We’re now well into gig season and it’s proving to be a special one; artists, buzzing to be back on the road, are giving it their all, and crowds, equally thrilled, are properly going for it.
This month, we’ve got our eyes on electronica producer Rival Consoles and his live A/V show at RNCM. The first Erased Tapes signee was last seen live on stage with 17 players of the London Contemporary Orchestra for a sold-out orchestral performance at the Southbank Centre in January 2020. Now, he’s taking his excellent album Articulation on the road, accompanied by live visuals and a shape-shifting light show.
Also new this month, musical raconteur Baxter Dury is bringing his wry stories of life among the well-heeled yet poorly behaved to The Ritz. He’ll be supported by Audiobooks, from whom you can expect a head-spinning blast of freewheeling, freak-pop genius.
You can also read about Soccer96 at YES. The analogue synth/drum duo, who also make up two thirds of Mercury nominated band The Comet Is Coming, make fiery astral jazz cuts that take influence from everyone from Boards of Canada to Squarepusher. On stage, they play everything completely live, with no laptops, sequencers or software of any kind. It’s a recipe for live electronic music that’s truly exciting, impulsive, dangerous.
Over at YES, we’re looking forward to catching Nottingham’s Do Nothing performing tunes from their excellent sophomore EP Glueland. Equal parts taut post-punk and off-beat new wave, the quartet are one of the most exciting bands on the scene on the moment, snapping at the heels of the likes of Squid and Black Country, New Road.
At The Stoller Hall, meanwhile, hypnotic jazz trio Mammal Hands will finally air their fourth album, Captured Spirits, whose ebbs and flows will take you on a deeply cathartic journey.
And at The Blues Kitchen — Manchester’s new kid on the block — you can catch German producer Henrik Schwarz uniting the worlds of electronic and classical music with Dutch string ensemble, Alma Quartet.
Dig into all this and more below.
Here are our picks
An exhibition tracking Factory Records’ formative years from 1978-1982, when the label made waves with its innovative work in music, technology and design.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, 18–22 November 2021 - Book now
Huddersfield plays host to a reunion of artists and audiences in venues ranging from immense concert halls to intimate gallery spaces – a unique opportunity to catch the cutting edge of contemporary classical music being performed in West Yorkshire.
Stockholm-based post punk band Viagra Boys’s new album Welfare Jazz sees them further explore the grubby underbelly of society, championing the world’s underdogs while taking aim at subjects like toxic masculinity and misogyny.
Join Joe Feeley a Mancunian through and through, who guides you into Manchester’s two pillars of cultural excellence with his Rock and Goal tour.
‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.
Learn some DJ and production skills with DJ Gym Manchester, based in the culturally infused surrounds of Hatch.
Live theatre returns to The Edge this September and the opening season promises to be one to remember when its doors open for the first time in 18 months, and to a completely refurbished building.
An intimate series of evening events taking place in the atmospheric and beautiful surroundings of Manchester Jewish Museum. Step out and experience something new.
Taking place during Blackpool’s annual Illuminations display, Lightpool is a celebration of spectacular art works and live, illuminated performance across the iconic town.
Catch Braids’ long-awaited fourth album performed live in October 2021, when the Canadian art rockers will deliver a postponed show at YES.
London-born singer-songwriter and composer Ana Silvera will explore her Sephardi heritage through traditional ladino songs and original tunes.
Granfalloon (AKA Richard Lomax) and his collaborators Dom Major + Chloe Jones perform a special set of songs from the legendary director David Lynch’s body of work.