Tuesday 6 September – Deaf Institute
Nashville-based British songwriter Lucie Silvas performs at Manchester’s Deaf Institute just days after the release of her new brilliant new album Letters to Ghosts, an excellent collection of 11 country inspired tracks, showcasing the influence which country has had on her and her sound over the last few years. Born in the UK and raised, for part of her life, in New Zealand by her Kiwi father and Scottish mother, Lucie achieved early success with her debut album Breathe In, which produced two top ten singles and together with her second album went on to sell well over a million records in Europe alone. Since moving to Nashville she has written and performed with the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert.
Wednesday 7 September – Gorilla
Six years after the release of 2010’s acclaimed Shadows, Teenage Fanclub are back with their tenth album, Here. Recorded with the band’s soundman David Henderson alongside regular drummer Francis Macdonald and keyboard player Dave McGowan in three distinctly different environments (initially at Vega in rural Provence, then at Raymond’s home in Glasgow before mixing at Clouds Hill in the industrial heart of Hamburg), it’s a record that embraces maturity and experience and hugs them close.
Wednesday 7 September – The Ritz
Coventry band The Enemy are on their farewell tour, performing their last live shows after announcing that they are set to split. Having cited a lack of media interest as well as health issues as the reason behind their split they are determined to go out on a high.
Gary Quinn / Luke and Mel
Wednesday 7 September – Gullivers
A mainstay on the Manchester live music scene both Gary Quinn and Luke and Mel have established strong reputations for their live performances and are on the road performing a joint headline tour. Awards have also been flowing for the artists – Gary Quinn, who released his latest single Shame in July, is currently nominated for three British Country Music Awards (UK Male Vocalist of the Year, Group of the Year for his band and Video of the Year for Dodge Your Bullet), whilst Luke and Mel are three time BCMA award winners. The hometown show sees support from fellow Manchester act Robbie Cavanagh.
Thursday 8 September – Band on the Wall
Legendary 1970’s power-pop band Badfinger return to play live in the UK featuring Bob Jackson, who joined the original line-up in the 70s. Signed to The Beatles’ infamous Apple label, Badfinger launched their career with the Paul McCartney penned classic Come And Get It before reeling out a string of successive worldwide hits including No Matter What, Day after Day and Baby Blue, as written by the late Pete Ham and all of which broke the Top 10 in the UK, USA and Canada.
Friday 9 September – The Ritz
Promotors Strange Days and Now Wave join forces to bring a mini festival to Manchester’s Ritz. Accross two stages the likes of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizzard who headline following the release of their eighth album Nonagon Infinity, The Wytches, London quartet The Big Moon, Shame, Spanish trio The Parrots, Charlotte Cannon and Methyl Ethel will perform through until 1am alongside DJs Heavenly Jukebox, Jeff O’Toole and the Strange Waves DJs.