Things to do in Manchester this October

A plethora of gigs, events, clubs and openings plus the added fun of Halloween in the city…. here is the RGM Guide for things to do in Manchester 

Tuesday 1st Whenyoung

Headlining Gorilla, Whenyoung are a new London-based pop punks trip made up of Irish musicians Aoife Power (Vocals/ Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar), Andrew Flood (Drums). Originally from Limerick and bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin to seek some big city excitement. Developing their sound, still with a DIY approach, the band moved to London and last year became Whenyoung.

For more info and tickets www.thisisgorilla.com/event/whenyoung/

Thursday 3rd Dirty Laces

Formed in early 2017, Dirty Laces have been making an impact on the Manchester music scene with their punk inspired high energy performances, heavy riffs and their own interpretation of popular 60’s and 70’s bands, whilst fusing these components with powerful choruses and raw rock and roll edge. They’ve sold out shows across the North West on more than one occasion, and anyone that has seen them knows why. Appearing in the unique of the venue of the Stockport Hat Museum as part of the new festival of art music and comedy, Mercury Climbing, this is bound to be a gig to remember.  

For more info and tickets mercuryclimbing.co.uk/

Friday 4th Legs On Wheels and Nino’s Blue Saloon

Psychadelic, progressive blues night at Big Hands featuring Legs On Wheel and Nino’s Blue Saloon.

Legs on Wheels are said to be born from the dust of a wayward comet, cooked in the belly of a blazing star, Legs on Wheels is a cosmic cow, ripe for milking making Psych Jazz Noise from the underground… While Nino’s Blue Saloon are a chilled out alternative Americana tinged eclectic group of talented musicians who deliver an earful of melody and acoustic sounds, with a pinch of psychedelia throughout… 

For more info and tickets sourgraperecords.co.uk/gigs/

Saturday 5Th Madchester presents Oktoberfest

11 Bands, 7000 people and one Gigantic Party…. An event to celebrate the music that changed a generation created by the pioneers of the era that is historically know as Madchester. Bringing you the biggest celebration of Manchester and Manchester inspired music with the best Tribute Bands in the UK followed by DJ sets from Manchester legends, Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets) Dermo (Northside) and Daz (808 state) plus a full outdoor fairground, food court and speciality bars.

It’s officially going off party people…

More more info and tickets www.madchester.com/madchester/

October 12th  Neighbourhood Festival 

Manchester’s biggest multi-venue festival, Neighbourhood is back on Saturday 12th October! This year’s line-up boasts over 100 artists, with bands from all around the world set to perform across Manchester’s best and most iconic music venues. Headed up by glam-rocker Miles Kane, who receives support from lounge rock superstars, Easy Life, the dystopian hurricane that is The Blinders and hotly tipped songwriter Ten Tonnes, Neighbourhood once again is the best place to see your beloved bands, whilst discovering a new favourite. Some of the most exciting names in music also top the bill including VANT, Good Cop Bad Cop, Giant Rooks, The Big Moon, HMLTD, The Pale White, The Academic and Sports Team as well as some huge upcoming artists; Sophie & the Giants, Lady Bird, Inhaler, Lauran Hibberd and many more! This year’s line-up is once again packed with local talent, with Manchester’s songstress Phoebe Green fresh off her support dates with last year’s headliners Sundara Karma, The Illicits and punk rockers PINS preparing to tear the house down.

For more info and tickets www.neighbourhoodfestival.com/

Saturday 12th  Cassette Store Day 2019. 

There was a certain romance back in the days when we used to play cassette tapes instead of digital music. We used to build up our tape libraries cassette by cassette and listen to all tracks in every album just because they are part of the whole tape. CSD was created in 2013 by a group of UK-based record labels and BBC Radio 1 DJ Jen Long to establish a day dedicated to the cassette tape. This years events include exclusive releases Sour Grapes records as well as a rock and roll surf night at Big Hands featuring The Be Positives.  

For more info and tickets www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Big-Hands/

13th – 19th October Macbeth Royal Exchange Theatre

The war is over, the victory complete. But for Macbeth, the triumphant forces’ most fearsome warrior, the battle for the throne is only just beginning  and she’ll stop at nothing to take the crown.

Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy is also his most chilling thriller, an action-packed, edge-of-the-seat psychological fable that crackles with life and the constant threat of death. Following their collaboration on GROUNDED, Lucy Ellinson takes the title role in director Christopher Haydon’s highly-charged production, which explores what happens, when in a split-second you decide to act upon your deepest, darkest ambition.

