Thomas Rhett
Sunday 13 November – O2 Ritz
Fresh from winning Single of the Year at the recent CMA Awards with Die A Happy Man, Thomas Rhett returns to the UK with the tour bringing him to Manchester’s O2 Ritz.  The dates mark his first headlining European tour, supporting his sophomore album Tangled Up with a deluxe version recently released.  Soulful, pop country, Thomas Rhett brings the party feeling whilst throwing up some stunning balads.

Black Mountain
Tuesday 15 November – Gorilla
It’s seven months since Canadian psych-band Black Mountain released their latest album IV, one which Jeremy Schmidt jokes they were “toying with the idea of calling the album Our Strongest Material To Date“. Ballads, boogie or psych, in addition to being blessed with a melodic facility that eludes most rock groups, Black Mountain blend influences as diverse as AC/DC and Amon Düül, Heart and Hawkwind, King Crimson and Kraftwerk. Support comes from Mass Datura

Joan as Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis
Wednesday 16 November – Gorilla
Joan As Police Woman returns to Gorilla after her excellent show at the venue in 2014. This time she performs in her collaborative project with multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Lazar Davis with whom she has just released the album Let It Be You (out 21 October), based loosely on Central African Republic Pygmy musical patterns.

Thursday 17 November – Deaf Institute
US indie-electronica duo Phantogram, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter released their latest album Three just a few weeks back. The album was recorded over the past year at co-producer Ricky Reed’s Echo Park-based studio. Finding inspiration in unlikely places for a band increasingly heard on commercial alternative and pop radio, Carter found fresh perspective in AfroBeat and ‘60’s R&B when creating the steady beats that form the foundation of the album, an incredibly personal one which tells of heartbreack and loss. Since the release of their 2014 US breakthrough album Voices, Phantogram have contributed features to everyone from A-Trak to Miley Cyrus and been sampled by Kanye West, The Game and A$AP Rocky.

False Advertising and Horsebeach
Friday 18 November – Soup Kitchen
Outstanding Manchester bands False Advertising and Horsebeach perform a joint headline gig at Soup Kitchen with support from Narcs and Thing. Grunge, garage, reverb, outstanding guitar riffery and brooding melodies, this is set to be a blistering night of live music.

The Slow Readers Club
Saturday 5 November – Albert Hall
Manchester four piece The Slow Readers Club supported James on their May UK tour. Having previously sold out the likes of Gorilla, the dark indie-electro group headline at Manchester’s Ritz. They have drawn comparisons with Depeche Mode, The Killers and New Order with their most recent album Cavalcade. New material is set to come soon. Support comes from fellow outstanding Manchester outfits Puppet Rebellion and Larkins.

Phantogram image courtesy