From rising stars playing basement sets to open air shows by your favourite bands’ favourite bands, there are some gems in this month’s music picks.
Thrillingly experimental and drawing on a potpourri of influences, Sorry are an ambitious band, but cover their tracks well; their 2020 debut album 925 was laced with all the irony and begrudging cool that the North London scene buzzes off these days. But that’s all smoke and mirrors; Sorry are brilliant songwriters, and an exciting live prospect at YES’ intimate basement venue.
Tirzah has been at the centre of the underground British RnB scene for the better half of a decade, her songs offering up hallucinatory celebrations of recovery, change and love. It’ll be great to catch them performed live in a venue as acoustically on-point as The Stoller Hall later this month.
Pixies, one the most influential and pioneering bands still operating today, blazed the trail for everyone from Pearl Jam to Nirvana to Radiohead. This summer they return to Castlefield Bowl, supported by Manchester live favourites The Slow Readers Club and Dutch alt-pop trio Klangstof.
Whether or not you subscribe to the idea that The Strokes “saved rock music”, it’s hard to imagine what the noughties would have looked or sounded like without them. A breathing avatar of New York City, the twin punch of their whip-smart garage rock and their perfectly dishevelled, elegantly wasted aesthetic made a massive cultural imprint. And their latest album, The New Abnormal, proves they aren’t going anywhere. Well maybe Lytham Festival in July.
What else? The best flora-themed hypno-folk-metal collaboration you’ll have heard in recent months (Richard Dawson and Circle), a qanun player whose music offers up a personal journey through the war in Syria (Maya Youssef), and a rundown of the best summer festivals in the North.
Here are our picks
Pixies, one the most influential and pioneering bands still operating today, are returning to Castlefield Bowl, supported by Manchester live favourites The Slow Readers Club and Dutch alt-pop trio Klangstof.
Geordie troubadour Richard Dawson performs with Finnish Heavy Metal band Circle in support of their collaborative album — the greatest flora-themed hypno-folk-metal record you’ll have heard in recent months.
From all-nighters to family-friendly fun via considered, thought provoking weekends, we select out top picks from the many, many festivals taking place in the North this summer.
Manchester Psych Fest, the UK’s leading psychedelic music and arts festival, returns this September, and with the second wave of artists now announced, the 9th edition of Psych Fest is set to be the best yet as it takes over Manchester for one day only.
Manchester Folk Festival is back with a huge line-up and a new venue on the books. We take a look at the artists playing at this year’s city-wide festival, from Grace Petrie to Lady Maisery.
This year, The Stoller Hall aims to connect audiences with nature through music, getting us thinking about everything from climate change to our relationship with the animal kingdom. Take a look at our highlights from their Sounds of Nature programme.
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From Jimi Hendrix to Pink Floyd, Manchester’s iconic New Century Hall once played host to some of the most influential artists on the planet. Following a £10m transformation, the ’60s dance-hall is returning this summer. Take a look at what’s in store.
‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.
It’s not just Symphony Orchestras or big name artists that perform as the RNCM, their lunchtime and spotlight concerts showcase the best student performers in more intimate settings.
Bring an instrument and learn with the best Klezmer players in Manchester with Klezmer Tune Club at Manchester Jewish Museum.
Coming to Bradford in May, Footloose is an effervescent show based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm.
Join the RNCM for what’s always a highlight of the College’s year: the RNCM Symphony Orchestra’s performance at The Bridgewater Hall.
Manchester Camerata performs by side with RNCM students in a concert featuring works by Jessie Montgomery, Antonín Dvořák and Felix Mendelssohn.
One of the UK’s leading arts events, Buxton International Festival is a glorious summertime celebration of opera, music and books.
Watch a one-of-a-kind concert at the RNCM this July, with young musicians from leading music conservatoires around the world coming together to perform as an international ensemble: The 21c Global Orchestra.