Hi everybody! It’s gig guide time again…
This week saw us tackling the EP launches of two local bands with Being A Tiger’s delightfully named Not Being A Tiger Is Sh*t launch over at Bar 1:22 and Forever Cult’s equally tasteful Fuxx EP launch at the Parish.
This week’s gig guide isn’t quiiite as packed out as previous weeks have been, but that’s probably a good thing as the student loan reserves start dwindling and the weekly food shop takes priority. But fear ye not, music heads, for if it be gigs you crave, then gigs you shalt haveth! Or something…
Our musical diary reads a little something like this:
Monday 14th October
MGMT @ O2 Apollo, Manchester
Remember when MGMT were all over the radio with synth happy hits like ‘Kids’ and ‘Time To Pretend’ that put a spring in your step? Then they released their second album, got tarred with the “bit weird” brush and were never heard of again. Well, thankfully they didn’t disappear completely, and while they might not be in danger of gracing the Radio 1 playlist anytime soon, their recently released self-titled third album could be their best yet. If you can get your head round the uncompromising grooves of tracks like ‘Your Life Is A Lie’, then Manchester’s O2 Apollo is the place you’ll wanna be this Monday night (plus they probably will still play ‘Kids’ at the end)!
Tuesday 15th October
Sebadoh @ Academy 3, Manchester
The 90s are all the rage right now, and what better way to celebrate then by carting yourself off to Manchester’s Academy 3 on Tuesday for a performance from the founding fathers of lo-fi, Sebadoh (pictured). Lou Barlow and co. are sure to play the many great tracks that make up their genre defining back catalogue, such as ‘It’s So Hard To Fall In Love’ and ‘Soul And Fire’, as well as choice cuts from new album (their first in 14 years!) Defend Yourself. Bring with you an overwhelming sense of self-deprecation and anxiety just to be safe.
Wednesday 16th October
Street Spirit @ Bar 1:22, Huddersfield
Street Spirit remains triumphantly astride Wednesday nights like an all conquering bastion of music. So far this year we’ve seen everything from imposing psychedelic moose heads to a man with his shirt buttoned up too far going mad on a guitar. Chances are, tonight will be just as unpredictable, with performances from Under The Archway, Klammer, and Mutha Lovin Chimps (seriously). We’re promised that it will be “gloriously filthy”. It’s £2 and the drinks are cheap. We’ll only let you off if it’s the kind of excuse that would warrant you an extension on your essay. And even then we won’t do it easily.
Thursday 17th October
Public Image Ltd. + The Selecter @ O2 Academy, Leeds
How’s about this for some musical legends then, eh? Thursday night sees Johnny Rotten bring his love of English Country Butter and mobile phone networks to Leeds’ Academy. Expect some haunting post-punk classics from the team that make up PiL. They’re supported by another group of legends in the form of ska spear-headers The Selecter, who’s 2-tone skank is sure to get you dancing in your brogues.
PINS @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
If you can’t fork out for the price of a ticket to the Academy, then you could do much worse than making the short walk up to Leeds’ newest venue, the Belgrave Music Hall. The place was pretty much unfinished last time we were there, but that was two weeks ago so you’d assume by now they’ve got it looking spick and span. Expect shouty post-punk types with plenty of angst from the PINS girls. For fans of Savages.
Saturday 19th October
Oxjam Huddersfield Takeover @ Various Venues, Huddersfield
The much charitable Oxjam festival rears its generous head in our fine town on Saturday, taking over the place and bringing with it over 50 bands in a range of venues all day. This is the closest thing Huddersfield has to SXSW or Brighton’s Great Escape festival right now, so it’s well worth checking out. The festival seems to be going from strength to strength, and this year’s line-up is enviable; if they’re from Huddersfield or the surrounding area, they’re probably playing Oxjam. Choice highlights include Leeds rockers Allusondrugs at the Parish, and The Orchid Family leading the charge over at Bar 1:22, where an after party is scheduled to take place immediately following their set. The wrist band is only £5 and gets you access to EVERY venue ALL DAY. Plus it’s all for a damn good cause. There really isn’t any excuse on this one!
Octernal All-Dayer @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
If you’re up for a festival, but not up for giving your money to charity (you heartless thing, you), then hop on the train to Leeds and wander on up to the Brudenell Social Club for Octernal, a brand new all-dayer event designed to “rock your socks off”. Some of our favourite bands are playing, including Veronica Falls, Islet, and Fever Dream, and if it’s as well organised as the MONO all-dayer that occurred at the same venue a few weeks ago (a band in one room, followed by a band in the other room), you’ll be able to catch everything while picking up a pint as you fly past the bar.
These New Puritans @ Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Some of the bands announced to play the recently opened Belgrave Music Hall really have warranted a double take at the listing (as we type this very gig guide, British Sea Power are doing their bit for the Countryside Alliance), but none more so than These New Puritans. Is their new album pop? Is it classical? Whatever it is, it’s bloody ace, and catching it live within the relative intimacy of a 200 capacity venue is an opportunity not to be missed!
Sunday 20th October
A Carefully Planned Festival #3 @ Various Venues, Manchester
If you’ve given all but the train fare to Manchester away to charity, but you’re still up for filling your Sunday with urban festival vibes and a day’s worth of live music, then head over to A Carefully Planned Festival #3. With a name like that, they’re looking to become the Westworld (where nothing can possibly go worng) of music festivals, but we’re sure it’ll go off without a hitch. Probably. Headlining over at the Soup Kitchen are the wonderful Johnny Foreigner, but the whole day is chock full of exciting new bands from Manchester and beyond!
Phew! So there you have it. A bucket load of gigs to keep you busy for the week. If there’s any you feel we’ve missed off let us know by sounding off (respectfully) in the comments below!