What’s On in Manchester: 6 September – 11 September

By Amy Senior, Entertainment Correspondent

The school term has started and universities will soon be opening their doors to the last of the lucky freshers who don’t need to take out a mortgage for their fees, but why must the fun stop there?

Take a look at what the city’s music scene has to offer this week from Sound of Music to Punk Rock, Manchester has it all.


Sound of Music: Palace Theatre, Sept 6th – 17th,  7:30 onwards. Tickets: £13.50 – £43.50

Connie Fisher might have been forced to say so long to the show but Emmerdale’s Verity Rushworth has stepped in as the new family governess Maria.   Jason Donovan leads the fresh-faced family as Captain Von Trapp and together they go on singing to their admiring audiences.  So far the show as a whole has been received extremely well in both Norwich and Wales.  One for the family and the many Sound of Music fans out there.


Jolie Holland : Ruby Lounge, Sept 6th 7:30pm – 11pm.  Tickets – £11

Jolie Holland combines elements of folk, traditional country, jazz, and blues. She is one of the founding members of The Be Good Tanyas.  Her new album, ‘The Living Dead’ is described as a work between worlds, of moving on and finding something new, of missed chances, and promises on distant horizons.


Swingin Utters, The Exposed and Moral Dilemma:  Night & Day Café, Sept 7th  – doors 8pm.  Free entry

All three bands are voyagers on the Punk wagon which the Swingin Utters themselves say has become as popular like being good looking or bi-polar these days.  These Californian rockers have been going since the 80s and at one point even enlisted the help of lead singer of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Spike Slawson.  All three bands have a good catalogue of songs to rock out to The Moral Dilemmas’ ‘The Bastard Sons’ is one to listen out for evoking some guttural base riffs which you might associate with the Deep South.


King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: The Deaf Institute, Sept 8th 8 – 11pm. Tickets: £12:50

Kenny Anderson (King Creosote) the folk acoustic artist from Fife has written over forty albums and recognised and appreciated enough for acclamation from the BBC, The Guardian and pint-glass intellectuals alike.  His music is tender and moving and completely lacking the bombast of artists his new collaborator, Jon Hopkins, has previously teamed up with.  Hopkins is commercially known for applying sound effects and classical tones to both Coldplay and Brian Eno songs.  However, despite their different paths previously, their musical niches have blended perfectly to produce an album of content in ‘Diamond Mine’.


 It’s Miller Time Presents: Kid British: Night & Day Café, Sept 8th 7pm – late.  Free

Definitely a must-not-miss especially as it’s free!  Kid British have had a rough ride when it comes to chart success, their best entry being at 63.  These boys from Manchester certainly deserve some more air time though and some support from fellow Mancunians wouldn’t go a miss.  Their sound is a hybrid of Ska, Indie Rock and Hip-Hop.  Listening to their new version of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, which let’s face it who hasn’t done a version, you quickly realise what can’t they do as the soulful track keeps its integrity when put to a ska beat with the great raw tones of lead singer James Mayer taking on the songstress’ moving lyrics.


Big Deal: Deaf Institute, Sept 10th 7:30 – 10:30pm. Tickets: £6

Having wowed audiences during the NME radar tour earlier this year and most recently at the Wireless festival in London, Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe’s sweet and seductive sound is all the more magical live. With their mesmeric chemistry and hard-hitting restraint being brought to the fore, audiences leave with the sense that they have been privy to a secret exchange; a big deal indeed!


Dolly Parton: M.E.N Arena, Sept 11th 8pm onwards.  Tickets £50 – 67.50

It’s not too late to see the petite Miss Parton in action and without being too macabre there’s only a limited window of time left to be able to say you saw the most famous Country and Western singer in the world.  The feisty star can still ignite a full arena with classics like ‘Jolene’and ‘9 to 5’ and equally move fans and new spectators with ‘Little Sparrow’ and ‘Coat of Many Colors’.



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