Possibly the start of a new feature, to give you some kind of guide about what you could be doing over the next few days. If you’ve got anything going on in the city that you think may be eligible, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll try update.
THURSDAY 13TH MAY
DEAF INSTITUTE – £7 ADV.
SIC ALPS/IRMA VEP/WAITERS/DINNER PARTY
Comfortable on a Tightrope take control of Deaf Institute’s music hall, putting on one of the best noise pop acts about and providing 3 supreme support acts as well. The recently featured Dinner Party open events with their heartfelt racket, with waiters and Irma Vep making sure you’re fully warmed up before the famously energetic Sic Alps take to the stage.
THE BAY HORSE (NORTHERN QUARTER) – VOLUNTARY DONATION
WE CAME OUT LIKE TIGERS/TROJAN HORSE/CHARLIE BARNES/EDWYN BUTLER/THE DRAWING GROUP
After a successful outing in April, Babyboom records are taking some more time out from their busy schedule to put on another incredible evening of entertainment. The headline slot comes from We came out like Tigers, who sound like the natural successors to Nosferatu D2 and have been garnering a lot of blog interest, whilst the evening looks to be rounded thanks to the inclusion of the team behind Free For Arts festival, culminating on The Drawing Group providing live art and literally giving the background for the performances. A wonderfully eclectic line-up mixing copious amounts of concentrated energy provided by Trojan Horse with the peculiar genius of Charlie Barnes and Edwyn Butler, all for whatever you can afford to pay.
FRIDAY 14th MAY
HAPPINESS CAFÉ – £3
CATS IN PARIS/BOY OR BISON
Originally featuring the hugely impressive Mammal Club as well who have since had to pull out, you’re unlikely to find two more impressive bands around and still get change from a fiver. Playing in the unusual surroundings of the Happiness Café, which is actually inside the bridge on Oxford Road (near the Pheonix pub). Run under the Brookyn Brooklyn banner, there’s a ridiculously good playlist wrapped around the performances. Cats in Paris always put on a good show with their sugarry sweet, tip-toes pop music, whilst Boy or Bison’s wonderfully ramshackle set up never fails to impress.
KRO2 (OXFORD ROAD) – FREE
THE BOY/RUN TOTO RUN/JAYNE COMPTON/CARO SNATCH
With Run Toto Run techincally headlining the event with a live performance between 7.00 – 7.30, you’d better get down early if you want to see the night in it’s entirity. The Boy rounds off the evening with a DJ set, but it’s the RTR that most grabs the eye, as their twinkly, elctro-folk sound has quickly developed into something darker and deeper. Hotly tipped and with very good reason.