Gigs to check out in Manchester: April 2018

Jarvis Cocker // Big Thief // The Courteeners // Arcade Fire // Harry Styles // The Vaccines // Bastille // Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats // Frank Turner // The Orielles // Floating Points // The Streets // Larkins // Manic Street Preachers // DMA’s

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 1 August 2018

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Jarvis Cocker | 03 April | Deaf Institute

Jarvis Cocker and a band of friends have announced a bunch of tiny UK shows, one being at the Deaf Institute in Manchester. Cocker will sing in the band, with Serafina Steer on harp and keys, Emma Smith on Violin, Andrew McKinney on bass, and Adam Betts on drums. The tickets were like gold dust, so keep a look out for any resale- you will kick yourself if you miss this one.

Big Thief | 04 April | Academy 2
Brooklyn’s Big Thief are back in Manchester, they played the Deaf Institute when they were last in town. They are currently touring the UK with their recent album ‘Capacity’. The band will also support The National on their U.S shows and you might catch them at one of this summer’s festivals. You can get a ticket to see them at Manchester Academy 2 here.

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The Courteeners | 07 April | Arena
The Courteeners mark the 10th anniversary of debut album St. Jude with two very special live shows in London and Manchester. The show will see the band performing St Jude in its entirety, the show will take place at Manchester’s Arena on Saturday 7th April. There are very few seated tickets still available.

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Arcade Fire | 08 April | Arena
Following an acclaimed run of shows across the UK and Europe this summer, Arcade Fire have announced a headline tour for Spring 2018, which will see “one of the most popular and essential bands of the century”(NME) play dates across the UK including a show at Manchester Arena on Sunday April 8th. Last few tickets available here.

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Harry Styles | 09 April | Arena
Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album was released May 2017 and soared to the top of the charts around the world. In the U.S. it topped the Billboard 200 album chart with over 230,000 equivalent album units sold and 193,000 traditional albums sold, making history as the biggest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album. Harry played an intimate gig at the Apollo last year, he is back in town playing a bigger show at the Arena there are limited tickets available.

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The Vaccines | 09 April | Academy
The band are back with their fourth LP, ‘Combat Sports in March’, and have lined up a run of UK shows. The Vaccines have confirmed details of their fourth album Titled ‘Combat Sports’, it’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s English Graffiti and will be released on 30 March 2018.

The London band commence their full UK tour to support the album in Bristol and then play Manchesters Academy on April 9th. It’s a sell out so keep your eye out for resale face value tickets.

Bastille | 10 April | Apollo
Bastille are on a big UK tour this month – with a show that will give their songs a more classical feel. The ‘ReOrchestrated’ Tour will see the band giving their back catalogue a dramatic re-imagining, using different instrumentation and ideas. They play the Apollo on 10th of April.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats | 14 April | Albert Hall
Nathaniel Rateliff is a striking, emotive tenor vocalist and songwriter who’s work runs from simple folk and American to roots rock & roll to vintage rhythm and blues. He and his band The Night Sweats are based in Denver, Colorado. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ self titled début album was released in August 2015 and they are now back with their second album ‘Tearing at the Seams’. Be sure to check them out at the Albert Hall on April 14th. It’s a sell out so check out Twickets for face value resale.


Frank Turner | 13 April | Academy
It’s a big year for Frank Turner he is back with the release of his brand new album ‘Be More Kind’ and a huge world tour. We saw him early this year with his band ‘ Mongol Horde’ so we are very excited to hear his new material at his gig at the Academy this month. Support from Arkells and The Homeless Gospel Choir.


The Orielles | 14 April | Gorilla
The Orielles – Two sisters Sidonie and Esme and their best friend Henry (Guitarist) from Halifax. The trio are one of the most exciting bands around right now. They have a indie pop 80’s inspired sound to their debut album ‘ Silver Dollar Moment’. Their gig at Gorilla has sold out, so keep your eyes peeled for some face value tickets and check them out.


Floating Points | 20 April | Gorilla
Floating points all night long at Gorilla 11pm – 4am. Known on dancefloors and tastefully progressive UK radio as Floating Points, producer and DJ Sam Shepherd applied his love for gritty funk, slick R&B and jazz to house, techno/ Grab your tickets for his marathon set at Gorilla.

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The Streets | 21 April | Apollo
This is the one gig everyone is talking about. The Streets are set to reunite for for a greatest hits tour this year- last touring in 2011 in support of their fifth album ‘Computers and Blues’ so it is pretty big news. ‘Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light tour’ is named after a recent track from Skinner, they will perform songs from their classic albums ‘Original Pirate’ and ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’. It will certainly be a gig of the year if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket. If not keep your eyes out or get yourself over to Gorilla for the official after show which Skinner will be hosting, last time he played gorilla he brought out friend Kano as a special guest.

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Larkins | 21 April | Academy 2
For the last few years Larkins have been grafting as any new band should playing a range of venues across the city. This time they are playing the Academy and if you haven’t already seen them we recommend you get yourself a ticket while they are playing the smaller venues as these Glossop boys are working their way up to Arenas.

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Manic Street Preachers | 28 April | Arena ( The Coral )
The Manics will soon release their 13th album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ before embarking on a huge UK arena tour. With support from The Coral it’s going to be a great show!

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DMA’s | 28 April | Academy
The Australian trio are back in town with a gig at the Academy to support their second album ‘For Now’ They released their debut in 2016 and have been gigging all over since supporting the likes of The Kooks and Courteeners. It’s a sell out so have a look out for resale face value tickets.