Sunday 8 January – The Castle
Ben Williams’ monthly Nailed It! night returns to the Castle with three excellent acts as The Retrosettes, Mica Miller and Hannah Ashcroft all join the line-up. The evening has everything from indie, alt-folk through to soul, jazz and trip-hop and pop and ska.
Wednesday 11 January – The Deaf Institute
Former Paramore drummer Zac Farro’s project Halfnoise comes to Manchester’s Deaf Institute after the September release of latest album Sudden Feeling (written and recorded in just two months). Halfnoise has cranked up the ‘indie’ feel a touch for an upbeat and excellent album.
The Bottom Line
Wednesday 11 January – Sound Control
After a successful 2016, pop-punkers The Bottom Line are set to release their new EP I Still Hate You on 12 January whilst plans are afoot for a full length album in the summer. 2016 saw the band performing across the globe to sell out audiences and garnering ever increasing support.
The Blue Aeroplanes
Thursday 12 January – The Ruby Lounge
Rock, folk, poetry, punk, dance and art collide as The Blue Aeroplanes tour reaches Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge. The band has just released new album Welcome, Stranger! and has been cited as an influences on the likes of REM and Radiohead.
Friday 13 January – Matt and Phreds
One for jazz fans – a good time is practically guaranteed as 52 Skidoo take Matt and Phreds back in to the era of the speakeasy and prohibition. The band perform Harlem Swing, a music born out of the stride piano style made famour by the likes of Fats Waller.