Gigs to check out in Manchester: May 2018

Drenge // Blossoms // Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds // We Are Scientists // JUNGLE // Lucy Mae // The Charlatans // Rita Ora // Nick Mulvey // CABBAGE // Nina Nesbitt // Alma // Spector // Ed Sheeran // Dot To Dot // Ezra Furman // James Bay

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated April 30th '18

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Drenge | 02 May | Gorilla Drenge Presents Grand Reopening! Back where they belong, on the road and in your hearts! Get yourself to their first headline UK tour in 3 years, their Manchester gig is at Gorilla on 2nd May, support on the night comes from Kagoule. The gig is now sold out so keep a lookout for face value resale.   Blossoms | 04, 05 & 11 May | Stockport Plaza / Apollo Blossoms are on a new run of UK dates to promote their new album ‘Cool Like You’, their tour includes a couple of huge shows at their hometown Stockport Plaza and then another couple of nights at the Apollo. The Stockport band recently released a track from the new Album, ‘I Can't Stand’ check it out and grab your ticket to one of the gigs here. Buy Tickets   Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds | 04 May | Arena Noel’s latest album ‘Who Built The Moon?’ is very interesting and the most ambitious of his solo releases, we can't wait to hear it live along with some original oasis tracks thrown in of course. Noels hometown Manchester gig will take place at the Arena on the 4th May. Get yourself a ticket, see you there! Buy Tickets   We Are Scientists | 09 May | Ritz The American threesome, now twosome, sometimes threesome will be hitting up the Ritz on the 9th plugging their new album Megaplex. Keith and Chris have been going for years and always put on a good show full of humour and catchy tunes. They'll be supported by The Lottery Winners. Get your tickets below. Buy Tickets   JUNGLE | 10 May | Ritz JUNGLE are heading back out on a huge tour this year! The seven piece have been in the US touring and then make their return to the stage at the Ritz on May the 10th. The band have had some time out from the studio, where they've been working on the follow-up to their acclaimed debut album. Last few tickets for their Manchester gig are available here. Buy Tickets   Lucy Mae | 10 May | Matt & Phreds Our very own Lucy Mae’s is a Blues Jazz and Pop artist with a soulful, raspy voice with spoken words and her band fuses jazz, R'n'B and hip-hop to create its own brand of jazz-hop. Her gig at Matt & Phreds is a free event, for more details, check out the link. You can also catch her at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival. Buy Tickets   The Charlatans | 14 - 18 May | Northwich Memorial Court The Northwich band will return to their roots to play the tiny Northwich Memorial Court venue with only 650 capacity, the dates are May 14, 16, 17 & 19. The latter two shows (May 17 & 18) will see the group play two completely different set lists. They will also have their own festival spread over ten days, featuring an exhibition, showing rare charlatans memorabilia, and a week of live band screenings and podcasts. I will be a great local event get yourself there! Buy Tickets   Rita Ora | 15 May | Manchester Academy Rita Ora became a household name in 2012 after featuring in DJ Fresh's single "Hot Right Now", later becoming the artist with the most number one singles in the UK chart. She's still going strong, appearing in the papers and on telly more than most people around at the moment. It shows because this gig at Manchester Academy is sold out. If you fancy it, your best bet would, as always, be Twickets. Buy Tickets   Nick Mulvey | 18 May | Albert Hall Nick Mulvey is the former hang (modified steel drum) player of the experimental jazzers the ‘Portico Quartet’ who broke out on his own and garnered a Mercury prize nomination in 2014 for his solo debut ‘First Mind’ Nick is on the road again with his new album ‘Wake Up Now’. Check out the new single ‘In Your Hands’ and grab a ticket to the show here. Buy Tickets   CABBAGE | 19 May | Ritz Manchester’s Cabbage are releasing their highly anticipated debut full-length, Nihilistic Glamour Shots this spring and to mark the occasion, the band are curating ‘Glamour At The Ritz’, which will play host to a number of talented acts, as well as a headline performance from Cabbage themselves. Don’t miss out on this incredible celebration of music as its sold out get an alert set up on Twickets for a face value resale. Buy Tickets   Nina Nesbitt | 19 May | Manchester Academy Singer/songwriter Nina Nesbitt was only 16 years old when she emerged on the British music scene in 2011 and has been treading the boards recently on her new UK tour. She hit it massive with her 'Peroxide' album and she's now got a load of new tracks, which will likely be seamlessly inserted between some of the stuff you know. Buy Tickets   Alma | 22 May | Manchester Academy 22-year-old Finnish 'powerhouse' Alma has an extraordinarily soulful voice and sharply observed lyrics hitting somewhere between Sia and Amy Winehouse. She commands a massive pop sound—one that’s already seen her rack up 100 million Spotify plays, and praise from Annie Mac, MØ, Elton John and more. Get your tickets for the Club Academy gig here: Buy Tickets   Spector | 23 May | Gorilla Spector are back with a new single 'Untitled In D', which has been getting spins on Huw Stephens, and is basically all over the radio. With two albums already under their belt, London five-piece Spector has released their new EP 'Ex-Directory' to promote this they will play at the wonderful Gorilla! Last few tickets still available. Buy Tickets   Ed Sheeran | 24, 25, 26, 27 May | Etihad Stadium Ed Sheeran had an overwhelming demand for his UK tour and set 4 dates at Manchester Etihad Stadium, All 4 dates are completely sold out however you can join the waiting list for resale. Good Luck! Ed on the nights will be joined by close friend Anne-Marie and also Jamie Lawson. Buy Tickets   Dot To Dot | 25 May | Various One of Manchester's greatest festivals is back for another year and another great line up; featuring The Horrors, Dermot Kennedy, Pale Waves, Ady Suleiman across venues as The Albert Hall, O2 Ritz, Gorilla, The Ruby Lounge, Night & Day Cafe, Soup Kitchen, Bands on the Wall, Gullivers, The Castle Hotel. For full details and line up and a ticket to the festival see here. Buy Tickets   Ezra Furman | 27 May | Albert Hall Chicago-raised songwriter Ezra Furman’s has released his new solo album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ he is now on tour which includes his biggest London headline show at Brixton, his Manchester date is at the Albert Hall on 27th May. Grab your ticket here. Buy Tickets   James Bay | 30 May | Albert Hall Singer-songwriter James Bay is back with the release of his second album ‘Electric Light’ which will be out from May 18th. The album features recent singles ‘Wild Love’ and ‘Pink Lemonade’ James has a run of tour dates across the UK which brings him to Manchester's Albert Hall at the end of the month. Grab your ticket here. Buy Tickets