, Actress, Boy Harsher, The Magic Flute, Katya Kabanova, as well as The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi.
And there’s even more below.
Here are our picks
Sidestepping categorisation for over a decade, Actress remains one of the most singular voices in electronic music. Opportunities to watch him live are rare, but opportunities to watch him in the creative zenith of his career are even rarer.
Music trends work in cycles, and in the rock world we’re currently experiencing a revival of barely-produced, grungy guitar bands with stellar song-writing at their core. Our Girl is one of the newest and most exciting on the scene.
The culminating performance of the 14th Samarbeta residency premieres a collaboration between synth-led psych band Moon Duo and AV artist Emmanuel Biard.
Millions of listeners enjoy BBC Philharmonic concerts on Radio 3, recorded or broadcast live from the outstanding acoustic of The Bridgewater Hall, making this orchestra one of the most widely heard in the country.
We look forward to a truly exciting season of concerts from the Hallé, whose 2018-19 is filled with music that pinpoints vital moments in our cultural history, from Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ to Janáček’s ‘The Glagolitic Mass’.
The RNCM Spring Season has been announced, and we can’t wait to tell you all about it.
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.
Over the final weekend of February, award winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth will lead the very first Manchester Vocal Weekend.
The BBC Philharmonic celebrates Robin Holloway’s 75th birthday with a brand new work by the treasured English composer, given its world premiere by guest soloist Håkan Hardenberger. Also tonight, a rare performance of Valentin Silvestrov’s transcendent Fifth Symphony, one of the best-kept secrets in contemporary music.
The Hallé is joined by conductor Jamie Phillips for Mozart’s ‘Paris’ Symphony, John Casken’s ‘Madonna of Silence’, and the centrepiece of the evening, Prokofiev’s ‘Fifth Symphony’.
Seasoned singer-songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and a true entertainer, Mario Jose will be returning to RNCM this March for a rare collaboration with the Session Orchestra.