BTTD 8-14 JULY

By Natalie Rees | Last updated 8 July 2024

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We’re not sure how this week can compete with a new Prime Minister and an England win at the Euros, but we’re going to really try.

Over at Manchester’s Finest HQ, we’re gearing up for a bumper week of live music in town, with the superb Loyle Carner at Castlefield Bowl, ultimate legend Stevie Nicks at Co-op Live and disco icons The Real Thing at The Blues Kitchen. Let’s go!

David Sedaris at the Bridgewater Hall

Tue 9th Jul, 2024
Bridgewater Hall

Humourists are an increasingly rare breed, and perhaps that’s David Sedaris’s fault. Because who else can truly measure up? It’s probably best not to bother. Essayist, satirist, memoirist, playwright, raconteur-par-excellence, his written collections have sold in their millions, aching bellies and creating a worldwide legion of fanatical admirers. At turns hilarious, occasionally filthy and often poignant, Sedaris is a most singular, once-in-a-generation – perhaps a couple, possibly three generations – talent, finding humour in the strangest of places. His campaign against littering in the countryside has been particularly delightful, and indeed quite a British curveball, embracing wholly and fully his ex-pat status (to the extent that bin men in his West Sussex locale have given him the nickname ‘Pig Pen’). He will take the stage at the Bridgewater Hall to read a collection of new and previously unpublished stories and, as is now customary, there will be a chance to meet him and have a chat afterwards too.


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Stevie Nicks at Co-op Live

Tue 9th Jul, 2024

Legendary singer, songwriter and storyteller Stevie Nicks has announced a huge show in Manchester this summer. The global star, who is best known for her iconic contributions to rock band Fleetwood Mac, will play at Co-op Live on Tuesday 9 July. A musical powerhouse, she will play just a handful of UK shows this year, including a headline slot at British Summer Time Hyde Park on 12 July. Stevie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 and went on to help them become one of the biggest-selling music acts of all time, partly due to the success of seminal record Rumours, which remains one of the best selling albums of all time.


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Loyle Carner

Wed 10th Jul, 2024
Castlefield Bowl

Hip Hop star Loyle Carner performs a limited number of special shows this summer, including a date in Manchester. The 29 year-old Londoner is set to perform his biggest hits, as well as tracks from his most-recent, third studio album hugo.


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Kings of Leon at Co-op Live

Wed 10th Jul, 2024
Co-op Live

Following the announcement of their brand-new album Can We Please Have Fun, global rock icons Kings of Leon return with a huge UK and Ireland tour, culminating with a date at Manchester’s Co-op Live on Wednesday.


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Euros 24 Semi-Final: England V Netherlands – Road To Victory

Wed 10th Jul, 2024
AO Arena

The AO Arena is teaming up with Road to Victory, Manchester’s immersive football fan zone experience, for the remaining England games at Euro 2024. The semi-final against Netherlands will be shown inside the venue, complete with high-end production, and marking the UK’s biggest screening of the tournament.


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John Ross Infinite Forces Exhibition & Pop-Up Shop at Electrik

Thu 11th Jul, 2024
Elektrik

One of our very favourite spots in Chorlton is hosting a new exhibition by exceptional local artist John Ross this week. All on display in the bar, there will be a series of canvases illustrating the breadth and depth of John’s bold and dramatic graphic artwork. There will also be a pop-up shop on the night with a selection of John’s prints and original art for sale, as well as live DJ sets from Joey T and Thomas Swallow.


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Greater Manchester Fringe Festival: That’s Not My Name at Salford Arts Theatre

Thu 11th – Fri 12th Jul, 2024
Salford Arts Theatre

Covered In Jam present That’s Not My Name, a musical comedy exploring the insanity of psychiatry, labels and the mental health system. Taking to the stage at Salford Arts Theatre, it has been produced by Sammy Trotman. With no formal arts training or representation, Sammy began writing That’s Not My Name whilst in a psychiatric ward. They are now using the show to challenge the very idea of sanity and derail the construct of a Personality Disorder.


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The Real Thing at The Blues Kitchen

Thu 11th Jul, 2024
The Blues Kitchen

UK soul, funk and disco legends The Real Thing celebrate five decades of glorious music at The Blues Kitchen. Led by legendary duo Chris Amoo and Dave Smith, the band are responsible for huge hits including You To Me Are Everything, Can You Feel The Force and Can’t Get By Without You.


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Dutch Uncles at St Mary’s In The Market Place

Fri 12th Jul, 2024
St Mary’s In The Marketplace

Manchester’s leading electro-art-rock quartet Dutch Uncles celebrate their long-awaited sixth album True Entertainment with a headline gig at the hugely atmospheric St Mary’s In The Market Place church in Stockport. Their last album, Big Balloon, landed in 2017, indulging a more prog rock sound than previous sets, so where they head from here should be fascinating.


