Live music in Manchester this week: 11-17 Jan

The live music calendar awakes from its festive hibernation, chugging slowly – but by no means quietly – back to life this week with the likes of Psyblings at The Castle Hotel, Halfnoise at The Deaf Institute and more.

Article by Jess Hardiman | 11 Jan 2017
  • King Creosote

We dive into the listings to bring you this essential guide to gigs in Manchester this week plus the latest news on festivals, tour announcements and more. Think we've missed something? Hit up with the details. 

Wed 11 Jan

Halfnoise is the Nashville-based alt pop-rock project of former Paramore drummer Zac Farro, who graduated onto his third album, Sudden Feeling, in September last year. Catch his latest serving of retro synths and sundrenched pop hooks this week at Deaf. The Deaf Institute, 7.30pm, £7.50

Thu 12 Jan

Promising juicy new material, local psych/noise-rock five-piece Psyblings are heading out on their UK January tour, which after kicking off in Leeds features a hometown date. Support comes from Smokin’ Durrys and Valensole. The Castle Hotel, 7pm, £5

Sat 14 Jan

Minneapolis psych-country threesome Night Moves are heading to the UK for the first time, and Now Wave – finger on the pulse as ever – have managed to commandeer them as they swing by the North. Soup Kitchen, 7.30pm, £8 

Mon 16 Jan

[King Creosote, photo: Sarah Roberts]

Fife singer-songwriter, Mercury Prize nominee and Scottish Album of the Year winner, King Creosote – otherwise known as Kenny Anderson – also heads our way this week, new album in tow. Royal Northern College of Music, 7pm, £18.50

Now booking: 

For goodness' sake, why haven't you got your ticket for Stay Fresh Fest 2 on 28 Jan yet? Strobes and Manchester party-smart punks Patty Hearst join The Orielles (recently signed with Heavenly Records), Luxury Death, Henge, Heavy on the Magic, Seize the Chair and MUMS on an action-packed bill. GET YR EARLY BIRDS HERE for a mere £8. C'mon, shake a leg.

Comfortable on a Tightrope welcome Aussie singer-songwriter Carla Dal Forno for her Manchester debut, following the release of her first album, You Know What it's Like, via Blackest Ever Black. She'll be hitting up Soup Kitchen with her disorientating dark pop on 6 Feb; tickets available here.