CityLife Seven Days – Manchester Evening News

FRIDAY 14 Music / W.H. Lung

Shrouded in hazy enigma, Manchester trio W.H. Lung first emerged in 2016 sounding like the lovechild of Hookworms and Talking Heads. Fast forward three years and the band have delivered on their early promise with a stunning new debut LP, Incidental Music – make sure you invest in a copy, and grab a ticket for tonight’s Band On The Wall gig while you’re at it.

Band On The Wall / bandonthewall.org / 0161 834 1786 / Friday, June 14 / 7.30pm / GBP10 Clubbing / Psychedelic Discotech Put on your dancing shoes and make the trip to leafy south Manchester for this latest edition of Psychedelic Discotech.

Headlining is a real aristocrat of UK dance music, Hillegonda Rietveld, with support from acid techno star Durham Modum. Carlton Club, Whalley Range / carltonclub.org.uk / 0161 881 3042 / Friday, June 14 / 7.30pm / GBP7 Clubbing / Hishek Bishek

If you enjoy clubnights with a more exotic flavour, check out this excellent new session at Band On The Wall. Specialising in the sounds of ‘Middle Eastern electronica’, Hishek Bishek is already is already a big favourite on London’s club scene – it now makes its Manchester debut with DJ SuperMike behind the decks. Band On The Wall / bandonthewall.org / 0161 834 1786 / Friday, June 14 / 11pm / GBP12.50

Literature / Tracy K. Smith A real heavyweight of American literature, Massachusetts-born Tracy K.

Smith is a Pulitzer Prize winner (for her 2011 collection Life On Mars) and she’s the current Poet Laureate of the US. At this special event – organised by the Manchester Literature Festival – she’ll be reading from her new collection, Eternity, and discussing poetry and politics. Central Library / manchester.gov.uk/centrallibrary / 0161 234 1983 / Friday, June 14 / 7pm / GBP8

Visual arts / Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artists Today Asking key questions surrounding inclusion/exclusion in art spaces, this vibrant group exhibition highlights the important and often overlooked contribution of Muslim women to culture and the arts in contemporary Britain. Featuring graphic design, textiles, painting and photography, the show brings together the artworks and stories of Muslim artists Robina Akhter Ullah, Shabana Baig, Fatimah Fagihassan, Aida Foroutan and Usarae Gul.

Whitworth Art Gallery /  whitworth.manchester.ac.uk / 0161 275 7450 / Starts Friday, June 14, runs until Sunday, November 10 / Free Preview – Festival / Horizons Festival 2019 If ever you needed proof of art’s enduring ability to break down barriers, look no further than Horizons Festival at HOME.

Coinciding with International Refugee Week, this annual arts spectacular – a collaboration between HOME and Community Arts North West – proudly flies the flag for unity and inclusivity in these increasingly divisive times. With a jam-packed programme of theatre, film, art, performance and debate, the week-long festival is a loud, passionate celebration of the international arts community, showcasing artists and performers from across the globe who are now living and working in Manchester. An impressive theatre line-up includes Welcome To The UK, a stinging satire about the refugee crisis from PSYCHEdelight/Borderline (Saturday, June 15, pictured), while Tagne Tebu’s Declaration is a musical piece inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Tuesday, June 18).

Elsewhere, the excellent Take Back Theatre (the company co-founded by local treasure Julie Hesmondhalgh) will present Under Canvas, an installation and audio exploration of stories of childbirth in refugee camps (Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21). Music-wise, there’s a superb double-bill from the Manchester International Roots Orchestra and Amani Choir (15 June), while art lovers can immerse themselves in the Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution exhibition, showcasing the huge impact of the artistic Syrian resistance (Saturday, June 15 to Friday, June 21). Going out with a bang, the festival will close with a massive ‘global rave’ in HOME’s Theatre 2 space with music and vibes supplied by Blanchard de Plaizir and Magic Shaman (Friday, June 21). 

HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Saturday, June 15 to Friday, June 21 / Full line-up and ticket info at – homemcr.org/event/horizons-festival-2019 SATURDAY 15 Clubbing / Beeswaxx Presents

Manchester-based label Beeswaxx are celebrating the release of their second EP, Dark Matter Dojo, with this intimate shindig in the YES basement. Performing will be the talented trio behind that release, Inka, Meles Meles and Yogeshi, with support from Chi Prophecy, Maes, DJ Hairline and Lunar Treece. YES / yes-manchester.com / Saturday, June 15 / 11pm to 3am / GBP2

Visual arts / 1819 to 1981 As part of Peterloo 1918 – a massive city-wide programme commemorating the fateful events of 16th August, 1819 –  Central Library is hosting this fascinating one-day pop-up exhibition. Powerful and thought-provoking, the show will use community stories and police memoirs from the 1981 Moss Side riots to give voice to the long-dead Peterloo protestors and Hulme Hussars of 1819.

