Gigs to check out in Manchester: April 2019

Idles // Hot Chip // Dennis Bovell // Etta Bond // James Blake // IAMDDB // GZA // Rabbithole // Circa Waves // DJ Yoda // Cabbage // The Specials

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated April 2nd '19

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  [ K S R ] | 2nd April | YES Local Mancunian [K S R] aka Roosevelt Kazaula Sigsbert has been building his name on the local circuit for the last 2 years. His sound crosses the boundaries between soul, lo-fi hip-hop and R&B, his debut EP ‘Unfiltered’ is available now. Buy Tickets   Idles | 3rd April | Albert Hall The unstoppable rise of Idles continues. As the punk band from Bristol work their way up the venue ladder with their biggest show yet in Manchester. Their debut album ‘Brutalism’ was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, as was their second album ‘Joy Of Resistance’ in 2018. The Albert Hall on 3rd April show has sold out already, get yourself on Twickets for any resale. Buy Tickets   Hot Chip | 3rd April | Gorilla One of the most important live electronic bands of our time, Hot Chip perform live at Gorilla on Wednesday 3rd April. This will be an incredibly intimate show for a group who you can usually only see in massive arenas or high up the bill on major festival line-ups. Don't miss the chance to see them up close and personal. Yes, this gig is of course sold out already, however you can join the waiting list for any resale tickets. Buy Tickets   Dennis Bovell | 3rd April | The Carlton Club The Manchester gem that is The Carlton Club welcomes Dub-Reggae legend Dennis Bovell through their doors. The Carlton Club famous for their ‘Home on the Range’ have raised the bar with a huge midweek booking. Bovell has built an impressive repertoire over the years working with Arcade Fire, Joss Stone and Madness to name a few, sure to be a big night in Whalley Range. Buy Tickets   Etta Bond | 3rd April | Band On The Wall British soulful songstress Etta Bond is Back after selling out Gullivers last year and heads night of music in Band on the Wall. Her soulful punk has earnt her collaborations with Wretch 32, Labrinth and Tom Misch to name a few. Awaiting her breakthrough track she released ‘No More Love’ earlier this month, get your ears around it and get to Band on the Wall. Buy Tickets   Lady Bird | 4th April | Soup Kitchen Fresh off a tour with Slaves the boys head out on a headline tour of the UK. The Kent trio bring some fresh punk… they're performances. The soup kitchen is the perfect venue for them, they're getting bigger and bigger and have almost sold out the whole tour. It will be a lively one in the NQ basement be prepared to get sweaty. Unfortunately, this one has sold out already however you can join the waiting list for any unwanted tickets. Buy Tickets     James Blake | 7th April | Victoria Warehouse Producer / singer / songwriter Mercury Award Winner, James Blake became known for a unique style of blending general R&B vocals with deep base and minimal dubstep. His 4th album Assume Form follows a period of time which has seen James move to Los Angeles and become one of the most important producers in music. Working with Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Travis Scott & Frank Ocean. With his first album in three years gracing us this year AND featuring Travis Scott, André 3000, Rosalía, Moses Sumney and Metro Boomin, it's sure to be a great gig, grab a ticket to see him at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse. Buy Tickets   IAMDDB | 7th April | Albert Hall Manchester’s very own Diana Debrito hailing from Angolan Portuguese heritage, it's hard to pin her down on a genre Urban Jazz/Hip Hop. Give her hit Single Shade a listen and make your own mind she’s touring new album ‘Volume Experience’ at Albert Hall. Ticket prices half what you’d normally pay for an Albert Hall gig, support the local talent moving on to big things. Buy Tickets   GZA | 9th April | Gorilla A huge booking for the railway club, GZA founding member of Wu-Tang comes to our shores for a solo tour. Twickets   Beirut | 10th April | Albert Hall Four years has passed since electric Indie collective Beirut's last released a record, the bands fifth studio album Gallipoli the title track and details of their current European tour, which brings them to Manchester's Albert Hall on the 10th April. if you haven't seen them already, now's your chance, pick up your ticket here. Buy Tickets   Devlin | 16th April | Soup Kitchen James Devlin British rap royalty returns to Manchester playing an intimate show at The Soup Kitchen. His fourth album The Outcast dropped in the middle of last month and with it he's taking it all back to what he does best; leaving the mainstream and going full-grime. It's being touted as his best album to date, and this will be a special show. Buy Tickets   Rabbithole | 18th April | White Hotel Some more local talent, Adio Marchant previously of Kid British brings his brand new project Rabbithole back to Manchester with band members Simeon Mclean, Daniel Abram and David Walker. It comes off the 2-year anniversary of ‘Middle’ the multi-platinum selling single. The album ‘The Visionary Tape’ was released last year and promises a complete package of Visuals and animations to follow. Buy Tickets   Circa Waves | 19th April | Victoria Warehouse Not strangers to this town, Circa Waves return to Victoria Warehouse, they headline the Neighbourhood weekend in Albert Hall and now they are touring new Album ‘WHAT’S IT LIKE OVER THERE?’ released on 6th of April. The new record has taken inspiration from ‘Arctic Monkeys and Drake’. More uplifting than their previous albums, excited to hear the new sound. Buy Tickets   DJ Yoda | 25th April | Gorilla Our favourite railway arch is renowned for the quality of their DJ bookings and DJ Yoda is no exception. He’s known for his cut and paste sampling, his sets are completely unique, previously doing sets based on gaming and has even had a set comprising of viral YouTube clips. He typically sways between hip-hop, drum and bass, funk and soul and his mixing and scratching talent in unquestionable. Buy Tickets   Cabbage | 25th & 26th April | YES / Deaf Institute No introduction needed for finest favourites Cabbage. They've announced a double header following the release of their new album 'nihilistic glamour shots’ on the 30 March. favouring the smaller venues, no one else does a party like cabbage. New music, same antics. For the gig at Deaf Institute on Thursday 24th March (the day before Good Friday, so no work in the morning) the band will be joined on the bill by local band Cabbage and Brighton's SONS. Unfortunately, it's sold out so get yourself on Twickets for face value resale, same goes for the YES gig. Twickets   The Specials | 28th April | Academy British Ska-Punk legends the Special’s return in top form with third album 'Encore’ 38 years since the last one. Their new album has recently reached the top of the official UK albums chart! The band are on the road to support their new album and in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. It's going to be a huge gig for the Academy, this one sold out fast, so keep your eye peeled for face value resale. Twickets