It’s back again…….The RGM guide to things to do in and around Manchester in August
August 3rd Eagle Inn. Bikini Death Race, DEF NEON & The Luddite Collective
Electronic Punk band Bikini Death Race visit Eagle Inn as part of their UK tour. Described as a Dadaist slant with a pinch of deliberate absurdity. Bikini Death Race are panda on bass, a cat singing and a curious fella in a crash helmet accompanying them at the machines. Support comes from DEF NEON, a mesmerising blend of indie-rock, electro, synthpop and bass music and The Luddite Collective, part sermon, part rave – a finely tuned balance of party and purpose.
Indie Rocks! was established in 2009 as a standalone radio show, but on 1st January 2019 they launched as a full time online radio station, to celebrate this they are hosting a night of music featured on the station including Plain Sails, Narcissus, Pax Romana, Kyris, Heavy Salad, Kev M, Partisan and Celestial. They also heavily promote mental health awareness on the station and the launch party will be raising funds for Andy’s Man Club who hold groups around the country every Monday night at 7pm for men with mental health issues to turn up and to talk about their problems, listen to others and offer/receive advice.
August 17th Eagle Inn. Room 1985, Perfectparachutepicture, Crying Beauty Queens
Mancunian rockers 1985 Room are driving mix of post-rock electronica with a stunning psychedelic atmosphere. Support comes from one of BBC Music Introducing’s ‘Artists of 2018’ – anthemic, high energy noise rock from the steel city Perfectparachutepicture and hotly-tipped folk influenced alt rock duo Crying Beauty Queens
August 16th Manchester Art Gallery. Art Battle Manchester XV – ‘Peterloo Edition’
On exactly the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacr, ten artists go head to head surrounded by some of the greatest art masters in Manchester Art Gallery. Since it started in 2013, Art Battle Manchester has delivered 15 sold-out events across the city. The Peterloo Edition will feature ten new artists taking centre stage including painters, illustrators, tattooists and street artists going head-to- head to create a masterpiece in 30 minutes and the audience decide who is crowned Champion. The event will be part of the Peterloo 2019 Festival marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre. Manchester Histories are leading Peterloo 2019, a programme of activity that will mark the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre with public events, learning opportunities and creative exploration.
For more info and the full programme of events www.peterloo1819.co.uk
August 16th & 17th Saddleworth Cricket Club. Cotton Clouds Festival
If you fancy a day of music out of the city Cotton Clouds is just 30 minutes by car or a short train ride from Piccadilly to Greenfield station. The line-up this year includes Ash and consistent crowd pleaser Peter Hook and the Light taking the helm of the Friday night, alongside the maverick country blues and electro hybrids Alabama 3 and hotly tipped new comers Saytr Play.
The Saturday, which features a full day of music, decent festivals and brightly coloured arty entertainments, has the legendary Wailers closing the festival. Formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & the Wailers, following the death of Bob Marley the band, perform a tight set of reggae hits which will bring the feel-good vibes needed to end any night on artisanal cider on a high. Also featured is indie festival favourites Reverend & The Makers and the must-see mischievous experience of “Confessin, blessin, and undressin” that is Oh My God! It’s A Church.
August 17th Bowlers Exhibition Centre. Great Northern Ska festival
The GNSKA Festival 2018, is back for the fourth year. The biggest bands in the scene both national and international come together for the festival where like minded ska fans come together to celebrate their love of ska music. Line up includes, Neville Staple Band, The Dualers, The Skatuesques, Esperanza, The Communicators, Jeramiah Ferrari and the legendary SKA Father
23 – 26 August 23rd to 26th Manchester Pride Festival made up of Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Party, Manchester Pride Parade and Youth Pride MCR will come alive across various venues. Grammy and Brit Award winner and honorary Mancunian Ariana Grande will return to the city to headline the LGBT+ charity’s new event Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield this August Bank Holiday Weekend.The singer will join a stellar line up including British synth-pop band Years and Years and 80’s duo Bananarama. Plus Chelcee Grimes, Becky Hill, Liberty X, Louisa, Youngr, Pixie Lott, Four of Diamonds and transgender German singer songwriter Kim Petras will perform over the weekend.
August 30th Gorilla and the O2 Ritz. Manchester Psyche Fest
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett will headline this year’s Manchester Psych Festival. They will be joined by psych-rock outfit Temples, post-punk four-piece Goat Girl and lo-fi local duo The Lovely Eggs on this year’s bill. Aiming to engage more women in psychedelic music and art, the festival has made a conscious effort to book more female and female-led acts this year, including Yama Warashi, Echo Ladies, Cosmic Strip, Solis, URF and The Bleaches. Also confirmed for the all-day event are fuzzy psych rock outfit The Cult of Dom Keller, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sam Evian, hotly-tipped trio Working Men’s Club, Anglo-Nordic post-rock duo Belle Sonder, along with a DJ line up including PINS, Astral Elevator and The Beat Chics.