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May gigs round-up

What’s on this month at the Academy, O2 Apollo, MEN Arena and more...

Published on April 28th 2011.

May gigs round-up

IT’S May madness as a flurry of new artists play their music for the final time in intimate venues before the festival rush begins next month.

James Blake.jpgThe annual Sounds from the Other City festival is on Sunday 1 May which includes American folk rock artist Willy Mason and Wave Pictures, at Salford University (£18).

Also on Sunday 1 May Problem Child festival takes place at The Ritz, featuring rapidly rising star James Blake (£9). There’s folk at the Ritz on Tuesday 3 May in the shape of Noah and the Whale who have been gathering critical praise for their current album ‘Last Night On Earth’ (£13).

Prog-rock outfit Rush are set to play the MEN Arena on Thursday 19 May (from £45) and Grammy winning R&B artist Sade will play her first UK gig in 17 years on Friday 27 May also at the MEN (from £55).

sade1.jpgGlaswegian band Glasvegas bring their shoegaze epics to Academy 1 (£15), while California’s Deerhoof (£10) with their fizzing electro pop play the intimate Club Academy, both on Tuesday 3 May. First lady of dubstep, Katy B comes to Manchester Academy on Wednesday 4 May but as she’s expected from one of the year’s biggest hits, you will have to be quick to purchase a ticket (£19).

The Mercury nominated Manchester band I Am Kloot bring their northern inflected indie folk pop to The Lowry on Wednesday 4 May (£18.89). The following day sees Manchester’s electronic act Lamb play their eagerly anticipated gig at Manchester Cathedral (£17.50).

Katie Melua.jpgX Factor runner up Olly Murs is at the Apollo on Saturday 7 and Saturday 28 May (£26.50), followed by the soothing tones of Katie Melua on Sunday 8 May (from £32.50). On Wednesday 11 May the Apollo plays host to hip-hop double act Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli) (£30). It’s back to the 60s on Saturday 14 May with The Monkees: 45th Anniversary Tour (from £40).

Tuesday 17 May sees the incredible instrumental act Explosions in the Sky play one of only three UK dates at Academy 1 (£16.34), Libertines and Babyshambles front-man Pete Doherty plays Academy 1 the following day (£18). In a gig not to be missed if you can get your hands on a ticket, Queens of the Stone Age will be playing in Academy 1 on Saturday 21 May (£25).

slimane-doherty.jpgThe Deaf Institute has The Slow Show launching their debut EP on Sunday 8 May (£5). American Electronic act Baths returns to the venue on Friday 8 May (£7). Punk singer songwriter Frank Turner appears at Night and Day on Wednesday 18 May (£16). Liverpool’s indie rockers Clinic play their much anticipated gig at Deaf Institute on Friday 27 May (£10).

Dot To Dot Festival sees out the month on Monday 30 May, featuring Darwin Deez, We Are Scientists, Guillemots and many more acts across a number of Manchester venues (£20).

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Lucy Van RusseltApril 28th 2011.

£32.50 for a Katie Melua ticket!! not that I want one, but still, rather overpriced for someone who sings about bicycles in beijing.

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