Things to do in Manchester this May.

There is undoubtedly an unending plethora of live music filling Manchester’s stadiums, venues, cafés, markets, brewery’s and any other available building with enough space to swing a guitar in. So Reyt Good will be bringing you our pics of the month, from major gigs, break through bands, unsigned up and comers, free nights, late nights, out of towners and a something a little bit different. 

The chilled night out. Chris Helme (Ex- Sea Horses) May  2nd Burton Arms

While still fairly new to N4 The Burton Arms (soon to be renamed Rose & Monkey) has been gaining a some fairly notable gigs including an acoustic set from The Binders boys.  May 2nd sees Chris Helme, who first rose to prominence as the front man of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band ‘The Seahorses’ heading to the venue with his solo show. While still known for his enviable back catalogue, Britpop classics ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Blinded By The Sun’ his latest offering sees Helme maturing into a more melodic, imaginative and intricate artist. Support come in the form of Manchester’s favourite curly haired troubadour Joel Gardner.

Catch them before they are massive. The Murder Capital May 3rd Soup Kitchen

Hotly-tipped Dublin-based five-piece The Murder Capital descend on N4s favourite basement promoting the released their debut single Feeling Fades. The band have won acclaim in Ireland and the UK and who are touted as for runners of the neo-punk uprising in Ireland alongside Fontaines DC. The band also were handpicked to Support Idles in London…. Nuff said

Free Music of the Month Fab Radios Sunday Social May 5th Fab Cafe

After a few months break the FAB Sunday Social is back with some more great acts playing stripped down sets that are exclusively recorded for the radio. So here’s the gist of it….. on the first Sunday of the month Fab Radio leaves the studio and has an afternoon out in Fab Café. This month, they have the amazingly talented Dave Fidler, the anthemic indie of Liverpool’s RATS, Birmingham’s Paper Bouys will be delivering some infectious indie punk, and indie chancers The Maitlands will be bringing the charm. The bar is open and it’s completely free. Your cheers and applause will be on the radio, and you get to see bands doing their tracks in different ways. Its on 3pm til 8pm and it’s a bnk holidays so it’s the perfect excuse for day drinking.

There’s still tickets left if get in there quick. Peter Doherty May 9th O2 Ritz

Infamy follows Doherty where he ever he goes, the press went into a full blown frenzy as he ate a full English breakfast. I’ve seen him both fall off a stage and perform some of the heart felt delicate indie ballads of all time. He is many things but mediocre is never one of them. The new album is more matured and seems to have him return to his more sensitive roots that he lost in the often shambolic Babyshambles era.  Who really knows how he is currently coping with demands of fame and touring again but its undeniable he will put on a show.

The why haven’t you heard of this lot yet band. Stonefield, May 15th Night & Day

Australian, psych-rock luminaries Stonefield, have hit the ground running with a busy, and very exciting 2019. As they wrap up their first tour of the year, supporting King Tuff on his North American dates as well as a UK/EU Tour in May and June. The tour includes several festival stops including Desertfest, The Great Escape, Maifeld Derby and Tomavistas. For over a decade, the band have seemingly existed within their own stellar nebula; unaffected by fleeting modern musical trends, their sound is a homage to the prog, metal and psych powerhouses of the 70s whilst remaining completely their own. Night & Day may well be the last time they are seen in such an intimate venue.

Music with the added bit of doing something good. Birds on A wire in aid of Christies gig. May 18th The Breadshed

A mega line up consisting of Black Sonic Revolver who are back on top form, the very hotly tipped   Moses and the C33s, Brums boisterous Paper Buoys who will be teaming up with The Pagans S.O.H to perform their single Faith So Blind for the first time in Manchester, and trip hoppy indie lights The Any Numbers will be kicking the whole night off. Tickets are just £10 and it’s raising money for the Manchester institution that is the Manchester’s Christies Hospital and we don’t need to tell you how much good that place does.

The OMG its festival season already Neighbourhood Weekender May 25th & 26th Warrington’s Victoria Park

Late May Bank holiday and the first of North Wests big festivals opens its gates. While mainly full of mainstream indie heavy hitters there is still space on the line up for some great break through acts such as Fuzzy Sun, Zuzu, No Hot Ashes and Jade Bird. If you don’t already have tickets I’m afraid it’s tough luck as it sold out instantly. Also if you don’t like George Ezra that’s tough luck too as hes playing this and about every other festival SJM have a hand in this summer, resistance is futile, he’s more prevalent that the clap in a student halls of residence.

And the one that will make your ears bleed. Imperial Wax Plus support from the 99 Degree and Slow Hand Clap. May 31st  Night People

Imperial Wax are the longest serving and last line up of legendary Manchester band The Fall. The 11 year veterans Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway have teamed up with frontman Sam Curran and have already recorded forthcoming album “Gastwerk Saboteurs” scheduled for release in May 2019. Make sure to get down early to catch bastard post punk surfer blues men The 99 Degree as they who consistently rival any headliners on the scene at the minute.

And of course if you are a fan of new bands RGM Live has 2 shows in May. Tickets available in the RGM STORE