Monday 13 June – Ladyhawke – Gorilla
Ladyhawke returns to the UK, performing material from her new album Wild Things at Manchester’s Gorilla as part of her six date tour. The tour comes just a couple of weeks after the release of her latest album, the ’80s-influenced syntho-pop treat follow up to 2012’s Anxiety. Tickets £14.
Wednesday 15 June – Trembling Bells – The Deaf Institute
The Glasgow based psych-folk quintet perform at Manchester’s Deaf Institute. The group recently released their latest album Wide Majestic Aire, making it an impressive six albums since their 2008 debut Carbeth. Tickets £10.
Wednesday 15 June – Iamx – Gorilla
Former Sneaker Pimps co-founding member Chris Corner, now performing under the name Iamx (pictured), matches a fiercely original sonic vision with deeply catchy, personally charged songwriting and a charismatic, emotionally raw performing persona, Corner has built a powerful body of recordings that have won Iamx a loyal and diverse international fan base. Tickets £14.
Friday 17 June – Voodoo Blood – The Deaf Institute
New Manchester blues/heavy-rock fourpiece Voodoo Blood perform at The Deaf Institute, fronted by Kim Jennett. The band are currently working on their debut EP for an October release and will no doubt be showcasing tracks from the release, titled Anabolic Blues. Support comes from Mask of Bees, Iodine Sky and To Kill A Circus. Tickets £8.
Friday 17 June – The Virginmarys – Manchester Academy 2
The Virginmarys perform in support of their latest album Divides, the follow up to the 2013 debut King of Conflict. It’s an album touching on politics, mental health and addiction amongst other themes, reflecting anger and frustration, and influenced by the likes Black Sabbath, Sex Pistols and Bob Dylan. Support comes from Moses and Critics. Tickets £13.75.
Saturday 18 June – Hackney Colliery Band – Band on the Wall
Always guaranteed to bring an incredible party atmosphere, (as anybody who saw their Manchester Jazz Festival 2014 performance can testify) Hackney Colliery Band return to Band on the Wall. The Hackney Colliery Band is east London’s unique take on the brass band. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Performing a diverse setlist of ska, contemporary jazz, funk and rock it includes much of their own material as well as some spectacular and innovative covers. Tickets £15.