MONDAY 29th MAY
MOLD, PINK KINK & GROTBAGS
TROF NQ: 19:00–23:00
No bank holiday would be complete without a party – and how much sweeter does it feel when it’s free? Mold, Pink Kink and Grotbags are hitting Northern Quarter’s Trof in both celebration of the venue’s 10th birthday, and for a taster of the third round of Stay Fresh Fest over at Deaf Institute later in the year.
TUESDAY 30th MAY
O2 RITZ: 19:00–23:00
When Liam Gallagher dropped the bombshell announcement of a mini solo tour last week, the word “shocked” would definitely be an understatement. Unsurprisingly, tickets flew out in mere seconds – but with all proceeds going to the families of the Manchester Terror Attack Appeal, alongside the promise of Oasis tunes on the setlist, it’s worth trying to nab yourself one.
WEDNESDAY 31st MAY
MARIKA HACKMAN w/ OUR GIRL & FRANCOBOLLO
DEAF INSTITUTE: 19:00–22:00
Hampshire’s Marika Hackman, Brighton’s Our Girl and Sweden’s Francobollo may sound like a lineup too good to be true – but it’s no dream. In support of the release of second album I’m Not Your Man next month, Hackman has done herself proud and recruited two of the freshest names in indie to accompany her on this upcoming tour. Get your tickets ASAP.
THURSDAY 1st JUNE
SOUND CONTROL: 19:00–23:00
You’re probably familiar with Bristol’s Coasts if you’re a fan of Fickle Friends or Sundara Karma. Likewise, you may have heard their shimmering debut back in 2015 and danced around to it all summer long. However you fell in love with the five-piece, rejoice – because they’re returning to Manchester this week with a night at Sound Control!
FRIDAY 2nd JUNE
SOUP KITCHEN: 19:00–22:30
Molly Nilsson, for the unacquainted, is a Swedish-born, Berlin-based synthpopper who’s spent her eight studio album-long career carving out a dystopian DIY niche for herself. Get lost in space at Soup Kitchen on Friday if you’re quick enough to bag yourself a ticket – at just under £10, they’re not going to be around for much longer.
SATURDAY 3rd JUNE
Pop-punk trio The Tuts have been a staple favourite in West London’s DIY scene since they rocked up way back in 2012 with their self-titled debut EP. Longtime advocates of sexism and feminism, this upcoming “Anti-Tory Tour” is a chance for fans to vocalize their disdain for UK politics – as well as celebrate the group’s latest and greatest offering, Update Your Brain.
SUNDAY 4th JUNE
NOW WAVE ‘SUNDAY SESSION’
O2 RITZ: 16:00–23:00
You can always count on accomplished promoters Now Wave to pull it out of the bag – and they’ve certainly not disappointed with this multi-floor, star-studded line-up. With Chicago giants Whitney joined by Bill Ryder-Jones, Childhood, TOPS, The Goon Sax, Froth, Olivier Heim and Sean Nicholas Savage, you don’t want to spend your Sunday anywhere else than the O2 Ritz.