The Flashmob | Aatma | Wed 15 Jan | 7.30pm | £5

Barber presents a showcase of three young acts this week at Aatma. The Flashmob, based in South Manchester, bring us their alternative rock sound with punk energy and a flavour of noughties bands like Bloc Party. They’re joined by four-piece The Personas, a new emerging band from the Warrington/Northwich area. Also on the bill are alternative indie act The Siders.

1st Floor, 14-16 Faraday Street, Manchester, M1 1BE
Noah Gundersen | Gorilla | Fri 17 Jan | 7pm | £10

America indie folk singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen takes the stage at Gorilla. With a canon of work under his belt, including his music being featured in popular TV shows One Tree Hill and Nashville amongst others – Noah returns with his newest offering 2019’s album Lover. Support will come from Harrison Whitford.

54-56 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 5WW, Tel: 0161 826 2998
Dirty Circus | Night People & the Twisted Wheel Club | Sat 18 Jan | 7.30pm | £7

Headlining Night People are indie-rockers Dirty Circus – one of Wigan’s most notorious and successful bands. After emerging in the late 00’s, they’re no strangers to the music scene and their resumé speaks for itself – including a support slot for local heroes Happy Mondays. The long-awaited album What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Worse was released last year – to a great reception. Expect classic Northern indie at its best.

105 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD, Tel: 0161 236 9266
Common Holly | The Eagle Inn | Sat 18 Jan | 7.30pm | Free

Brigitte Naggar aka Common Holly plays Salford’s Eagle Inn at the weekend. Hailing from Montreal, Canada – Naggar brings us something sombre yet beautiful ‘for people who like sad songs’. Her sophmore album When I Say To You Black Lightning, released last year, is more experimental than her debut as she explores the precarity of life throughout 9 entangling catchy tracks. Manchester-based alt-indie act Lindsay Monroe joins as support. This event is free but booking is advised.

19 Collier St, Salford, M3 7DW, Tel: 0161 819 5002
Stray Scene | Night & Day Cafe | Sat 18 Jan | 7.30pm | £6

Scarborough-based four-piece Stray Scene headline noted Northern Quarter venue Night & Day in a special showcase this week. Known for their electric live performances, the lads bring a retro feel to indie rock n roll and will be playing tunes from their most recent EP Eye For An Eye. They are joined on the bill by Manchester-based acts – Belvoir Hill, Jack Hyphen and John Speke & The New Faces.

26 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN, Tel: 0161 236 1822
Purple Pilgrims | YES (basement) | Sun 19 Jan | 7.30pm | £8

Rounding off the week, Purple Pilgrims take the stage at Yes (basement) in the Manchester date of their UK/European Tour. The experimental dream pop duo – sisters Clementine and Valentine Nixon – combine gorgeous vocals, gleaming synths and hazy guitars to create a distinctive folk yet futuristic sound.

38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Mon 13 Jan - Sun 19 Jan
Cat Allan
Published on:
Fri 10 Jan 2020