TUESDAY 27th JUNE
When your career spans over twenty years, it’s safe to say you’re doing something right. Texan rockers Spoon return to the road to celebrate the release of critically-acclaimed ninth album Hot Thoughts. Once influenced by Pavement and Pixies back in the day, the indie quartet show a newfound appreciation for the likes of Phoenix and Radiohead on their latest material.
WEDNESDAY 28th JUNE
O2 RITZ: 19:00–23:00
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a band as cool as Real Estate – New Jersey’s dreamy, jangly quintet whose hazy riffs and revamped lineup has led to the creation of some of the chillest tunes around. March’s In Mind is the first album to feature lead guitarist Julian Lynch, who replaced Matt Mondanile of now-Ducktails fame; if tracks like ‘Stained Glass’ are anything to go by, Lynch’s playing is going to send the O2 Ritz into a slacker-fulled frenzy.
THURSDAY 29th JUNE
CHEST PAINS w/ DRAHLA, MUSH & TREEBOY & ARC
BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB (LEEDS): 19:30–23:00
One of the hottest new bands on the scene, Chest Pains are that heavy-as-fuck Northern quartet that you’ve all been hearing about. Wrap your ears around latest single ‘Shame’ and get over to Brudenell this Thursday – where ace supports Drahla, Mush and Treeboy & Arc complete Thursday’s mouthwatering lineup. Leeds get all the good ones, don’t they?
FRIDAY 30th JUNE
THE WHITE HOTEL: 22:00–2:00
Like fellow psych-shoegaze lords The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Los Angeles’ The Warlocks have carved out a mass cult following for themselves thanks to their droning sound and trippy aesthetic. They hit The White Hotel this Friday as part of their Songs from the Pale Eclipse Tour – a celebration of their latest album that’s every bit as mesmerising as you’d expect.
SATURDAY 1st JULY
OLD GRANADA STUDIOS: 19:30–23:00
No description is necessary for certified legends New Order, who kick off the annual Manchester International Festival with a ferocious bang. In a series of five separate intimate shows, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris & co will perform within the industrial expanse of Old Granada Studios – accompanied with a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra – to rework and rehash material both old and new. ‘Unmissable’ isn’t the world.
SUNDAY 2nd JULY
ALBERT SQUARE: 19:30–22:00
You’ll be in no better company than Hookworms for the third day of Manchester International Festival – whose back catalogue of space-rock hits are sure to send you into neo-psychedelic spiral. Criminally underrated and hypnotising live, the Leeds quintet promise to give you anything but a quiet Sunday evening.