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The Manchester Breakthrough Gig Guide from Puffer Fish Press

A live guide celebrating all things new in the world of music from breakthrough act and shining a guiding light in Manchester’s independent venues.

By Joesy lowesy & Laura Beth @ PufferFish Press 

Jessie Marlin Night & Day Café March 5th 

Already a veteran of the NYC hardcore scene by the time he was a teenager, Jesse Malin first rose to fame with the influential punk band D Generation, a group Rolling Stone called ‘the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties’. Malin traded in his electric for an acoustic in 2002, though, shedding his skin and embarking on an acclaimed solo career with his Ryan Adams-produced debut, The Fine Art of Self Destruction. Hailed by Uncut as ‘an instant classic’, the record was stripped-down, raw, and intimate, earning comparisons to Neil Young and Tom Waits for its ragged, poetic beauty. This will be a memorable gig in such an intimate venue.

Sheafs, Make Friends & Maitlands Gullivers March 6th 

SHEAFS hail from the seven hills of Sheffield and have become one of the country’s most fiercely talked about new acts. Epitomising the most galvanic aspects of the punk rock revival, the band’s contagious energy has turned heads in venues across the UK and Europe.

Deco Presents – DearDeafDeaf, Swine, Jungle Boys & other friends Peerhat March 6th

Purveyors of the punkiest and dirtiest riff ridden nights around Deco Records are bringing the noise to the Peerhat with DeafDeafDeaf, the band formerly known as Saults with their unrefined & chaotic mash melody and rage. Joining them is Swine, punk noise mixed with a mesh of different genres to create their own sound. Anyone who has seen this band before, will tell you they have a great live show with an energetic stage presence. Plus new comeers to the scene Jungle Boys.Unforgettable and unmissable, exploding into Manchester’s young punk scene in late 2019, Jungle Boys are unashamedly demanding a reputation as the city’s most startling and exciting new band. All that and more on a Saturday for a fiver!

The Futureheads, Saytr Play, Jack Found Un-Convention Niamos March 6th

Appearing as part of Un-Convention 2020 The Futureheads, Saytr Play, Jack Found and more will be heading to the Niamos theatre in Hulme. This promises to be a memorable night of brilliant music in an iconic Manchester venue. Un-Convention is a Manchester-based global music network and development agency. Over the past ten years, we’ve produced over one hundred music conferences and showcases for the makers and champions of independent music. 

The 2020 Classic Manchester Night Ratcliff Bars March 14th

In the safe and friendly surroundings of the Ratcliffe Bars at the Crown Oil Arena Rochdale, Rochdale you can dance yourself silly on hours of classic Manchester tracks. Revolution DJ’s Clint Boon and Dave Sweetmore will be on the decks. Alongside Manchesters favourite musical son Danny Mahon playing live

Coma Rossi with special guest Deadwing Night People March 16th

India isn’t the first place you would associate with rock music but Bangalorian’s Coma Rossi are leading the way with their precise, detailed songs that swoop and soar which are both catchy and highly listenable with musicianship that matches and now they are bringing these songs to life here in the UK. Pop along and experience the majesty of Coma Rossi’s music at their first ever show in Europe at Night People.

Blanketman YES Basement March 13th 

Blanketman headline YES Basement following the release of their brand new single in February/March 2020. Join them for their biggest headline to date with Support from The Lounge Society

Plain White T’s Night People March 18th

Yep, that’s the American band that had that massive one-hit wonder song “Hey there Delilah”. They also got two Grammy nominations so clearly have a few more decent tracks.

Grendel with support from St Lucifer Night People March 20th

GRENDEL + special guest: VENTENNER , St Lucifer & Kuro

For this out like their music to be dark Grendel is a Dutch electro-industrial group formed in 2000 by JD Tucker, Grendel was quickly picked up by the legendary German label NoiTekk (a subdivision of Black Rain Records) and now have 5 positions in prominent underground charts under their black belts, including Deutsch Alternative Charts and number 1 for several months in the Dutch Underground Charts. Support comes from the high-octane spiky-guitar ultra-catchy hooks of St Lucifer

Deco Presents – Deco presents Peeping Drexels, Bleach Boy, Chupa Cabra + THREADS castle Hotel March 21st

Deco are at it again! It’s like they have nothing better to do than ot put on gigs……Marking the first day of Spring with a bang we have the explosive Peeping Drexels up from London. From tales of drunk driving to songs exploring the ignorance of modern Britain, Peeping Drexels’ music is the reflection of an angry working class, abandoned by their government in a post-Brexit, post-progressive world. Joining them are Deco regulars Chupa Cabra along with a triumphant return from old favourites THREADS with a line-up update in the shape of Paul Hanley joining them on drums.

This will sell out so get advanced tickets

Hands Off Gretel Deaf Institute March 27th

Hands Off Gretel are a sassy alt rock/grunge pop band from South Yorkshire, who have built themselves a solid live reputation, for a high energy shows that are musically dynamic and visually compelling. Hands Off Gretel have created the perfect soundtrack of sugar-coated grunge-punk to vent and rail against the issues of body image, mental health, celebrity, childhood and loneliness all of which were addressed from a fiercely female, unapologetic, feminist perspective. https://www.thedeafinstitute.co.uk/event/hands-off-gretel/

Narrow Margin with support from: Urban Theory, Sterling & Adam & Joe (XS Manchester) DJ Set Breadshed Manchester March 27th 

Narrow Margin are one of the freshest young acts on the vibrant Manchester music scene – but don’t expect typical “Madchester” sounds.  They turned heads in 2019 with their raw, energetic and entertaining live shows, including a support slot to the K’s at Academy 2 and a sold-out headline at the Deaf Institute.  New single Kids Don’t Dance is already a firm favourite and dancefloor filler at their record label’s ‘sister’ nightclub, 42nd Street, AKA “42’s” in Manchester.  

Yellow Brain YES Basement March 28th

Previously known as Afghan Sand Gang the purveyors of an electronic lexicons Grounded Beats and Ethereal, Ascending fog from the moody hills of Mossley and now the new title of Yellow Brain, the electro quartet headline YES with special guests Diving Station & Bitch Coin.

Fab Radio Sunday Social Fab Café March 29th

If you are broke by the end of the month no fear as this is free. Watch bands play a live stripped back set being recorded for the radio. Get down early to get a seat! Featuring DEF NEON, Meme Detroit, San Pedro Collective, The Vandalis & Stepford Wives

Hunter & The Bear Yes Basement March 30th 

Hunter & The Bear, a band described as ‘the heroes British rock needs right now’, released their debut album in 2017 which entered the iTunes Rock Chart at number 5. They then signed with X-ray Touring and undertook two sell-out UK tours, including a headline date at The Garage in London.