Our pick of the best gigs in Manchester this month: January 2018


January’s a funny old month for gigging. Between the post-party-season exhaustion, and the overwhelming number of New-Year-New-Me hopefuls trying to kick their partying habits cold turkey, it’s not always the best time for promoters to be going out on a limb and booking shows.

Unsurprisingly then, the pickings for this month are somewhat slimmer than usual. Still, we’ve dutifully sifted through the January listings to bring you our selection of must-sees for those who isn’t hibernating. From grime to soul, indie, rock and folk, we’ve found a little something for everyone.

Sangy, KSR & Oneda at Band On The Wall

For a night jam-packed with upcoming, local talent, head over to Band On The Wall this Thursday to check out emcees Sangy and Oneda alongside D’Angelo influenced R&B singer KSR. Originally from Birmingham, Manchester-based Sangy emerged from the grime scene but has since made his stamp within UK hip-hop. With last month seeing his visuals for new single DEATH premiering on Earmilk, 2018 already looks set to be a good year for the multi-talented rapper. Entry is free, but you do need to sign up to reserve your ticket. 11th January

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Coasst EP Launch + Special Guests at Jimmy’s

If you’re into King Krule, then you’ll love Coasst. Fans of indie and rock should already be well acquainted with NQ venue Jimmy’s. Giving Pedros a run for its money with healthy helpings of both quirk and quality party jams, the venue has earnt itself a reputation for booking some solid local talent over the past year. This sees dream pop artist Coasst, aka Shea Hickling, launch his new 2018 cut alongside some special guests. 13th January

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Asian Dub Foundation – ‘La Haine’ Live Soundtrack at Band on the Wall

Asian Dub Foundation celebrate cult French film La Haine with an exclusive live soundtrack set at Band On the Wall this January. Putting together an incredible live show that will see the band perform their own reinterpretation of the original soundtrack whilst the film plays in the background, get ready for a powerful journey to be told between music and frames. 20th January

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Dead! at Star and Garter

Straddling a number of genres including grunge, punk and indie, Southampton foursome Dead! have previously been described as “everything that’s wrong with art”. A self-proclaimed “selfish” band, the group are known for mixing up genres in their songs and their sets and, ultimately, are focused on playing for themselves. Having signed to Infectious Records back in 2016, a major label subsidiary whose roster includes indie success stories White Lies, Alt-J and Bloc Party, they’re definitely worth a look-in if you’re after something a little different. 29th January

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The Oh Hellos and Carousel at Band on the Wall

With influences ranging Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens to the Middle East and the Muppets, The Oh Hellos bend and blend various styles and genres together to create their own eclectic folk rock sound. Joined on stage by an epic, rotating ensemble of pickers and players that can number as many as 13 at any given time, the Texan siblings have earnt themselves a reputation as a very special live act. Support on the night comes from Carousel. 30th January

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Isaac Gracie at Deaf Institute

Rising to fame in 2015, indie rock crooner Isaac Gracie quickly floored fans with a heart-wrenching combination of stunning vocals and intimate lyrical content. Over the past few years he’s expanded his palette: moving away from those early, hushed acoustics towards bigger and bolder sounds. Catch him as he performs a mixture of old and new hits at the Deaf Institute this January 31st.

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