10 things to do in Manchester this June…

Comic Con Bowlers June 1st & 2nd

The first Manchester Comic Con will take place on June 1-2 2019, from the same team that brings you Liverpool Comic Con, For the Love of Sci-Fi, For the Love of Horror, and For the Love of Wrestling. Grab your cosplay and let your full blown inner geek run wild with the fantastic 80s and 90s inspired set and prop recreations including animatronic Gizmo & Johnny 5, Gremlins & Simpsons set builds. Plus guests including Zach Galligan, Judge Reinhold, Francis Lee McCain, Rex Smith Steve Guttenberg and Erika Eleniak. There’s also the chance to get drunk in a galaxy far far away…… as the StarWars Cantina will be open for cocktails

Manchester’s King Street Festival June 1st & 2nd

The popular annual festival returns to Manchester most label filled shopping district with a glorious weekend of alfresco dining, live music, a pop-up gin bar, lawn games and family activities, tours, VIP shopping experiences and the return of the prestigious Manchester Flower Show. You can get into the festival spirit with a whole host of events, exclusive discounts and competitions throughout the weekend from King Street stores, restaurants and bars including alfresco dining at Tast and El Gato Negro. The King Street Cocktail Trail will be back with a range of summer cocktails created especially for the festival by local bars and restaurants, priced at £5 each ensuring all attending are well and truly tipsy in the city.

Fab Radio Sunday Social Fab Cafe June 2

Out favourite free afternoon of music is back, the Fab radio Sunday Social. The first Sunday of every month sees Fab Radio decamping to their sister venue Fab café to record bands playing exclusive stripped down sets for the radio. This month, the have another eclectic mix of bands Polar States, The 99 Degree , Army Of Moths and Velvet Shakes. Plus spoken word artists Pete Wilkson and Karl Hildebrandt, Artist Stephen Lynn and Director of Eaten by Lions Jason Wingard will be popping in for a chat too. The bar is open, the music kicks off at 3 and it’s free to get in.

Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds with Support from Doves, Heaton Park June 7

The former Oasis star is returning to Manchester with his High Flying Birds on Friday June 7, 2019. It will be his biggest open air gig of 2019 and his first Heaton Park performance since Oasis’ infamous shows there in 2009, shortly before their split. His support is also causing endless amounts of excitement as joining him on the bill is Manchester legends Doves, who announced their return earlier this year after a nine-year break. The group – brothers Jez and Andy Williams and bandmate Jimi Goodwin – have been on hiatus since 2010, when they played what they said could be their last ever show at The Warehouse Project. They have not released an album together since Kingdom of Rust in 2009. Ticket are currently sold out but reasonable resale offers are out there through Twickets.

Le-naSty The Line Between album launch, Castle Hotel June 7th 

Able to transform sadness into something new and beautiful, le-naSty is able to provide a little relief to sadness. His music allows a moment of solidarity with a trusting narrator, an opportunity to lay your cards on the table and break free from the restraints of heartbreak or anxiety and simply feel a movement through the body and lose yourself in the rhythm. His genre bending styles and poignant lyrics touch nerve ends and make the hairs on your arms stand up and urge you to dance. So dust off your best boiler suit and pump up your pink balloons and celebrate le-naSty releasing his sophomore album ‘The Line Between’. 

Polar States Jimmys June 14

2018 saw Polar States cement their reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, signing with killing moon records, entering Spotify’s viral 50 chart, selling out a string of shows across the UK and Europe and gaining strong support from Radio 1. Summer 2019 will see the band tour the UK and Europe, and release their forthcoming EP ‘All You Couldn’t See’ amidst a busy festival season. Jimmys is likely to be the last time thbe band are see in such an intimate venue. Support from Two Day Coma, Stereohaze and James Holt.

A Life in Thirty-Five Boxes – Dave Haslam book event, Gorilla June 17 

Dave Haslam’s new writing project is a number of mini-books, in a series which he has dubbed ‘Art Decades’. The first mini-book in the ‘Art Decades’ series will be ‘A Life in Thirty-Five Boxes: How I Survived Selling My Record Collection’. Dave Haslam will be reading from the book, and signing copies. In addition, we’ll hear about some of the slightly surprising things collected by guest panellists; poet Tony Walsh, musician/artist Naomi Kashiwagi, and DJ/producer Mark Rae.

AnalogTrash turns 10 Breadshed June 15

To celebrates 10 years AnalogueTrash is hosting a one-day festival at The Bread Shed on Grosvenor Street in Manchester on the 15th of June 2019. The event will feature a selection of label bands, visual artists, DJs plus friends and collaborators. Live performances include The Cowls, DEF NEON, St Lucifer, Spray, STOCKSNSKINS, Factory Acts and Nature of Wires; as well as DJ sets from the Anointed DJs, Vieon and ded.pixel.Label artists and friends not able to make the event due to geography or other commitments will be presenting special video messages between performances, and the whole event will be broadcast live over AnalogueTrash’s  own internet radio station AT Radio.

Hackney Colliery Band, Gorilla June 22

Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s eponymous debut album in 2011, the East London collective have blown their way into the public consciousness with their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK. This talented collective of musicians have both an exciting and unique history, from playing a 45-minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and worldwide airplay from many more, from collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness to selling out venues across the UK. Catch them at Gorilla as part of their tenth anniversary tour.

Mixing Mates with Blasha & Allatt [All Night Long] Stage & Radio June 28th

And finally…… if you prefer your decks to your guitars Founded by House and Techno DJ WeeDot. Mixing Mates is a night based around a bunch of fellow DJs from across the UK and Europe getting together to bring you some of their favourite tunes, mixes and moves. The session features Blasha & Allatt co-founders and residents at Meat Free. 2018/19 has already proved to be a big year for the duo, gaining a nomination in the DJ Mag’s ‘Best Resident DJ’ category as well as gigs at Fabric, Dockyards Festival (ADE), Shelter & No Bounds under their belt. Their debut track ‘Broughton 93’ is also featured on Machine’s forthcoming ‘Tribology’ compilation which sees the girls share label space with Function, Truncate & Psyk. Taking place in the intimate basement of Stage & Radio from 10pm right through to 4am.