Tuesday, January 04, 2011


As December 2010 bucked the trend for a festive month scant of good gigs, so does January 2011 in Manchester. A month that normally takes a good couple of weeks to warm up for live music kicks off tomorrow with this excellent gig presented by Humble Soul, pairing the Welsh psyche-pop of Colorama with the komische country-rock of Walton Hesse. The week then continues with the first Manchester Scenewipe club night at Fuel on Friday and then two nights in the Northern Quarter to choose from: Underachievers Please Try Harder at Gullivers or the Carefully Planned All Dayer at The Castle.

That's an impressive few days of live music by anyone's standard let alone the chilly first week of a new year. As ever a mixtape [49 mins / 56 MB] of bands playing Manchester this month to help inform your gig-going decision-making - link in the post below this one.

Manchester Gigs in Music Mixtape: January 2011

Ghost Outfit I Was Good When I Was Young [2.39] (29 Jan Gullivers BUY TICKETS)
The Walkmen Blue As Your Blood [6.49] (20 Jan Methodist Central Hall BUY TICKETS)
Beat The Radar 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 [10.01] (7 Jan Fuel Cafe Bar BUY TICKETS)
Eagulls Terms and Conditions [14.32] (29 Jan Gullivers BUY TICKETS)
Sleigh Bells Tell ‘Em [17.27] (21 Jan Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Tennis Marathon [20.07] (21 Jan Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Spectrals It’s OK (Not To Be OK) [22.07] (29 Jan The Castle BUY TICKETS)
Patterns Broken Trains [25.47] (7 Jan Fuel Cafe Bar BUY TICKETS)
Twin Shadow Tyrant Destroyed [29.16] (26 Jan Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)
Smoke Fairies Erie Lackawanna [33.41] (26 Jan Ruby Lounge BUY TICKETS)
Colorama Dere Mewn [36.13] (5 Jan The Castle BUY TICKETS)
The Burns Unit Trouble [39.38] (19 Jan Club Academy BUY TICKETS)
Allo Darlin’ If Loneliness Was Art [43.06] (29 Jan Night & Day BUY TICKETS)
Walton Hesse Under The Plough [46.43] (5 Jan The Castle BUY TICKETS)
Justin Townes Earle Harlem River Blues [49.33] (14 Jan Deaf Institute BUY TICKETS)

And not forgetting:
7 Jan Beat The Radar + With That Knife + Patterns Fuel / 8 Jan The ABC Club Gullivers / 8 Jan Carefully Planned All Dayer inc Onions & Ed Cottam The Castle / 13 Jan Franz Nicolay Tiger Lounge / 14 Jan Cheikh Lo Band on the Wall / 15 Jan Sam Carter Band on the Wall / 15 Jan Carefully Planned All Dayer inc Christopher Eatough The Castle / 15 Jan Oval Islington Mill / 17 Jan Empire Signal Deaf Institute / 17 Jan My Jerusalem Night & Day / 19 Jan Metronomy Deaf Institute / 20 Jan Samson & Delilah Sacred Trinity / 21 Jan The Bays Band on the Wall / 25 Jan Bracewar Star & Garter / 25 Jan Ani Difranco The Lowry / 27 Jan The Real McKenzies Night & Day / 28 Jan Goldblade Academy 3 / 28 Jan Get Cape Wear Cape Fly MoHo Live / 28 Jan Cam Deas The Castle / 31 Jan Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards The Castle

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