Tuesday 28 June – Cristobal and the Sea – The Castle

The London based foursome Cristobal And The Sea (Alejandro ‘Ale’ Romero [bass, vocals, Spain], João Seixas [guitar, vocals, Portgual], Leïla Seguin [flute, vocals, Corsica/France] and Joshua Oldershaw [drums, UK] bring together influences from across the continent (and wider) with rhythm and melody inspired by genres as varied as bossa-nova, Afro-pop and Western folk and rock.  The band released their debut album Sugar Now in October 2015. Tickets £7.

Tuesday 28 June – Chetham’s Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles – Band on the Wall

The Chetham’s jazz department returns to Band on the Wall for what promises to be another fantastic evening as both of the school’s big bands take centre stage. Chetham’s Big Band has won the Junior Section of the BBC Radio 2 Big Band of the Year Competition three times, showing the calibre of musicians who will be performing. Tickets £11.

Wednesday 29 June – Beck – Albert Hall

The hugely renowned and influential Beck performs in the stunning Albert Hall. He scooped the 2015 Album of the Year Award at the Grammys as well as Best Rock Album. He’s set to perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury later today and can boast a setlist the envy of most musicians in the world today, going far beyond his massive hits Devils Haircut and Loser. Tickets £42.50.

Wednesday 29 June – Ed Harcourt – The Deaf Institute

Mercury Prize nominee Ed Harcourt performs ahead of the release of his new album Furnaces. Recently signed to Polydor, Furnaces marks his seventh album and will be released over the summer. It’s 15 years since his Mercury nominated debut Here Be Monsters and in that time he has played live with the likes of the Libertines, as part of Marianne Faithful’s band, served as Musical Director for Beck’s Songbook shows at the Barbican and written for James Bay and Paloma Faith (not to mention producing for Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kathryn Williams), as his ability to turn his hand to pretty much everything musical came to the fore. Support comes from John J Presley. Tickets £16.50.

Thursday 30 June – Victor Wooten – Gorilla

Five time Grammy winner Victor Wooten makes his Manchester live debut with a full band show at Gorilla. Known for his acclaimed solo back catalogue as well as his work as a member of jazz and funk fusion supergroup Bele Fleck and the Flecktones, the bass virtuoso has won a myriad of awards, including being named multiple time bassist of the year. Tickets £18.50.

Saturday 2 July – Night and Day – Lake Komo

One of Manchester’s finest bands, Lake Komo, have been steadily building a growing fanbase in the North West. 2015 saw them supporting the likes of Jack Garratt, Boxed In, Hidden Charms, and Eaves, as well as festival appearances at Liverpool Sound City, Y Not and more further afield. They are currently adding the finishing touches to their debut album and will be offering hints of what is to come at the show. They have also recently revealed their new track Milwaukee, exploring a break-up frontman Jay Nudd experienced and the trial and tribulations which followed. Support comes from Larkins, Mariscans and Bayonet in a thrilling line-up. Tickets £7.