In this month’s music guide, you’ll find some of the most creative and forward-thinking artists that 2019 has to offer. Top of the list is GAIKA, whose magnetic blend of gothic dancehall and industrial electronics will bring the fire to YES. Similarly nuanced, Max Cooper’s latest IDM-meets-classical album will be presented with immersive 270 visuals at Gorilla. The darkly enchanting music of Adriaan de Roover, meanwhile, finds an intriguing home at Chorlton’s Barbecue as part of Novus, a new night by First Light Records. And over at The Peer Hat, Werkha tops the bill of Foot Therapy’s latest fundraiser, Love To the World. Oh, and we just had to shout about the huge line-up at Sounds From The Other City, which features unhinged math-rockers Black Midi, Belgian punks Cocaine Piss, and laid-back rap maestro Barney Artist.
That’s not all we’ve got in our sights, though. Scroll down for much more, including the latest word on both Manchester Jazz Festival and Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival, as well as the lowdown on turntablist Shiva Feshareki’s exciting performance at Sheffield’s Chamber Music Festival. We’ve also selected five top picks from the RNCM Summer Season 2019, which features some real treasures this year.
Here are our picks
The culminating performance of the 14th Samarbeta residency premieres a collaboration between synth-led psych band Moon Duo and AV artist Emmanuel Biard.
Presented by Manchester-based label and arts platform First Light Records, Adriaan de Roover headlines brand new electronic and audio-visual night Novus, intriguingly held at Chorlton’s Barbecue.
Inspired by Janáček’s wonderful Intimate Letters string quartet, violinist Rakhi Singh and producer Vessel unite in a thrilling collaboration at the RNCM.
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.
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’.
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.
Steven Osborne made the definitive recording of Tippett’s masterpiece several years ago – and tonight, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, he joins the BBC Philharmonic to perform it live. Also on the programme, two symphonies by 20th-century pioneers: Sibelius’s brilliant Sixth, and a vital work written by Stravinsky ‘to the glory of God’.
Leeds International Festival, the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas and innovation, is back for its second year, this time featuring more than 45 events over 11 days.
Throughout history people have used songs to help express their ideas. Join singer/songwriter Matt Hill (Quiet Loner) for this multi-sensory workshop full of toe tapping tunes from times of change. M
Either side of Sophie Bevan’s performance, conducted by English National Opera’s Music Director Martyn Brabbins, two epic fourth symphonies by great Britons, each a single movement: James MacMillan’s kaleidoscopic masterpiece, premiered at the 2015 BBC Proms to huge acclaim, and Michael Tippett’s punch-packing odyssey from birth through life to our inevitable end.
Applications are now open for an opportunity to collaborate with songwriter and vocalist Gwenno. Emerging female musicians from Merseyside and the Wirral will have the chance to work collaboratively, writing new music to be performed at Sound City Festival.