Insomnium | Manchester Academy 3 | Mon 20 Jan | 7.30pm | £15

Starting the week off – Melodic death metal group Insomnium headline Academy 3 on the Manchester date of their world tour. The Finnish five-piece, who formed over two decades ago, released their most recent record last year. Their eighth studio album, Heart Like A Grave, paints melancholic tales of the north across 10 tracks. Support comes from UK band Conjurer.

Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR, Tel: 0161 275 2930
The Mowgli's | The Castle Hotel | Tue 21 Jan | 7pm | £12

On their UK tour, The Mowgli’s hit The Castle Hotel in Northern Quarter this week. “A quintessential California band”, they blend indie pop, folk and rock into their tunes. 2020 has already seen the release of their latest single Wasting Time – a pulsating pop track that’s both radio-friendly and definitely dance-able.

66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE, Tel: 0161 237 9485
New Cult Presents.. Porij + Ronald Raygun + Leisure Theory | Soup Kitchen | Thu 23 Jan | 7pm | £6

Get yourself down to Soup Kitchen for a rhythm-packed New Cult showcase presented by Heist or Hit. With a blissful blend of genres – on the bill there’s alt-dance four-piece Porij, psychedelic pop meets laissez-faire funk with Ronald Raygun and Leisure Theory bring us textured electronica. You can also catch sets from Heist or Hit DJs.

31-33 Spear Street, Manchester, M1 1DF, Tel: 0161 236 5100
Modern Age Music - Ones To Watch 2020 | YES | Fri 24 Jan | 7pm | £6

Modern Age Music present their #OnesToWatch this month – as part of four dates showcasing the bands they believe will be making waves in 2020. The second Manchester show takes place on Friday at YES (basement) with four great acts on the bill – Manchester punk trio Aerial Salad, Glasgow-natives SNASH, the fresh yet dark AriA and post punk indie from Saint Ivy!

38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Megan Dixon-Hood | Gullivers | Fri 24 Jan | 7.30pm | £7

Ethereal and enchanting – Cheshire singer/songwriter Megan Dixon-Hood headlines Gullivers in the Northern Quarter this week. As with her latest track – single The Wishing Tree, which was released in November – Megan takes her inspiration from the magical and the natural world around us with hauntingly beautiful vocals and stories from dark, enchanted woods. Support comes from Secluded Sea.

109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW, Tel: 0161 839 4064
The Sunday Club acoustic sessions | Rose & Monkey Hotel | Sun 26 Jan | 5pm | Free

The Sunday Club is in session at the Rose & Monkey! What better way to round off the week than with a (FREE) relaxing evening of acoustic loveliness. Performances this week come from young singer/songwriter Luke Royalty, Britpop/indie rock inspired Ash Palmer, and Dolphin Centre’s Tom Braithwaite.

31 Swan Street, Manchester M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 312 1085
Mon 20 Jan - Sun 26 Jan
Cat Allan
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Fri 17 Jan 2020