Gigs to check out in Manchester: March 2019

Larkins // Drake // Maribou State // Ady Suleiman // AJ Tracey // George Ezra // Anderson Paak // Swindle // The Wailers // Slowthai // KT Tunstall // Gabrielle // Clean Cut Kid // Zutons // Fun Lovin' Criminals // Gerry Cinnamon // The Stranglers

Seafret | 1st March | Gorilla
British Alternative / Indie duo Seafret head to Gorilla on Friday 1st March. Seafret have come full circle. The Northern duo – Jack Sedman and Harry Draper – took on the world, releasing debut album ‘Tell Me It’s Real’ in 2016. They have been in the studio the last couple of years, check out their new track ‘Loving You’. They are back on the road with their new material. It’s a sell already at their Gorilla gig, so keep an eye out for tickets if you want to see them.

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Larkins | 2nd March | Albert Hall
Larkin’s are a band we have been following for a few years now. We have watched the Glossop lads flourish, and play endless run of shows that took them in most of the our local venues from Sofa Sounds to Gorilla. While in 2018 the band came in to their own, 2019 is the year they play the much bigger Venues. It’s going to be a great gig, pick up your ticket here for their unmissable gig this weekend.

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Maribou State | 9th March | Albert Hall
UK electronic music duo Maribou State of Chris Davids and Liam will bring their fresh new live performance to Manchester’s Albert Hall in March, following the release of new album “Kingdoms in Colour” which features guest appearance from Khruangbin and Holly Walker. The gig sold out fairly quickly so you will have to keep your eyes peeled for face value resale.

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Drake | 10th & 11th March | Manchester Arena
Everyone seems to love Drake, but I’m not really sure why – I’ve never really bothered to try and get involved in his tunes or whatever it is he stands for. He’s managed to sell out the Arena on Sunday 10th, but there’s still some tickets flying around for his performance on Monday 11th. Enjoy yourselves!

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Skinny Living | 14th March | Deaf Institute
Indie Rock collective Skinny Living from Wakefield are back playing Deaf Institute. The four piece began their journey in 2013 and are clearly in it for the long haul, A pleasant blend of Vocalists, songwriters and musicians; namely Ryan Johnston, Will Booth, Danny Hepworth and Rhys Anderton with different musical backgrounds and influences. Catch Skinny Living at Deaf Institute on Thursday 14th this month, link to the tickets here.

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Ady Suleiman | 14th March | Academy
If you’ve not heard Ady Suleiman before give him a listen he has a smooth distinct voice and his tracks bounce between reggae acoustics, pop and slow jams. His debut Album ‘Memories’ will have you humming various tracks throughout the day, him and guitarist Ed Black are bringing their show to Manchester Academy on Ady’s biggest headline tour to date.

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AJ Tracey | 16th March | Albert Hall
The Grime MC and producer from West London recently release his self-titled debut album which was recorded between LA and London over the last year. The record builds on his ever-expanding repertoire of styles, and sounds, soaking up everything from afrobeat to dancehall.

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Anderson Paak | 16th March | Victoria Warehouse
Anderson Paak is stopping by Victoria Warehouse as part of his ‘Andy’s Beach Club’ world tour in support of his amazing album Oxnard.

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George Ezra | 16th & 23rd March | Arena
“WE’RE GOING ON TOUR!” says George.“And not just any tour, the biggest run of dates that I will have ever played, ending at the O2 in London (The Millennium Dome). Touring these new songs along with all of the first album has meant that the last year has been the most amazing twelve months imaginable, to all of you that have made a show so far, thank you. And to all of you that we will see next year, hold tight! Get practising those songs, polishing off your dancing shoes, let’s make it one to remember.” It’s going to be a great show, get your ticket here for one of the TWO shows at the Arena. Sigrid has been confirmed as the support act!

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The Wailers | 16th March | Academy
The Wailers play the Academy now with Josh Barrett at the Helm leading the Vocals. There is no replacement for Bob Marley but the Wailers are Reggae greats in their own right. They have just released a new Album. It will be good vibes throughout, sing along with some huge hits, go home smoke a massive fat one and pretend to be Jamaican.

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NAO | 20th March | Albert Hall
Musically NAO draws on 90s RnB, UK garage and 80s electro funk but manages to create a world that is utterly her own as her single “Bad Blood” highlights to stunning effect.

