InMe – Sound Control – Monday 4 May:
Essex rock quartet InMe step away from their recent studio work, putting together a mammoth three-record concept album project, to tour in support of the first part The Trilogy: Dawn. With next year marking the band’s 20th anniversary, the group which has consistently weather the eve-changing storm of the music industry is set to celebrate by putting together their most ambitious project to date, covering the spectrum of birth, life and death. The band has also recently revealed the first track from the new record, Ivory Elder, a song which front man Dave McPherson suggests explores the ideas of cycles of alcohol abuse and the visiting of the sins of the father by the son. Tickets £12.
Twin Atlantic – Albert Hall – Tuesday 5 May:
With their massive album Great Divide debuting at number 6 in the UK Charts and their single Heart and Soul winning Best Indie Single at the AIM Awards, Twin Atlantic set out on their biggest shows to date, after a phenomenal year, starting in Manchester at the Albert Hall. Support comes from two more outstanding bands – Lonely The Brave and Eliza And The Bear, who have both whipped up a storm in Manchester over the last year at The Deaf Institute and The Ruby Lounge, in what promises to be a stand out show. Tickets £12.50.
Nordic Giants – The Deaf Institute – Tuesday 5 May:
With a live experience which owes as much to the visual as the audio, Nordic Giants set off on a seven-date UK tour, filled with intrigue and excitement. The tour comes off the back of the release of their debut album A Seance of Dark Delusions, a largely instrumental piece, which reflects musical experimentation drawing upon influences such as Pink Floyd, Mogwai, SigurRos and Bjork, with a heavy orchestral feel, punctuated with guitars, drums and electronics. Support comes from Athousandfurs. Tickets £8.50.
Super Furry Animals – Albert Hall – Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May:
Returning with a deluxe 15th anniversary reissue of their album Mwng and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s first gigs, Super Furry Animals perform two nights at Manchester’s Albert Hall, amongst their first run of Uk dates since 2009. Support comes from The Magic Numbers. Tickets £30.00.
The Hearts – Gullivers – Thursday 7 May:
Having just released their new single Run Free with a video made for just £50, The Hearts (Welsh trio Alex Nash, Hamish Kay and Jamie Roberts) have recently been added to the Radio 1 Introducing playlist following on from huge support from Huw Stephens and XFM and have also been announced to perform at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Having formed just one year ago, they have already made a considerable splash and are now heading out on their first headline tour.
Magma – RNCM – Thursday 7 May:
Hugely influential French rock group Magma perform in Manchester for the first time since the ’70s bringing their explosive and experimental fusion of rock, jazz and classical music to the RNCM. Having released their self-titled debut album in 1970, the group, founded by classically trained drummer Christian Vander, went on to release the renowned 1973 album Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh, a work which earned a spot in the French edition of Rolling Stone’s Best French Rock albums list and provided inspiration to countless others. Tickets from £19.50.
S Club 7 – Manchester Arena – Friday 8 May:
Pop power act S Club 7 returns to the live stage with a reunited original line-up for their first tour in more than 10 years. They may have been off the scene for a while but Rachel, Hannah, Bradley, Jon, Paul, Tina and Jo’s pop classics are still as catchy as ever. Expect a full blown S Club Party atmosphere as they bring on back the hits from their 10 million selling career – you won’t stop movin’ (Sorry!). The gig also comes just days after the release of their 17-track collection of greatest hits. Tickets £35.00 – £45.00.
Arcane Roots – The Deaf Institute – Saturday 9 May:
Alt rock trio Arcane Roots bring their month long UK tour to Manchester’s The Deaf Institute. Having spent the best part of two years on the road touring with their album Blood & Chemistry, the band recently took a break to pen and record new material which will hopefully be performed. Support comes from Black Peaks and Gallery Circus. Tickets £9.00.
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