Music in Manchester and the North

Johnny James, Music Editor

Some of the world’s most exciting producers are heading to Manchester and the north in the coming months. Below, we cover the shows that are particularly unmissable.

Read about one of the most influential forces in contemporary electronic music, Oval, whose singular, glitchy world will soon be waiting at the bottom of Soup Kitchen’s sticky stairs. Also performing in that basement venue is Joy Orbison, whose turn towards a more dystopian, off-kilter brand of garage-house is getting us hot under the collar.

Even more exciting is Call Super’s upcoming show at The White Hotel. Feverishly creative and meticulous in every aspect of his work, the young producer and DJ has carved out a unique position in the electronic music landscape, and will no doubt bring the heat to Salford’s favourite sweatbox.

On a similar note, we look forward to the next novus, a monthly night of genre-defying electronic music and live visuals presented by first light at Barbecue. This instalment is headlined by Piksel, who is quickly becoming a name to know in the world of experimental electronica.

And a name that you already know, legendary hip hop producer Madlib will be giving a rare performance at Belgrave Music Hall. Widely regarded as one of the greatest in the game, he’s been lighting fires in the hip hop world for over 20 years now, and is unmissable in Leeds.

With so much musical goodness to look forward to, keep scrolling for more of the most exciting shows in Manchester and the north.

Here are our picks

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Music 16 May–17 October 2019, FREE

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Music 18 May–1 October 2019, FREE

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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

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Monday night Jam at Matt and Phreds

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Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

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Music 13 June–6 July 2019, from £12

RNCM Summer Season 2019

Music 30 January–5 July 2019, from £3

The Stoller Hall Spring Season

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

Music 20 May–18 August 2019, FREE

Monday night Jam at Matt and Phreds