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Things to do in Manchester This February

It’s that time of year when we are all thankful the seemingly never-ending January has finally passed and we’ve finally been paid. So you can now spend all your money on gig tickets and then be broke again for the rest of February

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be causing a complete riot over at Manchester Academy Wednesday,

Feb 12th.  Bad new this is sold out….. good news there are tickets on twickets get yourselves signed up for an alert. 

Stockport favourite dream-pop boys Blossoms are heading to Stockport Plaza for two nights of very special headline gigs launching their new album. Tuesday, Feb 11th & 12th ​

For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/Blossoms 

Bongo & Bingo Manchester Anti-Valentines Special! The classic game of Bingo but not really!

It’s been reinvented with added mayhem, dance anthems and class prizes. 

A wildly diverse demographic flock to Bongo’s Bingo not just for a night of incredible fun, singalongs and false calls, but for something much, much more – for escapism, for nostalgia and for one of the best parties around. Thursday Feb 13th Albert Hall.

For more info and tickets: https://www.alberthallmanchester.com/event/bongos-bingo-manchester-anti-valentines-special/

Working men’s clubs in West Yorkshire didn’t used to be full of teenagers. But since the likes of Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club became a venue, they’ve been full of young people; Sydney Minsky-Sargeant even named his band in tribute. Working Men’s Club are coming to Gorilla Friday Feb 13th.

For more info and tickets:  www.thisisgorilla.com/event/working-mens-club/

What better way to spend Valentine’s day than the shouty heroics of The Murder Capital who will be hitting Academy 2Fri February 14th Feb

For more info and tickets: http://gigst.rs/TMC

Hailing from Dublin Inhaler are coming to Academy 2 Saturday February 15th

The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Elijah Hewson, bassist Robert Keating, guitarist Josh Jenkinson and drummer Ryan McMahon. Now just because everyone hates Bono there’s no need to be shitting on the band headed up by his crotch fruit. They opened up for Noel Gallagher at Heaton Park and were damn decent. 

For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/Inhaler 

To celebrate the release of More Again Forever with an intimate album launch show at Albert Hall, The Courteeners will be performing fours shows in two days. A matinee and evening show 15th and 16th February.

For more info and tickets: https://www.alberthallmanchester.com/event/courteeners/

Named after probably the greatest obscure comedy horror series of all time. Twin Peaks are at Deaf Institute Feb 18th. They’ve embraced change ever since their 2010 formation as high school friends making scrappy basement rock ‘n’ roll to now cementing their status as one of Chicago’s most essential bands. 

For more info and tickets: www.thisisgorilla.com/event/twin-peaks/

AnalogueTrash is proudly back at The Castle for an evening of live, alternative and underground music with a stonking four-band line-up and IT’S A FREE SHOW PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!  

Featuring Def Neon, an eclectic and energetic mix of rock, dirty electro and bass music; Daft Punk crossed with Siouxsie Sioux, or Peaches meets Van Halen. St Lucifer, anarchic electropunk from the rainy city. Modern electronic pop for the disenfranchised Bristol-based duo Fourth Engine easily bribed with tea and cake and Husk the lovechild of 80’s synth nostalgia and fresh left-field pop.

For more info and tickets:https://www.analoguetrash.com/event/def-neon/

2 Night headliners seem to be the theme of February, not sure if its just people are getting too lazy to change venue every night. Julian Cope singer, poet, occultist and photographer who has enjoyed a 30-year career in the rock business, and is described by his Bloomsbury book publishers as a ‘visionary rock musician and musicologist, hip archaeologist and one-time frontman of the Teardrop Explodes’ is descending on Gorilla  21st & 22nd

Cope has released over 20 solo albums, countless collaborative projects, and six acclaimed books. Cope began his career in 1977, as bass player in the short-lived Liverpool punk group The Crucial Three, alongside future Echo & The Bunnymen singer Ian McCulloch, before forming the Teardrop Explodes in late ’78. 

For more info and tickets: https://www.thisisgorilla.com/event/julian-cope-2/

Supergrass are back and are bound to be putting on the ultimate indie karaoke sing along. Yep, it’s on at VictoriaWarehouse which is a God awful venue but I reckon after few drunken rounds in when Caught By The Fuzz comes on it will be worth it. Plus support is the everyone favourite Scouse skiffle band The Coral. O2 Victoria Warehouse, 26th & 27th of February.

For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/Supergrass

One for your mums! Take them for a treat of Michael Ball & Alfie Boe at the Arena, there will be a seat on the floor as well so its won’t be too knackering. Two chaps with beautiful voices. My Mum went last time they toured and loved it although she still preferred Paul Simon. Thurs 27th Feb​

For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/BAB 

The 1975 are on at the Arena. Personally, I hate them. Clearly a lot of people don’t as they are playing the massive arena. I also hate the arena as the wine is warm and costs the price of a kidney transplant on the black market. Good luck to you if you’re going to that. Fri 28th For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/1975 

DJ Shadow is returning to Albert Hall Friday feb 28th after two amazing shows in the space, the first a romp through Afrika Bambaataa’s record collection with Cut Chemist on the turntables too, and the second, a live album and DVD of his previous tour ‘The Mountain Has Fallen. This time he’s got a brand new double album ‘Our Pathetic Age’, and his visual show is always immense. Do not miss!

For more info and tickets: https://www.alberthallmanchester.com/event/dj-shadow-2/

Saturday Feb 29th Electro synth pop group Ladytron come to The Ritz for one of three UK shows, which will also mark their first visit here in 10 years. This show was rescheduled from Saturday 19 October. Don’t worry though, all tickets are valid for the new date. If you can’t make it, you can get a refund from wherever you bought your tickets. There will be free entry afterparty to ticket holders for this show taking place at YES Manchester with dj sets from Ladytron, Stealing Sheep, Ist Ist and Dave Haslam from 11pm until late.

For more info and tickets: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2ritzmanchester/events/1260736/ladytron-tickets

Ending the month in style we have a band that does melancholic rock just beautifully!  The Editors​ return to the O2 Apollo Saturday 29th Feb.

For more info and tickets: gigst.rs/Editors

Looking for a place to eat and drink before the show? Check out the RGM Guide on where to go HERE