The best gigs and club nights in Manchester this November

Including multiple shows at The White Hotel, Pussy Riot at Band On The Wall and a rave at Victoria Baths.

By Emma Davidson | 8 November 2022

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Meat Free with Vil, CRAVO and Rebecca Delle Piane at The White Hotel

Friday 4th November
Rounding off an incredible year for the Meat Free gang, the club night is finishing strong with three Manchester debuts in the form of Rebecca Delle Piane and Vil & Cravo with a heavy back to back gig. The party will run til 8am but you can be sure as hell the whole Meat Free squad will be heading to the DBA for afters!

Pip Millett at O2 Ritz

Friday 4th November
Stockport born Pip Millett takes over the Ritz this month with her beautifully heartwarming voice. The singer blends an amalgamation of R&B and jazz to create tracks that are reflective of her youth that was often soundtracked by the likes of Bob Marley, Bobby Womack and Joni Mitchell.   

Manchester 360 Rave at Victoria Baths

Friday 4th November
A unique clubbing experience like no other, Manchester 360º aims to attract the most talented DJs in the electronic scene. Headlining the Victoria Baths weekend takeover on Friday will be Darius Syrossian, a DJ who has a grass-roots knowledge of music that he learned from the underground clubs and record stores he grew up in, so expect the finest house and techno all evening long. 

Special Interest & Container at The White Hotel

Saturday 5th November
Grown organically from childhood tones of the B-52s and Sparks, politically-minded punks Special Interest blend expressive guitars with grooving basslines. The band will be joined by Container, who is influenced by his background in noise and cassette collage music, as well as a new found interest in repetitive beats to create this raw and damaged rhythmic sound.

Squeeze at O2 Apollo

Saturday 5th November
British music legends, Squeeze are back with their first major UK tour in over three years.  The ‘Food For Thought’ tour will see Squeeze dip into their impressive list of hits and rare gems from throughout their extensive back catalogue.

10 years of Antinote at SOUP

Saturday 5th November
Celebrating 10 years in the business, Parisian stalwart Zaltan brings through the Antinote all stars team, Iueke and D.K, for an all-nighter! Spanning shades of house, boogie, dub and dancehall with releases from the likes of seminal Belgian chuggers Front De Cadeaux and the downtempo Tolouse Low Trax, Antinote have been churning out club oddities for a whole decade!

Plastic Mermaids at Low Four Studios

Wednesday 9th November
The creative force at the heart of Plastic Mermaids is Douglas and Jamie Richards, two brothers who approach life like an art project. Joined by Chris Newnham, Chris Jones and Tom Farren, together they put as much love into their band’s visual concepts and staging as they do into their unique brand of psych-rock and electronica.

Pussy Riot at Band On The Wall

Wednesday 9th November
Pussy Riot gained global notoriety in 2012 when five members staged a Punk Prayer performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, resulting in the imprisonment of Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samutsevich. Continuously unwavering in their highly charged and political ideology, Pussy Riot’s music is based around feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, whom the group considered a dictator.

Fontaines DC at Victoria Warehouse

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November
Beloved Irish band, Fontaines D.C., who took home the trophy for “Best Band In The World” at the BandLab NME Awards this year, recently released their mighty third album ‘Skinty Fia’. To celebrate, the band are performing across three dates in Manchester this month. All at Victoria Warehouse, the Irish rockers are a force to be reckoned with live, embodying the mannerisms of the punk icons of the past including Iggy Pop and Ian Curtis. 

Rainy Miller at The White Hotel

Friday 11th November
Rainy Miller performs at The White Hotel in support of new project DESQUAMATION (Fire, Burn. Nobody). The Preston artist presents a DIY approach to his craft, pushing the boundaries of contemporary music without limiting himself to any particular genre.

Kiss Me Again x Pumping Velvet at The White Hotel

Saturday 12th November
Kiss Me Again is a bi-monthly LGBTQ+ clubnight and DJ Collective in Manchester dedicated to bringing a broad spectrum of sounds and good times to queerdos and everyone else. This month’s party takes place at The White Hotel with Sofie K, Sam Ashton, Matthew Rothery, David KMA and Antoin KMA. 

Black Midi at New Century

Sunday 13th November
Classically trained and once church performing musicians, Black Midi couldn’t be further away from their humble beginnings. The band take to the stage at Manchester’s New Century this month with their oddball alt rock, jazz infused chaos and transcendent live show.