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David Gray | 22nd March | Bridgewater Hall
David Gray’s tour coincides with the release of his first album of new material in four years – Gold In A Brass Age. Gold In A Brass Age is defined by an intuitive approach from Gray, exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques. The album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout. It will be his eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No. 1 UK albums, including for the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder. It is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still revelling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way.

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Swindle & Riot Jazz | 22nd March | Mint Lounge
Swindle’s new album ‘No More Normal’ is an absolute masterpiece, and he’ll be performing it live at the Mint Lounge with the Riot Jazz brass band and a load of special guest vocalists.

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2 Many DJs | 22nd March | YES
2 Many DJ’s in the Pink Room!!! This is going to be a memorable night. The Belgium brothers take to the decks at one of Manchester’s most talked about venue’s for a massive party night on Friday 22nd this month. Grab your ticket here.

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KT Tunstall | 23rd March | Albert Hall
Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter KT Tunstall, hits the UK for a full tour in March. She recently released her 6th studio album, Wax, and will be touring for the first time with an all-female band. Grab your ticket here to see her perform at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

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Tourist | 23rd March | YES
If you’ve not listened to the new album ‘Everyday’ yet get it on now, sit down and listen to it from start to finish. It’s softer than he previous albums but the journey it takes you on is no less mesmeric. The tracks are unmistakingly tourist, Manchester’s newest venue being the perfect setting. There are some beaty tracks on there and he still has the banger of ‘U’ in his back catalogue so don’t get too comfortable. Sold out but befriend a tout and head to the pink room. It’s sold out however you can join the waiting list.

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Gabrielle | 24th March | Bridgewater Hall
She’s back! And she’s still as good as she ever was in the 90’s. Gabrielle had a string of absolute blinders including ‘Dreams’, ‘Give Me a Little More Time’ and the excellent ‘If You Ever’ alongside big tongued, perch hatted idiots East 17. She once again came back in the early 2000’s with ‘Rise’ and a whole host of other top tunes. This one should be a cracker!

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Slowthai | 28th March | O2 Ritz
Slowthai’s sound treads between grime, rap and garage, and his live shows are unmatched. His shows are gritty and punkish with a theatrical presence. He’s one of the most unique and in demand artists on the scene right now.

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Clean Cut Kid | 28th March | Gorilla
Liverpool Indie-Pop band Clean Cut Kid head to Gorilla on Thursday 28th March. Clean Cut Kid have revealed details of a new album, Having been testing out material from the new sophomore record on an intimate UK tour in November, Clean Cut Kid will be bringing the full Painwave experience to this UK tour. Ahead of the new record, the band released new single Emily. Written to a friend of the band, the song explores the pains and troubles of depression, a topic close to the band’s heart. Support on the night comes from Tom Speight. If you haven’t seen them already get yourself down to Gorilla on the 28th, tickets are only £13.20. If you can’t make this one they are also on the line up for this years Neighbourhood Weekender.

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Zutons | 29th March | Albert Hall
Legendary Liverpool band The Zutons have announced a series of dates in March/April 2019 to coincide with the 15th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Who Killed The Zutons’. The album, which spawned the hit singles ‘Pressure Point’, ‘Remember Me’, ‘Confusion’ and ‘You Will You Won’t’, was first released in 2004 to critical acclaim, a Mercury Prize nomination, and went on to sell over 600,000 copies (Double Platinum) in the UK alone. Obviously this gig is a massive sell out, however you can check Twickets for face value resale.

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Fun Lovin’ Criminals | 29th March | Manchester Academy
New York band Fun Lovin’ Criminals made a name or themselves in the 90’s with their massive hit ‘Scooby Snacks’ but they also manage to cover a wide-range of styles from jazz, punk, hip hop, rock and soul. Huey Morgan is certainly a character so you should expect a great show at the Academy at the end of the month.

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Gerry Cinnamon | 30th March | Victoria Warehouse
With no hype machine, no radio play and no record label backing, Gerry Cinnamon has achieved record breaking success and cemented his status as Scotland’s most successful independent artist. The rising Glasgow singer songwriter supported Courteeners on their winter tour last year, he is now out on the road with his biggest UK tour to date. Of course he has sold out the Warehouse, you can join the waiting list for any unwanted tickets.

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The Stranglers | 30th March | Apollo
Rock royalty The Stranglers return, the Guildford lads have decades worth of gigs behind them and are not slowing down. They are back touring with a massive European Tour finishing off the year supporting Alice Cooper. You know what you’re going to get, the gig will be full of like minded fans with minimal smartphone recordings who have been to see them hundreds of times, get there and make a saturday night of it.

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