Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

Manchester’s Autumn months are always chock-a-block with great gigs, and this year is no exception. In September, we eagerly anticipate the gigs from two legends of their respective genres, Edwyn Collins and Michael Rother, who will be playing at Gorilla two days apart.

From legends to ones-to-watch, first light’s novus will be returning bigger than ever, with Monkeytown’s Alex Banks headlining the Manchester label’s first event at Foundation.

Looking ahead to October, Dutch grunge-pop quartet Pip Blom will be showing off their latest album Boat at Gorilla, which marks their biggest Manchester gig to date. Lastly, at Mayfield Depot, Four Tet will continue his winning streak with a huge night at The Warehouse Project. This features the likes of Peggy Gou, DJQ and of course the electro polymath himself.

Read about all of these events in our music guide below, which also features Gogo Penguin, Aphex Twin and Marika Hackman.

Here are our picks

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Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.

Jazz at the Deli llama
Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

Jazz at the Deli llama

Every Thursday join some of Manchester’s freshest players, for Jazz at the Deli Llama, a cosy deli on a corner in Salford that comes alive with vibes.

Music 18 May–1 October 2019, FREE

Free Jazz at Band on the Wall

Contemporary jazz from some of the most exciting up and coming ensembles in the north.

Music 20 May–26 August 2019, from £5

NQ Jazz at the Whiskey Jar

With international artists as well as those making waves in the UK, NQ Jazz at the Whiskey Jar brings virtuosic musicianship and big names to the cosy whiskey jar basement.

Music 22 May–8 October 2019, FREE

Fraternity Jazz Jam at the Thirsty Scholar

Join a host of regular Jazz players from the Manchester scene as they share their love of music with anyone willing to get involved.

Vintage by the Sea
Families 31 August–1 September 2019, FREE

Vintage by the Sea in Morecambe

Celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment at this award-winning festival set around Morecambe’s famous art deco Midland Hotel.

DJ Jam Workshop
Exhibitions 4 September 2019, 4:30 pm–6:30 pm, FREE

DJ Jam Workshop at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

One of the free workshops from Salford Museum and Art Gallery join an intergenerational DJ jam where you’ll have the opportunity to learn mixing techniques as well as being exposed to some cross generational disk spinning.

Hallé
Classical Music 19 September 2019–30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

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.

Music 19–25 September 2019, from £14.50

The Hallé – Shostakovich’s Defiant Response at The Bridgewater Hall

The Hallé pairs Beethoven’s magic with Shostakovich’s defiance in this Bridgewater Hall concert, which stars virtuoso pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

Culture Guides

Cinema

Escape to the cinema this month. We round up the best new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives showing near you.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

Exhibitions

Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars

Families

All the most creative experiences for your family; inside, outside and in to space! The best family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Guy Garvey

Literature

August is quiet, but the books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.

Theatre in Manchester

Theatre

We’re gearing up for the new theatre season – our guide this month features all the best performances happening now and over the next few weeks.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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Tours and Activities

Challenge yourself to try something different this summer with our guide of Manchester based Tours and Activities. You’re bound to find something new to do in the city.

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Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

Music 18 May–1 October 2019, FREE

Free Jazz at Band on the Wall

Music 20 May–26 August 2019, from £5

NQ Jazz at the Whiskey Jar

Jazz at the Deli llama
Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

Jazz at the Deli llama

a row of 4 historical tudor figures that you may encounter on this outdoor trail at speke hall
Families 20 July–1 September 2019, FREE

Trailblazing Tudors at Speke Hall