Manchester Gigs of the Month: May 2020 plus Manchester Unknown Pleasures


The Lathums

Manchester, so much to look forward to, and Getintothis’ Steven Doherty has all the new dates and three exceptional new bands for your consideration.

So, here we are again, one month further on.

Is it getting easier or harder to cope with?

Is everyone fed up with bands doing their own live streams, just ramming home the point of what exactly it is we are all missing?

I can honestly say, even though they have included some of my favourite bands, I have not watched one minute of any of them, for the same reason I find it really hard to watch any sort of live music on the TV.

It’s just not the same.

It may seem obvious to say, but without the ‘actually being there’ element to it, it does nothing for me.

But each to their own, and for music fans there’s currently no better chance of catching your favourite band doing something in lockdown mode.

Attentions are turning towards the re-instatement of the real thing, but at present it’s hard (near impossible in fact) to see how this would work.

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Would you pay a fiver to watch a stream of say, The 1975, play together behind closed doors, like the authorities are planning with the football?

In Denmark, they are trialling drive-in gigs, where the music comes through live on your car stereo? (Good grief).

Or, like in Sweden, see bands in 400 capacity venues, with only 50 people in them, watching the band whilst standing in an allotted square? (Yes, please).

We could be a while off yet, but fingers crossed we’ll somehow see you at Gorilla in July for that first pint back.

All the rescheduled dates so far are as follows:

The Lovely Eggs


July 8: Talkboy, Gullivers
July 17: The Lovely Eggs, Gorilla
July 19: The Lathums, Gorilla
July 30: Bambara, YES



August 3/4: Sam Fender, Victoria Warehouse
August 14: Boston Manor, Academy 2
August 22: Creeper, Academy 2
August 22: Blossoms, Arena

Michael Kiwanuka


September 1: Dermot Kennedy, Victoria Warehouse
September 3: Pinegrove, Academy
September 3: Michael Kiwanuka, Apollo
September 6: GZA, Ritz
September 8: The Regrettes, Gorilla
September 8: Pottery, Deaf Institute
September 9: Black Futures, YES
September 9: Siv Jakobsen, Eagle Inn
September 10: Caribou, Victoria Warehouse
September 12: Warm Digits, YES
September 12: Squid, White Hotel (2 shows at 5.00 and 8.00)
September 14: Lanterns On The Lake, Deaf Institute

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September 16: Saint Motel, Academy 2
September 16: Wendy James, Deaf Institute
September 17: Ash, Ritz
September 18: Hinds, Academy 3
September 18: Feet, Band On The Wall
September 20: The Snuts, Academy
September 22: Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, YES
September 23/24/25: Elbow, Apollo
September 24: Lightning Seeds, Ritz
September 25: Gerry Cinnamon, Arena
September 30: Therapy, Ritz
September 30: Ratboy, Band On The Wall

Baxter Dury

October 2: De La Soul,
October 2: Ist Ist, Academy
October 3: Egyptian Blue, YES
October 3: Baxter Dury, Academy 2
October 5: Dorian Electra, YES
October 9: Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, Apollo
October 10: The Academic, Gorilla
October 14: Tim Burgess, YES
October 19: Boomtown Rats, Ritz
October 20: The Pigeon Detectives, Ritz
October 20: Odd Morris, Gullivers
October 23: The Districts, YES
October 27: LIFE, Deaf Institute
October 30: Pins, YES
October 31: The Lottery Winners, Ritz



November 2: Strange Bones, Gorilla
November 12: Barenaked Ladies, Ritz
November 12: Hands Off Gretel, Deaf Institute
November 19: Sorry, YES
November 23: Jarv Is, Albert Hall
November 29: You Are Not Alone Festival, Various Northern Quarter venues
November 30: Vistas, Academy 2

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December 4: Bicep Live, Victoria Warehouse
December 7: Meute, Ritz
December 8: Blancmange, Gorilla
December 9: Best Coast, Academy

January 10: Bon Iver, Arena
January 21: Dua Lipa, Arena
January 30: Peter Hook & The Light, Apollo

February 11: The Jesus And Mary Chain, Albert Hall
February 11: Larkin Poe, Ritz
February 12: Wilko Johnson, RNCM
February 13: Fish, Academy

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Pet Shop Boys

March 2: Gregory Porter, Arena
March 27: The Undertones, Academy
March 29: The Who, Arena
March 31: Goldfrapp, Albert Hall

April 10: Craig David, Arena
April 15: The Mission, Ritz
April 21: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Arena
April 23: Jeff Beck, Apollo

May 23: Pet Shop Boys, Arena
May 28: George Clinton, Albert Hall

June 12: The Killers, Emirates Old Trafford

Phew, there’s a lot going on there.

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Finally this month, we are focusing in on three very special new bands that will be definitely appearing in this guide by the end of the year, we look forward to the venues that they play get bigger and bigger.

Document (Photo: Bands On Film)


Mancunian moodiness personified, this five-piece have recently unleashed the five-song E.P A Camera Wanders All Night.

Right from the off on first track The Spy Who Came In From The Cold the sense of doom and bleak desolation seeps through the EP like a dark message on a bar of brutal rock.

A harshness that belies their youth, this is one of those debuts that you know is going to translate massively live, and, all things getting better, you will be able to see them either (or indeed both) headline Soup Kitchen and support Egyptian Blue at YES later in the year.





Already seen supporting the likes of Sheafs, The Mysterines and The Blinders, Tinfoils were due to have just started their first major tour.

However, the current hiatus gives us longer to enjoy their current single Spitting, and their couple of previous releases, all available on Spotify.

The new one is a hook-laden shout-along of the highest order and they should be checked out immediately, if jaunty, choppy post-pop is your thing.

Unknown Pleasures #209 Nia Wyn, Biig Piig, Blanketman


Ballamona (Photo: Martin Clark)


And to Draw The Line (see what we did there?) underneath this month’s proceedings, it’s Ballamona, a four-piece with an appetite for catchy hooks.

The current DTL single is bursting with them, at time sounding like three tunes playing at the same time in a delightful, almost 80’s cacophony.

This follows on from also-v-catchy debut single What You Do Best, and bodes very well for the future, a future that also includes a Soup Kitchen headline slot later in 2020, fingers and toes crossed.






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