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Paul Smith at AO Arena

Fri 12th – Sat 13th Jul, 2024
AO Arena

Comedian Paul Smith brings his brand-new show Pablo to Manchester in July. Featuring a mix of his trademark audience interaction and true stories from his everyday life, expect hysterics from start to finish. Paul Smith plays at the AO Arena on Friday 12 July and Saturday 13 July.


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MUBI Fest at Aviva Studios

Fri 12th – Sat 13th Jul, 2024
Aviva Studios

Streaming platform MUBI launch their brand-new festival in Manchester this summer, promising a weekend of contemporary culture with great cinema at the heart of it. Taking place at cultural centre Aviva Studios, home of Factory International, the film festival will be a great opportunity to discover art, food and games through interesting talks, workshops, DJs and of course, the best films. Highlights from the programme in Manchester include screenings of MUBI titles, like the premiere of Crossing by Levan Akin, which follows the story of a retired teacher’s search through Turkey for her long-lost transgender niece. Fans can also get a preview of Manchester-born filmmaker Naqqash Khalid’s debut feature In Camera, ahead of its UK and Ireland release in September.


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Little Sri Lankan Supper Club at Seesaw

Fri 12th Jul, 2024
Seesaw

Bringing a taste of home cooked Sri Lankan cuisine to some of Manchester’s best indie institutions, the Little Sri Lankan’s next stop is at Seesaw. The pop-up will feature a four-course supper club that journeys through incredible dishes all made by Malanie and Michael, founders of the roundly adored pop-up The Little Sir Lankan.


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Manchester Rum Festival at New Century

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
New Century

Manchester’s first and only dedicated rum festival returns for its seventh instalment this week at New Century. Taking place on World Rum Day, the festival will feature a huge selection of global rum brands, amazing cocktails and tasty Caribbean food, all to a soundtrack of DJs providing the soca and reggae vibes.


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Mvson World at Progress

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
Progress

Manchester-based DJ and producer trio MASON Collective present the third edition of immersive festival MVSON WORLD. Taking place on Saturday 13 July, the line up features a wealth of homegrown talent as well as renowned artists across two stages. There’s also a wellness space, interactive art installations, independent food vendors and a creative market. Planet MVSON, the main stage, is set to be headlined by Mason Collective themselves, along with sets from local legends Sosa and AJ Christou and international star power from Jesse Calosso B2B Jean Pierre and Natalia Roth.


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Travis Scott at Co-op Live

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
Co-op Live

Following last year’s sold out tour of North America, rapper Travis Scott brings his UTOPIA – Circus Maximus Tour to the UK this summer. The GRAMMY nominated artist will headline some of his largest shows to date, including a performance at Manchester’s Co-op Live on Saturday.


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New Animals Creative Collective at The Niamos

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
The Niamos Radical Arts & Centre

New creative collective New Animals take in art, music and general creativity from all over Manchester. Following their successful debut event, the collective are back with a bigger and better second edition promising live rap performances, spoken word, art, food and FREE BEER (imagine). They’ve got 100 free pints to giveaway – just secure a free beer ticket and cash it in at any time before 5pm.


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Sixth State of Sound at Six Trees

Sat 13th – Sun 14th Jul, 2024
Six Trees Bar And Kitchen

Six Trees in Trafford Park hosts a brand-new multi-genre day festival celebrating underground music, sound system and rave culture, which will be showcasing local artists and art. The line-up features the likes of FRACTURE, MIKEY D.O.N, VXRGO and SÂLO.


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Root to Flower Summer Supper Club at à bloc

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
cafe à bloc

Join Root To Flower for an evening of carefully curated small plates, wines and cocktails. Taking place at cafe à bloc in Altrincham, the vegan supper club will consist of eight courses, all homemade, seasonal and served in a sharing style. The front-of-house team will talk guests through the menu, which will showcase the best produce of the season.


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Another Good Thing at Pollard Yard

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
Another Good Thing

Head down to Pollard Yard in Ancoats for a very special event with Eat Well MCR this week. Another Good Thing will celebrate all the good work that Eat Well MCR do in the community, with pop-ups from street food traders, open studios, drinks and music from live DJ sets, all to raise money for the charity’s vital work.


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Hits on the Pitch at Stockport Rugby Club

Sat 13th Jul, 2024
Stockport Rugby Club

‘Blast from the past’ music festival Hits On The Pitch returns to Stockport this month, welcoming music lovers for a celebration of throwback classics. Chart-topping bands from the 80s, 90s and 00s make up the stellar line-up, including Labour election win soundtrackers D:Ream, Damage, Toyah and The Fizz. Other acts on the bill include Liberty X, Sweet Female Attitude and Baby D.


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