Ahh, as sure as night turns to day, summer to winter, and bread to toast, the Gig Guide rolls around on a Sunday at some point. It’s the one true moment of the week when you can really open those diaries and pencil in all the great gigs you probably can’t afford to go to anyway. It’s always there for you. It’s solid.
Last week we managed to blag our way in to seeing glamorous Brit-pop types Suede shaking their bits to the hits at Manchester Academy. It was one of those brilliant, hit-filled sets that remind you that ‘big’ gigs with their professional production values and meticulously pre-planned set lists can indeed be brilliant if the songs behind them have whopping great choruses and are delivered by svelte front men with foppish hair (step forward Brett Anderson). But what did you see? Sound off in the comments below!
But sometimes, it is just better to see those tiny, cramped gigs. The kind of gigs where the band members can barely fit on the stage, and someone is bound to go flopping over an amplifier at some point among the chaos. So, without further ado, we present to you the best small (with a few exceptions) gigs to take in this week!
Tuesday 5th November
The Sunshine Underground @ Gorilla, Manchester
Remember when “nu-rave” was around and everyone was going mad for Klaxons and CSS? Well, the band for the more distinguished nu-raver was always The Sunshine Underground, and they make their live return to Manchester’s Gorilla on Tuesday. They have been a bit quiet as of late, so we can assume they have been working hard on a bunch of new tracks that will no doubt get an airing tonight. Wear something bright (not too bright, mind!) and bring your most ironic glow-stick waggling dance moves, and expect to hear forgotten indie club room classics like ‘Borders’ and ‘Dead Scene’ from 2006 album Raise The Alarm.
There’s an official after party just round the corner at Sound Control, too!
Wednesday 6th November
Street Spirit @ Bar 1:22, Huddersfield
Fresh off the back of a successful Halloween edition that saw a typically raucous performance from Allusondrugs and a thorough stage trashing by Forever Cult, Street Spirit returns in its weekly slot, this time with slightly less fancy dress. This week’s line-up includes Street Spirit regulars ilovecolour and No Trays Or Foxes, as well as a name we haven’t seen before in the shape of Secret Romance. Saucy.
They have also made free pool and Mario Kart 64 sessions a regular occurrence at the night, so the list of reasons to go just keeps on growing!
Big Deal @ Night and Day Café, Manchester
Seven pounds on Wednesday gets you in to see Alice Costello and her alt. rockers Big Deal (pictured) at Manchester’s rather lovely Night And Day Café. They’ve ditched the acoustic tunesmithery of debut album Lights Out in favour of electric guitars, and all the shoegazey off-kilter niceness that comes with them. They’ll also be supported by fuzzy pop-rock types Sisters, so it’s well worth carting yourself off to this one.
Expect to hear latest single ‘Swapping Spit’, and other album favourites from latest album June Gloom, which was released in early summer this year.
Thursday 7th November
Future of the Left + The Wytches @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester
On Thursday, it’s time for Welsh rock titans Future Of The Left to savage your eardrums at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. Expect live outings for many of the tracks from their recently released (and PledgeMusic funded) album How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident, and your hearing to be shredded by the end of the night. Support comes from the similarly amazing surf-grunge trio of The Wytches. Bring ear plugs, you just may need them.
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Friday 8th November
Placebo @ Academy, Leeds
Pan European alternative rockers Placebo play a special one off charity at Leeds Academy on Friday. It’s a little bit pricey at £26.50 a ticket, but it does all go towards their chosen charities Kagyu Samye Ling (a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training based on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland), and the Mercy Centre in Bangkok, which works to help the children and communities of the many slums of the city.
Expect choice cuts from recently released album Loud Like Love, as well as old favourites such as ‘Nancy Boy’ and ‘Every You Every Me’.
Chase & Status @ Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
Dance floor juggernauts Chase & Status are sure to bring the party when they take their genre hopping live show to Manchester’s Phones 4u Arena. They’ll be airing new tracks from recently released (just last month!) third album Brand New Machine, as well as bringing the house down with bass heavy favourites like ‘Flashing Lights’ and ‘Blind Faith’. Wub wub.
So there you have it. That should keep you busy for a while. Well, at least until next week’s Gig Guide. As usual let us know in the comments if there’s anything you think we’ve missed, and we’ll add it to the listings post-haste. The ‘Guide will be undergoing a few changes next week, so keep your eyes peeled to T’Hud for some exciting announcements! Adieu!