2:54 – The Deaf Institute – Monday 2nd February.

Back with their second album, The Other I, cool as anything sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow are playing at the Deaf Institute.  A wonderful combination of grunge, psych, dusty vocals, roaring choruses and climactic riffs all making for a dark and brooding, yet glorious sound, which translates incredibly on to the live stage.

Elbow – O2 Apollo – Thursday 5th February – Sunday 8th February.

Guy Garvey, Richard Jupp, Craig Potter, Mark Potter and Pete Turner play four nights at the O2 Apollo following multiple sold out arena shows over the last few years.  The gigs will see the band revisit tracks from their back catalogue comprising six studio albums and a B sides collection which begam with their 1998 EP Noisebox.  Each night sees them joined by a different artist – Joe Lofthouse (Thursday), Laura Groves (Friday), Black Rivers (Saturday) and Jolie Holland (Sunday).

The Phantom Band – The Deaf Institute – Friday 9th February

‘Proto-Robofolk’ exponents The Phantom Band return to The Deaf Institute bringing with them their varied styles and influences which include indie, folk, electronic, prog rock and krautrock.  The band which has had more names than Prince released their third album Strange Friend in mid-2014 and have followed this up quickly with their latest offering Fears Trending, garnering yet more critical acclaim for the Glasgow sextet.

Rae Morris – Gorilla – Friday 9th February

Having released her debut album Unguarded at the end of January, Rae Morris is set to perform at Manchester’s Gorilla bringing the lofty choruses and sophisticated melodies which accompany the refreshing honesty coming out of the 12 track debut.  Songs about relationships, toxic love affairs and discovering one’s own identity will have the audience hooked.

Gorgon City – The Ritz – Friday 9th February

Having been joined by a long list of collaborators and vocalists on their album Sirens (Yasmin, Katy B and Jennifer Hudson to name but a few), Matt & Kye get set to perform at The Ritz.

Muk Klub – Night and Day – Friday 9th February

Featuring Berlin Berlin, Face and Cold Committee, Manchester label MUK Records launches its live event night MUK KLUB at Night and Day, showcasing up and coming talent alongside artists from the labels current roster.  The night is set to run the 1st Friday of every other month, featuring the best in new Manchester music and music from around the UK.  Launching the debut night are Berlin Berlin, playing tracks from their highlight anticipated upcoming debut album.