Manchester’s musical past gets plenty of attention but there’s lots going on right now to enjoy, too. So to get you in the mood for Record Store Day 2017, we’ve put together – in no particular order – a selection of 17 Manchester musicians definitely worth listening to.


An all-female genre-jumping 4 piece who believe in the power of disobedient noise and describe themselves as ‘a ferocious feminist disco punk art noise onslaught, with plenty of pith and and a side order of silliness’. Listed in The Guardian’s ’50 rising stars to look out for’, they specialise in provocative pop songs which explore the border between humour and horror, featured at Manchester’s Fat Out Fest and have a debut album We Are Ill due out in August.


A collective of artists and musicians from Manchester formed in 2012 and featuring co-founding member of The Fall, Una Baines. The wide range of instruments used – including multiple guitars and power flute – give gravity to their gothic-tinged, folky feel. They have an impressive back catalogue of tracks, including Honey Moon and Trinity, and have even gigged at Hulme Hippodrome, one of Manchester’s mysterious gems.

3Some Kind of Illness

4Syd. 31

5Sam Craighan 

6Black Helicopters


8Josey Marina

9Tom Welsh

10Factory Acts

11Maddy Storm


13St Lucifer


15Café Misfits

16Rose & The Diamond Hand


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