Best Gigs to See in Manchester This April

Including Lovescene, Groove Armada, DRS and loads more!

Real Lies at The White Hotel
Friday 1st April
London electronic duo, Real Lies were formed back in 2015 by pals Kev Kharas, Tom Watson and Patrick King. Tom since departed the group, but their sound is engrossing, a strange blend of euphoric electronica and pop storytelling. If you’re looking for plans tonight, you can catch them at The White Hotel! 

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The Eagle Inn’s 10th Birthday
Saturday 2nd April
This Saturday The Eagle Inn is hosting a FREE all-day party to celebrate 10 years of the pub being in the hands of landlady, Esther Maylor. Starting at 3pm, you’ll see performances from Sugarstone, Dakota Avenue, The Skive and Tigerside, alongside some late-night DJ’s. It’s an event full of food, drinks and good vibes, be sure to get yourself down and check out the unique venue for yourself!

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FAIR PLAY festival in Northern Quarter
Saturday 2nd April
The cracking FAIR PLAY Festival will make its debut across various venues in Northern Quarter this weekend. It prides itself on being a fair playing field, an equal opportunity for all and a communal, collaborative event, featuring a diverse lineup that’s fair and accessible. Some of the acts taking to its stages include; Babii, Global Charming and YAANG, making it a great event for local music and our beloved NQ!

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Lovescene
Tuesday 5th April
Hot off the back of releasing their self-titled debut album, Lovescene will bring their irresistibly rich mix of velvet RnB, groove-laden soul and driving floor filler to Manchester’s YES Basement next Tuesday.

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Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul at YES Pink Room
Wednesday 6th April
True storytellers through the realm of electronic music, Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul have crafted their sound through after-dark political debates. The Ghent-based duo are set to bring their playful synth talking points to YES’ Pink Room on Wednesday 6th!

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Black Josh x Milkavelli w/ Lee Scott at The Blues Kitchen
Wednesday 6th April
The Blues Kitchen will host Black Josh and Mikavelli on Wednesday alongside the legendary Lee Scott to promote their new project ‘Swegasus’, which is an album that ‘touches down upon the sacred grounds of carefully selected corners of the English country.’

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Lonelady at The White Hotel
Thursday 7th April
Julie Campbell AKA Lonelady is a true electronic-pop pioneer. Her groove-stricken music is a nod to bands of the 80s including Yazoo, Pink Rhythm and The System, who blend rare disco with punchy synth rhythms to create music that truly makes you move. Her live performance is also captivating, as her industrial-esque sound is played out across various instruments including, guitars, drum machines and stacked synths, depicting DIY Manc heritage and its industrial past.

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Strawberry Guy at Low Four Studios
Thursday 7th April
Join Low Four for another exciting event with Strawberry Guy. He’ll be performing songs from his debut album Sun Outside My Window : a record that paints a timeless vista of ethereal balladry, looking towards 19th Century musical maestros and works of art, bringing a new meaning to the term ‘Modern Classic’.

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Skunk Anansie at Victoria Warehouse
Friday 8th April
Fronted by the legendary, Skin, Skunk Anansie have had a career that’s taken them across the world, performing to sold-out stadium size crowds full of head-banging, rock loving fans. The band have been active since the mid 90s, and are still a ferocious, energetic outlet to see live – an amalgamation of heavy mental and black feminist rage. 

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DRS at Gorilla
Tuesday 12th April
Previously one-third of the UK Hip Hop trio, Broke ‘n’ £nglish, DRS has taken his music to the furthest corners of the British rap scene, transcending genres and giving a voice to underrepresented groups. A true Manchester icon, his show at Gorilla is eagerly anticipated and definitely not one to be missed.

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Witch Fever at Night & Day Cafe
Wednesday 13th April
Rising from the depths of punk’s true hell, Witch Fever are a feminist four-piece from Manchester with enough ferocity to upper-cut the patriarchy. Their music takes no prisoners, and is a blend of organic punk angst, featuring dirty licks and raw, confrontational vocals.

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Alex Cameron at Gorilla
Thursday 14th April
Born and raised in Sydney, Alex Cameron has the glamorous sleaze of a 70s movie star, dressed in perfectly fitted suits and an alluring gaze. His music is full of stories of those that have veered off the beaten path – brought together by indie-pop melodies and soft synth sounds. 

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Lily Moore at The Deaf Institute
Monday 25th April
Armed with a set of pipes similar to Adele and Amy Winehouse, Lily Moore’s music is raw and brutally honest, covering love and loss through stripped back acoustic performances and tear-jerking lyrics, which are authentically her own. The singer is the daughter of rock-star royalty and Thin Lizzy guitarist, Gary Moore and has caught the eye of many a music critic, appearing on Top of the Pops, MTV and BBC Radio 1.

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Mantaraybryn at Gullivers
Tuesday 26th April
Marrying intimate lyrics and computerised melodies, Mantaraybryn released his first album back in 2016, which explored the realms of synth-led sounds and indie-pop vocals. His on-stage performance is minimal in that he’s joined by no one other than himself, demonstrating his impeccable talent as a musician.

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Heroes of Manchester at Band On The Wall
Wednesday 27th April
This genre-spanning evening will feature Ellen Beth Abdi, Kemani Anderson and Berry Blacc – three Manchester-based artists who are putting their own spin on their own unique sounds, drawing influences from 80s electronica, R&B, soul, reggae, jazz and funk. Konny Kon (Children of Zeus) will also be taking over the bar as DJ for the evening.

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Piri and Tommy at The White Hotel
Wednesday 27th April
Piri, aka Sophie McBurnie & Tommy Villers found love on Instagram and, subsequently, their avid fan base on TikTok. During lockdown, the couple formed a cosy social bubble, where they began experimenting with drum and bass sounds, as well as dance and electronic with a refreshing sprinkle of their envious Gen Z youth. The result is a colourful, new-age take on a DIY dance-pop scene that you’ll desperately want to hear more of.

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Still Corners at YES Pink Room
Thursday 28th April
Reflective and euphoric, Still Corners’ music takes you on a journey – the kind that’s doused in sunshine as you hang your arm out of the car window, feeling the gentle breeze and neglecting any prior worries. Latest album, The Last Exit cements this, and is full of heartbreaking, ethereal vocals and paradisiacal dream pop.

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Mike Skinner DJ Set at YES Pink Room
Friday 29th April
Hitting YES’ Pink Room at the end of the month is the one and only Mike Skinner. Streets frontman and all-round noughties icon, he’ll be spinning his favourite Grime, Hip-Hop and Streets classics to a room of Umbro-clad, misspent youth.

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