January blues? Pack it in, mate. Sure, the year might be off to a *little* bit of a slow start in terms of live music, but we’ve still managed to pick out five DO NOT MISS shows for the month of January for those of us up Norf!
Annoyingly, the first two shows are occurring on the same day in different cities, so unless you’ve got a clone who shares your exact same brain-thoughts, you’ll have to choose between the two. Sorry mate.
Kicking off our year of live music, Broken Grey Wires are putting on a celebration of art, music, and poetry all in response to mental health. Taking over Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s Northern Quarter for the evening, there will be artists and poets in attendance, but more importantly, live music from Duds, the finest Manchester collective going today. Fresh off the release of their debut album ‘Of A Nature Or Degree’ last September (through Yankee tastemakers Castle Face Records), they’ll be joined by Sweaty Palms, The Birth Marks and The Yossarians.
The most in demand saxamaphone player since Bleeding Gums Murphy, Miles Spilsbury (Cattle, The Physics House Band, ZoZo, Cameron Vale etc.) is soon to move down to Brighton, so all his pals in Leeds are putting on a party for him. Dead nice. Taking place at CHUNK, the independent, not for profit DIY space, it will have DJs on till late and music from Cattle, ZoZo and Thank (the latter two recently featuring in our Top 50 Of 2K17 list!)
It’s free entry and it’s BYOB, so you’re on a promise there, pal!
A social experiment if ever there was one, Salford’s own Trojan Horse will be playing a reasonably impromptu show at the newly renovated (and super cool) Fairfield Social Club. Having released latest record ‘Fukushima Surfer Boys’ (reviewed here) with no live shows in the calendar, they’ve now been tasked with performing as much of it as their brains can take with a week’s notice! The quartet will spend the week within the venue, rehearsing every waking moment in order to make it to Saturday. Will they do it? There’s only one way to find out!
With a new album on the way in Spring (their first in fourteen years), cult favourite American post-hardcore outfit Hot Snakes are hitting up the Norf, tackling Gorilla head on for the first date of their UK tour! The California natives are rejuvenated following their return from hiatus in 2011, and the mega taste-making label Sub Pop are following suit, with plans to reissue all three of the band’s previous studio albums in line with this new one! Fuckin-A!
Described by Norman Records as a “Harry Potter themed psych band”, West Coast outfit Wand are bringing their mind-melting fuzz over the pond once again. We were pretty much stunned into silence when we caught Wand late 2016 at the Brudenell in Leeds, completely taken in by envelope-pushing psychedelic rockers. Expect to have your arse handed to you on the 26th!