Grace Ives at YES

Monday 14th November
New York’s Grace Ives is a synthesiser enthusiast, creating predominantly electronic influenced pop from her bedroom. The artist’s dynamic vocals are brought to life by her care and attention to her music, which often centres around themes of self acceptance and self preservation.

Mélanie Charles at Band On The Wall

Monday 14th November
Over the past few decades, Mélanie Charles has made a name for herself through dynamic engagements with jazz, soul, and R&B. Her bold genre-bending style has been embraced by a range of artists including Wynton Marsalis, SZA, Mach-Hommy, Gorillaz, and The Roots.

Kendrick Lamar at AO Arena

Wednesday 16th November
The multi-Platinum, Grammy-award winning artist’s Big Steppers tour is hitting Manchester after his latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, was released in May 2022 immediately earning rave reviews.

Lady Blackbird at Manchester Cathedral

Thursday 17th November
Lady Blackbird is the talent, force-of-nature, and the talk-walking personality that Gilles Peterson has dubbed ‘the Grace Jones of jazz’ – an accolade reinforced by the remixes of recent single ‘collage’ by jazz and house heavyweights Bruise, Greg Foat and KDA.

Stealing Sheep at Gorilla

Sunday 20th November
Stealing Sheep are an art-pop band from Liverpool, who burst onto the scene with their joyous track ‘Joking Me’ back in 2019. Their line up includes Rebecca Hawley (vocals and keys), Emily Lansley (vocals and guitar) and Luciana Mercer (vocals and drum kit), making music that uses sparkling synths, drum machines and funky bass. 

KRS-One at The Blues Kitchen

Tuesday 22nd November
Arguably one of the most respected figures in hip-hop culture, KRS-One is one of the core pioneers of the genre’s growth from the projects of New York to being the worldwide genre it is today. Having rose to prominence with the group Boogie Down Productions and later on as a solo artist, he’s continued to fly the flag for hip-hop as a medium for social and political discussion. He returns to the UK for his first post-pandemic show. 

Wayne Snow at The Blues Kitchen

Wednesday 23rd November
Wayne Snow lands at The Blues Kitchen in Manchester for his biggest headline show to date. Fresh off the back of his latest album release Figurine on Roche Music and his outstanding COLORS Studios performance, the artist will be armed with his sun kissed, soulful vibes.

Fatima Yamaha at New Century

Friday 25th November
Now in the headlights of the electronic music scene, Fatima Yamaha is still a somewhat of an alluring character. His live shows unfailingly live up to expectations, offering refined house complemented by virtuoso synths. 

Slowpo Soundsystem at SOUP

Friday 25th November
In his tenure in Manchester, Slowpo has been making himself known at parties on an almost-weekly basis over the last decade. Slowpo Sound System is a night for the culture where music and community is at the forefront. The 1st anniversary celebration will bring the best riddims for your headtop with some very special guests.

Working Men’s Club at Manchester Academy

Saturday 26th November
Manchester-based electronic giants, Working Men’s Club create music in the shadow of fear and loss. The band formed the basis of their back catalogue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what followed was a bold, two-fingered statement riding the waves of synth-pop, post punk and everything in between. 

The Garden at Whitworth Locke Hotel

Hosted by Manchester-based artist Ceeow, The Garden will feature a line-up of curated musicians each offering the city distinct lyrical diversity. R’Monah, Ragoloco, Fallu and Superlative are confirmed for the gig so far, alongside Ceeow who will be showcasing his ‘perfect’ combination on Hip-Hop and Jazz.

Illa J at The Blues Kitchen

Monday 28th November
The rapper, singer, producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, former member of the legendary group Slum Village and younger brother of iconic hip hop producer J Dilla presents his latest albumHideout. With his own rich and soulful productions, he’s held his own in the family’s incredible musical legacy. Alongside tracks from the collaborative album he produced with Harleighblu, he’ll also perform plenty of his classic material from the past 15 years.

Holly Humberstone at Manchester Academy

Wednesday 30th November
Taking inspiration from the likes of Lorde, Bon Iver and Phoebe Bridgers, Holly Humberstone’s style has an honesty, fusing the warmth of acoustic music she grew up listening to with a darker, wonky electronic twist.