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What’s On - Manchester Gig Guide 2019

9 September 2019 | Daniel Lovatt

Whilst the sun may have prematurely packed its bags after using a three-day heatwave to flirt with us, it’s still gigs galore in the city this autumn. Sure, we may have to swap the factor 50 and questionably vibrant swim shorts for an anorak and throw-away umbrella, but when have adverse weather conditions ever gotten in the way of great music.  And it is for this commitment of our efforts that gig lovers are well rewarded over the next few months, as an eclectic mix of superstars across all genres, cities and countries make their way to the grey Lancastrian sky. There are, of course, many great performances not to be missed over the coming months, but here are ten that it would be frankly criminal to not attend, in no particular order.

Idles at Mancheser Academy  
4 December 

After a riotous year following the release of their second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance, IDLES have stormed out of the blocks and have spent practically the entirety of their post-release time rocking the UK, most of Europe and America too. Most notably, their show at Glastonbury had fans weeping with tears of joy whilst smashing (in a mosh friendly way) chaotically against each other. With a reputation for electric live shows partnered with an album so unequivocally brilliant and lyrically masterful, IDLES have been nominated for this year’s infamous Mercury Prize. Come 4 December, they’ll be bringing their pristine punk to the Manchester Academy. Tickets are selling like Mary Berry’s Viccy Sponge, don’t miss out.

Fontaines D.C. at O2 Ritz
19 November 

Another punk band from humble beginnings have that exploded onto the world map. Dublin rockers Fontaines D.C.have, with just their first album Dogrel, have also been nominated for a Mercury prize, played sell out shows across the UK and Europe and even landed a live spot on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. On 19 November, they’ll be rocking the O2 Ritz to it’s very foundations with tales of frustrated youth and dreams of making it big. Dreams they’ve already started to fulfil. 
 

Cher at Manchester Arena 
24 October 
Yes, you heard it right! The legendary Cher is embarking on her ‘Here we go again’ UK Tour. An unmissable opportunity for fans who will have the rare chance to see her perform from her huge repertoire, alongside new songs from her album Dancing Queen, a tribute to ABBA. Following her success in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!, Chers ays she cannot wait to bring this show to the UK and on 24 October, Manchester Arena will welcome the star to her “second home.”

Alice Cooper and The Stranglers at Manchester Arena 
4 October  

Rock and Roll’s greatest ringmaster Alice Cooper is back in the UK this October, returning to the country that first embraced him, in the 50th year since the first Alice Cooper album release. This time, he’s bringing a new but equally breath-taking show. A night with Alice is full of the shocks, twisted tales and guillotines but with a not-so-secret ingredient – incredible songs performed by a brilliant band. Expect to hear beloved classics Poison and No More Mr Nice Guy amongst countless others come 4 October. And in another emphatic twist, legendary rockers The Stranglers will have the honour of warming up the Manchester Arena stage. Not bad support to say the least.

Pixies at O2 Apollo
18 September 

Yet another stallion of rock with a peppering of psych, the long-awaited return of Pixies arrives on 18 September.  Helping to establish the alt-rock sound of the late '80s and '90s, the Pixies immediately became a notorious act, influencing everyone from Nirvana, to Radiohead, to Weezer with their jagged-edged alt-rock. Manchester Apollo will see the die-hard old unite with the bright-eyed new in a multi-generational celebration of classics like Here Comes Your Man and Where Is My Mind.

Aphex Twin at Mayfield Depot 
20 September 

Manchester is famous for Warehouse Projecta series of late-night raves that boast some of the biggest talent across techno, EDM, Drum & Bass and garage. In this series of events, one of the most enticing line-ups is headed by Aphex Twin and Nina Kravitz. Aphex Twin, a godfather of idiosyncratic work in acid house and ambient dance music. Nina Kraitz, a two-stepping guru of heavy techno. On 20 September, the Mayfield Depot plays host to these incredible musicians as well as an undercard that will force your body into a shimmying submission. Swap a quiet gig for a pounding night set, we promise it won’t disappoint. 
 

Two Door Cinema Club at O2 Victoria Warehouse 
7 - 8 October 

Indie juggernauts Two Door Cinema Club have had a busy summer playing UK dates and are currently touring South East Asia, where they are probably enjoying the weather that we all deserve. After a long hiatus, they’re back with their fourth album False Alarm. From 7 - 8 October the band will have a two-day residency at Victoria Warehouse where their new bangers will intertwine with their immortal indie classics to bring an enigmatic air that will warm hearts of shivering fans. 

Neighbourhood Festival at Various Venues 
12 October 

It’s sort of cheating to include a day festival into proceedings, but with a line-up this fantastic, we’re sure that we’ll be excused. Neighbourhood Festival returns to the city centre on 12 October with over one hundred acts playing across 15 venues. For just shy of £40, festival goers will see the likes of Miles Kane, The Blinders, The Big Moon, PINS, The Twang and Fat White Family amongst many other electrifying acts. 
 

 
Andrea Bocelli
27 October 

Whilst it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, if you’re fond of some classic opera, then pioneer Andrea Bocelli will be just the ticket.  Celine Dion once said, “If God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli.” She’s not wrong. Manchester Arena welcomes the demi-god on 27 October, for a performance that promises to make you weep.

Local Natives at Gorilla 
11 October 

Last, but certainly not least, we have indie rockers Local Natives. What separates the band from an oversaturated industry is the most visceral, eloquent harmonies that elevate the soul. On 11 October, the outfit return to Gorilla to captivate their audience with renditions from their critically acclaimed second album Hummingbird, as well as songs from their fourth and most recent release Violet Street. A promise that you’ll be distracted from the bitter winds. 

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