Vida / Jimmy’s, Manchester | 5th of May

Brought to you by This Feeling, Scottish five-piece Vida took to the stage at Manchester’s own indie music hub, Jimmy’s on Saturday 5 May. Branded by rock and roll icon Noel Gallagher himself, This Feeling is set to be “The best club in the UK for future rock n roll stars”, making it unsurprising that up along with support acts Anhedonia and Wulfman Fury, Vida brought to the stage an energetic fresh take on Britpop.

Trampolene / The Night and Day Café, Manchester | 26th of April

The Night and Day Café once again proved why it is the most underrated music venue in Manchester. On Thursday evening the Night and Day Café hosted Welsh rockers Trampolene, plus support from King Kartel, Sophie and the Giants and Himalayas.

Hinds / The Gorilla, Manchester | 17th of April

On April 17th I was lucky enough to see Spanish indie rockers Hinds at the Manchester Gorilla. Currently embarking on their I Don’t Run World Tour, Hinds came to Manchester looking to fulfil the high expectations set by the sold-out audience.

Goat Girl / The Deaf Institute, Manchester | 31st of March

On March 31st The Deaf Institute in Manchester welcomed South-London garage-rockers Goat Girl to the stage with support from Suitman Jungle. The Rough Trade-signed quartet formed in 2016 and have their 19 track self-titled debut album out next week.

Milk Teeth / The Deaf Institute, Manchester | 19th of March

British pop-punk outfit Milk Teeth brought their Go Away tour to an impassioned crowd at The Deaf Institute for a Monday night of sweat and angst. They’ve gathered an unhesitant momentum since joining Roadrunner Records, releasing Eps Be Nice and Go Away which have clearly gone down well, the room rendered enamoured with Becky Blomfield’s every breath and twitch.

Vels Trio / Night & Day Café, Manchester | 15th of March

Before Vels Trio began their set the venue had filled out, and it was this kind of muted anticipation that first got me thinking about the importance of these cultural experiences. It was these sorts of sentiments that ran through my mind as Vels Trio held onto transcendent grooves for what felt like lifetimes.

No Sunlight / The Bread Shed, Manchester | 17th of February

Manchester’s own No Sunlight play one of the cities underrated venues in celebration, on the day they release new EP You Can’t Take a Picture of This, it’s Already Gone. Support slots fall to Ingenue and Building Giants, who both tried their best to warm up the relatively passive crowd.

The Night and Day Café Showcase / Manchester | 8th of February

On 8th February I went to The Night and Day Showcase featuring Valetta, Transatlantic Scum, Astoria Four and Raised By Foxes.

Carla J. Easton / The Castle Hotel, Manchester | 31st of January

The small stage at Castle Hotel had every inch filled by the seven band mates that Carla J. Easton is made up of, as the eclectic bunch squeezed around their instruments, which were spilling off the stage.

The Deslondes / Gullivers, Manchester | 19th of January

The upstairs of Gullivers is a long way from New Orleans, but on January 19th The Deslondes make this warm and welcoming sweatbox feel like it’s part of the cities rich musical history.