For more info and tickets www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/macbeth

Friday 18th The Kar-pets

For the ultimate sing along night, The Kar-Pets play Night People which features Tom Hingley The original Inspiral Carpets Glory Days Frontman will be taking you back to the heady days of Madchester & beyond by performing a 90 minute set of Inspirals classics.  These guys are seriously one of the the best live acts out there at the moment having spent the past couple of years touring all over the country and playing brilliantly received festival sets. Support on the night comes from Manchester Alt/Synth/Electro Legends Bauer / Post Punk/Indie from Gdansk81 plus a set of spoken word by Leon the pig farmer.

For more info and tickets


Saturday 19th   RGM Live In Manchester Minds Idle, The Cottons, Spangled & Sweetness

RGM take over Gullivers for a Manchester v Sheffield showcase

The best bands from Manchester and Sheffield go head to head to put on the best show!

Tickets – https://rmgmagazineuk.wpengine.com/product/rgm-live-in-manchester-minds-idle-the-cottons-spangled-sweetness-gullivers-manchester-19-10-2019/

18th – 20th For The Love Of Horror 

The prefect fright fest warm up before Halloween weekend, For The Love Of Horror is a fantastic event that crosses a scare attraction with a horror fan convention.Featuring some of the most iconic horror films and franchises of all time including a Lost Boys reunion and other horror guests from SAW, Friday the 13th, House of 1000 Corpses and IT. As well as full-scale movie prop and set recreations, Stranger Things Alphabet Wall & Couch, Gremlins Kitchen Set with Gremlins – E.T Forest Set with E.T, The Lost Boys fairground, The Lost Boys Santa Carla Sign, House of 1000 Corpses Museum of M&M, Childs Play set Build with Chucky, SAW Bathroom and Billy the Puppet, The Possessed Posse photo op, Halloween Oct 31st set photo op, Twiight Ghost hunt workshops, Scream Seekers Scare Shack, For the love of Horror Live, Phantom Chase Ghost Train and a Friday night ghost hunt. As well as a Monsters Ball Saturday night after party. 

For more info and tickets https://www.fortheloveofhorroruk.com/

Saturday 26th Deco Records All Dayer

Deco Records are back with their 10 band line-ups at Retro. Headlining the night is Tinfoils the frantic brand of ‘no frills’, DIY guitar-driven music rages against the private security companies who police the streets of Britain, the royalist media machine, and youth debt – as well as having the odd song about thrush. Joining them on the impressive line up is psychedelic post-punk sound monsters, Gravves the punk three-piece hailing from North Wales, plus Swine, HÜDS, The Birthmarks, The Red Stains and many more. Kicking off at 3 and a quality line up from start to finish.

For more info and tickets www.facebook.com/events/2373068179424545/

26th – 29th  October at various venues

Mark the arrival of Halloween with a weekend of terrifyingly good events. Featuring: a giant rooftop monster invasion, St Anns’s Square being turned in a poisonous Maze,  an unmissable, bone-jangling roaming performance from Walk the Plank – the creative minds behind the city’s Manchester Day parade. As well as a Grimm Rita’s Creepy Carnival taking spectral twists and turns along New Cathedral Street. Also Zero Club will be commemorating 25 years of the cult movie, The Crow on the 25th October at The Night & Day Cafe.

For more info www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/halloween-in-the-city

Friday 27th Husk

Ending the month in style is the Husk single launch at the Eagle Inn. Dubbed as ‘the outsider popstar we’ve all been waiting for’ and ‘pretty darn good’ by BBC 6Music, Husk is the lovechild of 80’s synth nostalgia and fresh leftfield pop. Support comes from Valentich the genre bending, gender queer electronica & synthpop from Manchester. As well as Astrofaun described as part mythical creature, part rave droid. Dancing through the mechanised dystopia and wilding paradise of an ancient future. For more info and tickets www.analoguetrash.com/event/husk/

25th -26th Halloween Fab Cafe & Satans Hallow Holloween Weekender

If your idea of the perfect Halloween is cocktails with kitsch music and quirky cosplay then head to Fab Cafe where the TV and film themed bar is notorious filled with every fancy dress character imaginable. Every year it sells out so get down early. Or if you like a little less quirk and a bit more devil worshiping rock then hidden away near Manchester’s Chinatown and filled with freakish comic book meets S&M complete with a model of Lucifer himself sprawled over one wall, Satan’s has been blasting rock, metal and punk since 2000 and celebrating their yearly Halloween ball in style.