Lindsay Ell – The Ruby Lounge – Monday 2nd March:

Rising US country artist Lindsay Ell comes to Manchester on her first UK tour.  Discovered at the age of 15 by legendary Randy Bachman, the now 24 year old Calgary born guitarist and singer enjoyed a massive 2014 opening for The Band Perry on their We Are Pioneers World Tour and was touted as an artist to watch by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard as well as being nominated as a Rising Star at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.  Support comes from UK country artist Sasha McVeigh, who is set to return to Manchester to headline in April.  Tickets £10.00 plus booking fee.


Tinashe – Gorilla – Wednesday 4th March:

LA based r’n’b singer Tinashe, who released her debut solo album Aquarius in October 2014, has collaborated with the likes of Frank Ocean, Ryan Hemsworth, A$ap Rocky and Schoolboy Q, creating an album of sulty soul and seductive r’n’b.  With a strong retro feeling, synths and percussion, the influences of Janet Jackson, Aaliyah and Sade can be felt, making her music all the more captivating and satisfying.  Tickets £11 plus booking fee.


Ben Williams – The Castle – Wednesday 4th March:

Outstanding talent Ben Williams launches his debut album Who Do You Think You Are? at The Castle.  The artist, who honed his trade busking on the streets of Manchester has worked as a session guitarist, appearing on television and playing concerts worldside and supporting artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Will Young and Mick Hucknall as well as co-writing tracks on Mobo-nominated artist Kristyna Myles’ albums.  Now moving to the front of the stage, he is definitely an artist to catch, with classic songwriting which appears to take inspiration from Paul Simon and Jack Johnson, quirky, funny, retrospective but overwhelmingly impressive.  Tickets £3.50 plus booking fee.


The Charlatans – Albert Hall – Thursday 5th March and Friday 6th March:

Making their live return to Manchester, one of the most influential bands in UK history, trail-blazing new sounds in the early ’90s, The Charlatans, perform two nights at the Albert Hall Manchester.  They have recently released their twelfh album, Modern Nature.  Following a difficult year for the band, which saw the death of drummer Jon Brookes from a brain tumour, they have commemorated their time with the album, featuring three temporary drummers, Peter Salisbury of The Verve, Stephen Morris of New Order and Gabriel Gurnsey of Factory Floor.  Firm Manchester favourites, they are sure to raise the roof.  Tickets £32.50 plus booking fee.


The Script – Manchester Arena – Friday 6th March and Saturday 7th March:

Irish three piece The Script return to Manchester to perform tracks from No Sound Without Silence alongside songs from their first three albums.  The pop-rock trio, who have sold over 20 million records and toured with U2, Take That and Paul McCartney, will be joined on both evenings by Tinie Tempah.  Tickets £27.50 – £35.00 plus booking fee.


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