Now that Spring has sprung and Eastertide approaches, Getintothis’ Mark Rowley picks out the best Manchester gigs for this April.
As per usual, there’s a fair bit to go at this month in Manchester and now that the days are warmer and brighter, there is no excuse to avoid getting out to at least a couple of these crackers.
The Lucid Dream, Manchester Band On The Wall, April 6
Recently championed by Huey Morgan on BBC Radio 6, Carlisle 4-piece, The Lucid Dream brings their distinct brand of shoegaze-psych fuzz to Band On The Wall in early April.
With an album on the way and a vinyl copy single SX-1000 flying out faster than a RAF Tornado screaming over the Cumbrian hills, The Lucid Dream are a band you definitely need to get on to!
Falsetival, ft. False Advertising, Peaness, Calva Louise and more, Manchester Soup Kitchen, April 7
This promises to be an event not to be missed, with Manchester garage-punks, False Advertising headlining a bill of upcoming acts you really need to filter in to your consciousness.
Chester-based, DIY pea-pop sensationalists, Peaness will be on hand to ring in the sound of summer; while London surf-grunge trio, Calva Louise (recommended in last month’s Manchester preview) is back in the North’s industrial capital, to spread more positivity.
Forever Cult, DARMA, Dead Naked Hippies and JOHN complete the lineup.
Nabihah Iqbal, Manchester Soup Kitchen, April 14
British Asian artist, Nabihah Iqbal will showcase her versatile talents to a Saturday-night Soup Kitchen audience. Perhaps better known by her previous moniker, Throwing Shade, she fuses her eclectic mix of influences to produce a very unique and personalised, electro, alt-pop sound.
With her debut album, Weighing Of The Heart out last year, an MPhil in South African History and a black belt in karate, Nabihah Iqbal is no slouch, and demands your attention accordingly.
Iamddb., Manchester Hidden, April 18
Soulful, trap jazz singer, Iamddb. brings one of her concept shows across four UK cities (on consecutive nights) to her hometown.
The tour, titled Flightmode Live, is sponsored by Red Bull and fans are being asked to dress to the theme of each show. Theme for the show at Hidden is ‘Back To The Future’ and the dress code is ‘Back To The 90s’.
Iamddb.’s latest release Hoodrich Vol. 3 cements her status as a rising star and this tour is likely to catapult her further into prominence.
Manchester Punk Festival, Manchester (Various Venues), April 19-21
Taking place across 7 venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, including Gorilla and The Bread Shed, Manchester Punk Festival promises to have anarchy, rebellion and rabble-rousing at the forefront of its raison d’être.
There’s plenty of Riot Grrrl influence too, with fiery Manchester grunge-punks, Witch Fever; London-based punk witches, Dream Nails; Canadian power-chord duo, Mobina Galore; parody punk empower poppers, The Baby Seals, all there to add plenty of mayhem and spice to the festival.
Gengahr, Manchester Gorilla, April 24
With their second album, Where Wilderness Grows released earlier this year, dreamy London psych-pop quartet, Gengahr stop off at Gorilla as part of a comprehensive European tour. They’ll hopefully be playing Burning Sunrise and She’s A Witch during their set.
Be sure to see them. You’ll be pleased you did.
Also going on in Manchester and not to be missed over April are the following:
- FEHM, SPILT, Kyogen, AATMA , April 5
- Queen Zee, Castle Hotel, April 9
- Arlissa, Deaf Institute, April 11
- Hey Bulldog, Deja Vega, Savannah and Freakout Honey, Night People, April 13
- When In Manchester Festival #4 (ft. Scarlet, Gardenback, Jo Mary, LIINES and more), Gullivers, The Castle, Jimmy’s, The Peer Hat, April 14
- The Orielles, Gorilla, April 14
- The Strawberries, Night People, April 18
- Shonen Knife,Proto Idiot and Uncle Jane, Soup Kitchen, April 21
- Sequin Sally, Daydream Hotel and Bliss, Jimmy’s, April 26
- The Zangwills, Club Academy, April 27
- Sabotage Festival (ft. Catholic Action, Starlight Magic Hour, Mold), Night & Day Cafe, April 28