The pick of this week’s gigs – 14 February – 20 February

image of James - Girl at the End of the World album cover

Tuesday 16 February – RNCM Goes to Broadway –  Night and Day

RNCM singers from the BMus Classical and Popular Music courses join force with the Royal Northern Musical Theatre Society to perform a range of musical theatre songs with all proceeds going to Cancer Research.  Tickets £4

Tuesday 16 February – Kula Shaker – The Ritz

Back with a run of dates across the UK, Kula Shaker perform tracks from their latest album K2.0, which as the name may unsubtly suggest sees the band turning back the years and invoking all the psychedelia of their hit album K.  Tickets £22.50.

Wednesday 17 February – Brett Eldredge – The Ritz

It would almost be a suprise if a week passed by without a country artist performing in Manchester, such is the upsurge in the genre.  This week it’s Brett Eldrege.  The Paris, Illinois born award-winning singer comes to the UK in support of his second album, Illinois(!), which hit the top spot of the country charts a the number 3 spot on the US charts.  Support comes from Pauperkings.  Tickets £13.50.

Wednesday 17 February – James – Manchester Academy

Prequeling their full arena tour in May, Manchester band James perform at Manchester Academy. The gig comes a month before the release of Girl At The End Of The World, due out on 18 March. Known for their unique and diverse style over their 13 studio albums, they’re both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, having sold over 12 million albums worldwide. Tickets £35.

Thursday 18 February – Marina and the Diamonds – Manchester Academy

Having described this tour as something special and her favourite to-date, Marina and the Diamonds hit Manchester Academy.  Given her reputation, when shes describes it as ‘something special’ you know it’s going to be good!  Support comes from Shura.  Tickets £24.20

Friday 19 February – Mystery Jets – Gorilla

Mystery Jets are back with their first album in over three years, Curve Of The earth.  it’s their fifth album and one of the band’s most personal and musically distinctive.  Tickets £14.50

Saturday 20 February – City and Colour – Albert Hall

World renowned singer, songwriter nad performed City and Colour returns to the UK for his first dates since 2014.  The tour is in support of his new album If I Should Go Before You, which was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.  A favourite amongst musicians themselves, his talent is sure to draw the odd touch of envy.  Making this gig even better, support comes from the excellent Lucy Rose. Tickets from £27.25.

20 February – Inheaven – Soup Kitchen

With their debut single, south-east London’s feedback-strafed, guitar-shredding INHEAVEN are delivering a statement of intent – an anthem of amp-pulverising noise that updates the post-punk template for a new generation.  The single’s video, directed by the band, accompanies this dizzying onslaught with a mind-frying, mysterious and uneasy dream world. Tickets £6.

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