As Britain’s traditional Indian summer is fast approaching and outdoor festival season is all but over, Getintothis’ Mark Rowley lines up the pick of the gigs for this September in Manchester.
Our neighbours along the M62 have shown amazing spirit and resilience following the shocking incident that followed the Ariana Grande concert in May of this year.
As the nation grieved for the families whose loved ones were lost or injured, there have been plenty of initiatives to show solidarity in the face of adversity; most notably the One Love Manchester benefit concert, where a star-studded line-up, including Ariana Grande, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher performed at Lancashire County Cricket Ground, paying tribute to attack victims.
The re-opening of the Manchester Arena is set for September 9, with Noel Gallagher, The Courteeners, Blossoms and a host of others playing the We Are Manchester concert which will raise funds towards a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives following the attack.
A recent compilation of songs from Liverpool-based artists entitled Love From Liverpool has been released by NuNorthernSoul Records, to show backing for Manchester from its sister city, with proceeds going to The Red Cross. If by chance you don’t yet own a download of this compilation, you are urged to do so. On it is a wealth of talent from across Merseyside, and not only is it for a good cause; it constitutes an excellent value-for-money purchase also!
Despite still trying to come to terms with that terrorist attack, as always, Manchester is a city with lots going on to tempt you out during the barmy, sun-drenched days and evenings of September.
The Districts, Gorilla, September 6
On a short UK tour of clubs and festivals, to promote their third album (entitled Popular Manipulations), alt-rockers The Districts, return to Manchester to play Gorilla. Hailing from Letitz, Pennsylvania the four-piece band, signed to Fat Possum Records sold out their last appearance at The Deaf Institute in May 2015 and received rave reviews. The band, fronted by Rob Grote, produces a heady mix of garage-rock, folk, and psychedelic sounds and put on a quality live show not to be missed.
Siobhan Wilson, Castle Hotel, September 11
Scottish singer-songwriter, Siobhan Wilson heads to the Castle Hotel in Oldham Street to showcase songs from her new album entitled, There Are No Saints (produced by Chris McCrory of Catholic Action). The bilingual, multi-instrumentalist produces an enchanting folk/pop sound that combines a voice of refinement with alluring guitar playing. Citing influences such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf and having spent 5 years living in Paris, expect a beguiling set of ballads, sung confidently in English or French, from the 2017 Green Man Rising winner.
Free Vibes Event featuring Cavana, Granfalloon, Gardenback, Itsnatevendahk, Band On The Wall, September 16
The historic Northern Quarter venue, Band On The Wall, plays host to a series of free events over the summer/autumn period. With an aim to showcase new acts/bands, Free Vibes offers a rich array of emerging talent to acquaint yourself with and feast upon. Host band, Cavana are a young four-piece serving up hard-hitting indie rock with a subtle edge. Granfalloon is a Manchester-based composer producing a folk-psych tinged sound, inspired by Jane Weaver and Kurt Vile. Oldham psych-garage alt-rockers, Gardenback play a sumptuous set of wondrous tunes that are absolutely guaranteed to not disappoint. Sam Frost aka Itsnatevendahk, having recently supported The Orielles, opens the evening with his inimitable brand of undulating, kaleidoscopic pop.
Doors open at 7pm. You’ll need to sign up with bandonthewall.org to obtain free entry to this event.
Jake Isaac, Night & Day Cafe, September 17
As part of his current tour, songsmith Jake Isaac stops off at the Night & Day Café to promote his 2017 album, Our Lives. Following a number of previous EP releases over the past 5 years, Jake now has a comprehensive back catalogue of songs from which to draw upon. With soulful vocals and a synth-pop tinged sound, his music is a mix of soul ballads and upbeat R ‘n’ B tunes.
The Big Moon, Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, September 27
The Big Moon head to Hebden Bridge, on the back of numerous festival and club gigs in Britain, Europe and the USA. Their first album Love In The 4th Dimension was recently shortlisted for the 2017 Mercury Prize. Fronted by Juliette Jackson, the all-female, four-piece grunge rockers from London can be relied on to play a captivating show that will take the Trades Club by storm. Expect to get sweaty, whatever the weather outside.