Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Music Picks

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Music Picks

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BEER 'N' BLUES WEEKEND: Kick back with a pint (courtesy of the region's finest breweries) and sample some top-notch music at Band On The Wall's annual beer and blues blowout. The fun begins tonight with a performance from Jo Harman and Company, followed by a matinee set tomorrow from Kyla Brox and an evening show from Lancashire blues starlet Chantel McGregor. Tonight 7.30pm/T Tomorrow 1pm & 7.30pm. Band On Wall, Swan Street (bandonthewall.org/0161 834 1786). Pounds 11 tonight/Pounds 5 tomorrow afternoon/Pounds 12 tomorrow evening/Pounds 14 tomorrow all-day pass/Pounds 22 full weekend pass. JAMES: This is the homecoming show they've been waiting to play since releasing their new album, La Petite Mort, and James round off the new two-day SUMMERIn The City festival with a headline spot at Castlefield Bowl's outdoor amphitheatre - playing on a temporary stage that straddles the canal. They sound refreshed and on fire, so it's remarkable to consider that James are now more than 30 years long in the tooth with 11 full length albums to pick and choose tracks from. They're supported tonight by special guests Starsailor, who make their live return after a five years break - making them one of the most hotly anticipated support bands of the weekend. Castlefield Bowl, Liverpool Road (gigsandtours.com/TOUR/SUMMER-IN- THE-CITY) , gates from 5pm. Pounds 35.

BADLY DRAWN BOY: The great Steve Lloyd is remembered at this special charity concert in aid of the Christie Hospital. Tomorrow 7pm. T The Roadhouse, Newton Street (theroadhouselive.co.uk/0161 237 9789). Pounds 15. See preview, page 3. THE SUGARHILL GANG: Feel- good vibes from the New Jersey hip-hop outfit best known for their 1979 hit, Rapper's Delight, the first ever rap single to become a Top 40 hit. Thursday 7.30pm. Gorilla, Whitworth Street West (thisisgorilla.com/0161 407 0301). …

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