This week’s gigs to check out in Manchester: 2 June - 9 June 2017

King's of Leon // Sugar Hill Gang // One Love Manchester // Puppet Rebellion // Whitney - Bill Ryder Jones // Tycho // Joe Purdy

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 8 June 2017

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King’s Of Leon | 9 June | Arena 
Kings of Leon return to Manchester Arena for their first show in the city in over three years. Tickets for the Friday 9 June concert are on sale now, priced from £45.00 (booking fees apply). They will be joined for their headline show at Manchester Arena by special guests The Sherlocks. The Tennessee quartet – Followill brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew Followill – will be performing tracks from their seventh studio album, WALLS, alongside hits from their decade-plus rock back catalogue, including Molly’s Chambers, On Call, Sex On Fire, Closer and Use Somebody. Pick up your ticket here.


Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster | 6 June | Gorilla
As the age of Disco drew to a close, music fans the world over were ready for an injection of freshness. The year was 1979 and a new urban sound had found its feet on the East Coast of America. In Englewood, New Jersey a three-piece called SugarHill Gang were soon to become the forefathers of Hip Hop, as the success of their hit single ‘Rapper’s Delight’ proved, selling 8 million copies on release and taking them global. Meanwhile, in the projects of South Bronx, legendary turntablist Grandmaster Flash had assembled with The Furious Five, who were simultaneously spreading ‘The Message’ and liberating dance floors around the world with a new ‘Freedom’. Following Flash’s departure from the group The Furious Five would go on to achieve UK Top 10’s with historic numbers such as ‘White Lines’, ‘Step Off’ and ‘Beat Street’. Few tickets available here.


One Love Manchester | 4 June | Emirates Old Trafford
Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester for her One Love Manchester Benefit Concert, she is joined by some famous friends Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Take That, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Usher, Niall Horan and more set to perform on the big day.


Puppet Rebellion | 2 June | Ruby Lounge
If you missed the chance to see The Mancunian 5 piece at Dot to Dot fear not, they are performing this Friday at Ruby Lounge. Recently doing Acoustic sets for BBC Introducing, their profile is building and rightfully so.


Whitney – Bill Ryder Jones | 4 June | Ritz
Now Wave Sunday Session featuring Whitney. Whitney is an American indie-rock band from Chicago, which formed in 2015 and is signed to Secretly Canadian. The band was formed shortly after the breakup of member Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich’s band Smith Westerns in late 2014. They released their debut album, Light Upon the Lake, in June 2016 and have toured internationally. Plus very special guest Bill Ryder-Jones (solo acoustic set) The Merseyside lad better known for his time as the lead guitarist for the coral brings his solo show to the ritz. His music has evolved since and his solo pieces are much softer, previously working with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His list of collaborations speaks for itself, the last shadow puppets, Artic Monkeys, Graham Coxon and Paloma Faith. Tickets here.


Tycho | 7 June | Albert Hall
Pronounced Tie-Ko, the project led by Californian Scott Hansen returns to Manchester and it may have found its perfect setting within the Albert Hall. Expect futuristic soundscapes filled with synths and extended ambient melodies. Few tickets left.


Joe Purdy | 8 June | Soup Kitchen 
The self-described hillbilly from Deep South of the United States, Arkansas, who boasts 14 albums, brings his mellow folk to Manchester. His mesmerising vocals are rich in storytelling and rich in emotion, easy listening and a perfect midweek gig. Pick up your ticket here.