Manchester Gigs of the Month: April 2020: new Manchester bands and rescheduled gig news


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Not your normal monthly outlook for obvious reasons, but Getintothis’ Steven Doherty still has lots of thing to look forward to.

Well, it’s clearly not going to be a normal Manchester gigs monthly column.

And having much more knowledge about The Who rather than being an expert from The W.H.O, then the last thing you want me to rattle on about is Covid 19.

But there’s not a lot else going on conversation-wise these days it seems.

So, as someone with more reason to be angry musically at the virus, having spent the best part of January and February curating the summer festival guides on this very site, none of which appear to be able to go ahead, then I’ve decided to look on the brighter side.

So, take a long hard look at the above photo. Remember those times.

Instead of being furious about what is happening now, and the fun we are missing out on, just focus on how good it will feel when we emerge blinking from this wreckage.

The next festival, the next gig, the next pint.

Just how good is that going to feel?

Short-term, if you can, buy some band merch and shell out for some gig tickets, keep the wheel that we are missing so much at the moment turning.

And looking at the amount of gigs that are being rescheduled, we are not going to be in the house much over the late summer/early autumn months.

Speaking of which, this month we are going to do this rather differently.

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So first up, here are all the rescheduled dates (so far) from the gigs that we already featured in last month’s column:


July 8: Talkboy, Gullivers

Sam Fender


August 3/4: Sam Fender, Victoria Warehouse
August 22: Blossoms, Arena



September 3: Pinegrove, Academy
September 3: Michael Kiwanuka, Apollo
September 6: GZA, Ritz
September 12: Squid, White Hotel (2 shows at 5.00 and 8.00)
September 24: Lightning Seeds, Ritz
September 30: Ratboy, Band On The Wall

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November 12: Hands Off Gretel, Deaf Institute
November 29: You Are Not Alone Festival, Various Northern Quarter venues

The Jesus and Mary Chain


February 11: The Jesus And Mary Chain, Albert Hall
February 13: Fish, Academy
March 29: The Who, Arena
March 31: Goldfrapp, Albert Hall

Legendary Manchester venue Band On The Wall have announced details of their Live-Ish series of gigs from their extensive catalogue, which are to be streamed, in full, on their website every week while the venue itself is closed.

They are to be broadcast on a Friday evening at 7pm, as live (so not available on-demand later), the next one being Horace Andy on Friday April 3.

The 200 year-old venue is digging deep into its archive to pick out rare and never-seen-before gigs from years gone by.

The Live-ish streams are free to watch, but they are very keen to stress that any donations (they can be made on their website) are very welcome and enormously helpful in these difficult times.

And now here’s some other gigs we would have been covering in the column over the next month or two, that have already been cancelled and rescheduled to new dates:

June 6: An Orchestral Rendition of Dr Dre, Ritz

The Lovely Eggs


July 17 : The Lovely Eggs, Ritz
July 19: The Lathums, Gorilla

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August 14: Boston Manor, Academy 2
August 22: Creeper, Academy 2



September 1: Dermot Kennedy, Victoria Warehouse
September 8: The Regrettes, Gorilla
September 10: Caribou, Victoria Warehouse
September 14: Lanterns On The Lake, Deaf Institute (moved from Gorilla)
September 16: Saint Motel, Academy 2
September 17: Ash, Ritz
September 18: Hinds, Academy 3
September 23/24/25: Elbow, Apollo
September 25: Gerry Cinnamon, Arena
September 30: Therapy, Ritz



October 3: Baxter Dury, Academy 2
October 10: The Academic, Gorilla
October 19: Boomtown Rats, Ritz
October 27: LIFE, Deaf Institute
October 31: The Lottery Winners, Ritz



November 2: Strange Bones, Gorilla
November 12: Barenaked Ladies, Ritz
November 30: Vistas, Academy 2


December 4: Bicep Live, Victoria Warehouse
December 7: Meute, Ritz


January 10: Bon Iver, Arena
January 21: Dua Lipa, Arena
April 10: Craig David, Arena

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We will, of course, update any new additions to this in next month’s column, but for now, here’s five new Manchester bands, because you’ll have plenty of time to get into them and we can all go and see them together once this thing blows over.


None more Mancunian in name, there being the in-built nod to the Gallaghers, but thankfully these are no photocopy.

The four-piece have only just released their debut single Tempted, but have a musical maturity which belies their ages and time together.


Afflecks Palace:

And speaking of Mancunian names, this lot have named themselves after the famous Manchester landmark emporium.

If you like your tunes influenced by the early 1990’s sound of the city, then these are going to be right up your street.


The Modern Business:

They’ve just released stomper Velvet Thunder and are set to play the aforementioned You Are Not Alone Festival in November.

Their another four-piece, who say they were formed by chance in a basement in Stalybridge, of all things and places.


The Wrong Signals:

Another band who have just released their debut, this time it’s a self-titled EP.

They were meant to be playing a launch gig for it soon at the Night and Day, which has sadly now been postponed.


No Vacancies:

Another heavier outfit, they have started up that career ladder, having recently supported the splendid King Nun at their Manchester show.

Another one who have had a big show cancelled, having been due to play The Bread Shed in association with promoters This Feeling.