Monday 5th September
Knitting In The Snug at the Kings Arms
Knitting/sewing/stitching may sit in that uncomfortable middle ground between kitsch and cool, but we’ve typically found that people who try it really, really enjoy it. So why not give it a go in the comfort of the Kings Arms, one of the shining lights of Salford’s pub scene.
Tuesday 6th September
Beirut at Manchester Academy 1
That Zach Condon has made himself huge off the back of music that combines Balkan folk with just a hint of Western pop would be surprising were it not for the fact that he’s a remarkably talented individual. We saw him play Club Academy way back when, but he’s long since outgrown that venue, and is more than capable of captivating the cavernous Academy 1.
Wednesday 7th September to Sunday 11th September
Edward II at the Royal Exchange Theatre
The work of Christopher Marlowe was enough of an influence on William Shakespeare that, since the 17th century, certain “scholars” have argued that Marlowe was the true author of Shakespeare’s works. Such ludicrous frivolities tend to overshadow the fact that Marlowe was a fine author in his own right, responsible for some truly fantastic plays, of which Edward II is one of the best. Telling the story of the titular king’s reign, this is not one to be missed.
Wednesday 7th September
Arty Farty Film Party: Dr. Strangelove at An Outlet
One of the funniest films you could ever hope to see, thanks to humanity’s infinite capacity for waging war Dr. Strangelove remains as relevant as ever. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat: this is laugh a minute cinema at its finest.
The Rapture at Club Academy
Much loved for a brief window back in 2003, on record The Rapture never set our world alight, but the band are a different beast live, with audiences tending to lose themselves in “House of Jealous Lovers” and the like. Back with new album In The Grace Of Your Love, here’s hoping they’ve lost none of their onstage edge: Club Academy should prove to be the perfect venue for them.
Thursday 8th September
Elliott Eastwick’s World Famous Pub Quiz at the Black Dog Ballroom
Pub quizzes may be ten a penny, but it’s always worth escaping from the comfort zone of your regular establishment and discovering what questions unfamiliar quizmasters have to throw at you. The Black Dog Ballroom run their music- and film-based quiz every Thursday, and Elliott Eastwick has a reputation as a particularly charismatic host. And who doesn’t enjoy the glory of taking home prizes plucked from the city’s pound shops?
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins at the Deaf Institute
One of the most enchanting albums released all year, Diamond Mine combines the songs of the legendary King Creosote with the field recordings and ambient soundscapes of Jon Hopkins. On record, the effect is absolutely beautiful; it’ll be interesting to see how well it translates to the live arena. Support comes from the wonderful Francois & The Atlas Mountains.
Friday 9th September to Saturday 10th September
Heresy N Heelz at Sound Control
Burlesque seems to be growing in popularity in Manchester – with several active troupes and a handful of locations offering classes – which means that the timing of this two-day event couldn’t be better. Heresy N Heelz, one of the UK’s premier purveyors and promoters of the artform, will be hosting an evening of burlesque and twisted cabaret on the Friday night, featuring live performances and the like; on the Saturday, more than 20 traders will be selling their wares, with clothing and accessories covering everything from vintage and fetish. Not to be missed!
Sunday 11th September
Taxi Driver at the Cornerhouse
Whilst a matinee showing of Taxi Driver might not be the best start to a day for those nursing a hangover, for everyone else it represents a rare opportunity to see one of the greatest films of all time on the big screen. Robert De Niro provides a tour de force as Travis Bickle, the disaffected cabbie who has failed to readjust to everyday life after returning from Vietnam.