Central Library / manchester.gov.uk/centrallibrary / 0161 234 1983 / Saturday, June 15, Thursday, July 18 and Tuesday, August 13 / 9am to 5pm / Free

Microdot comes to Hatch Saturday, June 15.

Preview – Festival / Microdot Festival We’re only a month away until the return of the northwest’s most gloriously mind-expanding festival: Bluedot at Jodrell Bank Observatory. A four-day celebration of ‘science, music and cosmic culture’, the award-winning event has become firmly established as one of the region’s most original, awe-inspiring summer festivals.

If you can’t wait until then, however, there’s an early treat in store this weekend – a free Bluedot ‘warm-up festival’ called Microdot. Taking place at Hatch, the independent food, drink and retail space on Oxford Road, Microdot’s impressive line-up of music, activities and family events should provide a most hearty appetiser until next month’s main event comes around. Music acts include Cassetteboy and David Attenborough’s JungleBoogie, a dance party paying tribute to the UK’s most loved biologist, while Manchester favourites such as DJ Paulette and Werkha will supply glorious tunes from behind the decks.

With a strong family focus, the event also includes entertainment from the Space Rebel Princess theatre show, roaming performers and kids activities. Meanwhile, for all you science boffins, there’s the chance to enjoy several ‘DotTalks’ with special guests Tim O’Brien, Tana Joseph (Research Fellow at the Royal Society) and the Level Up Human podcast. And, of course, one of the biggest attractions of Microdot is the host venue itself.

The event will offer the general public their first glimpse of Hatch’s recent transformation, which has seen the Oxford Road space treble in size with a new stage, social spaces and roof terraces. Hatch / hatchmcr.com / 0333 323 2238 / Saturday, June 15 / 12pm to 11pm / Free, more info at – discoverthebluedot.com/microdot SUNDAY 16

Comedy / Father’s Day Comedy Special What better way to treat the old man this Father’s Day than with a glorious evening of stand-up? Tonight’s Comedy Store special features sets from Manc legend Mick Ferry, musical comedy maestro Rob Deering and Radio 4 favourite Tom Wrigglesworth.

The Comedy Store / thecomedystore.co.uk / 0161 839 9595 / Sunday, June 16 / 7.30pm / GBP12 Music / Kris Kristofferson With a career spanning five decades, the legendary Kris Kristofferson has conquered the worlds of both music (with his wonderful country songwriting) and film (starring in films such as Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid and 1976’s A Star Is Born).

Now aged 82, the Texas-born musician doesn’t tour so often these days – all the more reason, surely, to catch him on this rare UK visit. Opera House / atgtickets.com / 0844 871 3018 / Sunday, June 16 / 7pm / GBP45.15 MONDAY 17

Theatre / Admissions White liberal hypocrisy comes under scrutiny in Joshua Harmon’s acclaimed black comedy about a New Hampshire school trying to diversity its student intake. A terrific cast includes Alex Kingston (ER, Doctor Who) and Sarah Hadland (Miranda).

The Lowry / thelowry.com / 0343 208 6000 / Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22 / GBP18 Theatre / Nassim Playing over three nights at HOME, this audacious theatrical experiment will see three different guest stars performing a solo play – with no rehearsal, direction, set or prior access to the script – written by acclaimed Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour.

Among those scheduled to perform are Isaiah Hull (Tuesday), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Wednesday) and Jackie Kay (Thursday). HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Tuesday, June 18 to Thursday, June 20 / GBP16 TUESDAY 18

Theatre / Miss Julie Co-founded by former Royal Exchange associate artistic director Jake Murray, Elysium Theatre Company received glowing reviews for their production of Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train at HOME last year. Their next production, Miss Julie – August Strindberg’s landmark play about an upstairs-downstairs flirtation between an earl’s daughter and a servant – opens at Ancoats’ Hope Mill Theatre next week.

Hope Mill Theatre / hopemilltheatre.co.uk / 0161 275 9141 / Tuesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 22 / GBP14 Comedy / XS Malarkey XS Malarkey’s Edinburgh preview season continues with this terrific co-headline show featuring award-winning Merseysider Jordan Brookes and no-nonsense American storyteller Sara Barron.

The Bread Shed / bread-shed.co.uk / 0161 273 1471 / Tuesday, June 18 / 7pm / GBP5 Music / Metallica The term ‘rock royalty’ gets bandied around a lot these days, but there’s no denying Metallica’s credentials for that accolade.

Renowned for their epic, theatrical live shows, the band’s rapid-fire riffs and brutal melodies should guarantee all sorts of moshpit carnage at the Etihad Stadium tonight. Etihad Stadium / 0161 444 1894 / Tuesday, June 18 / 4pm / GBP50 WEDNESDAY 19

Literature / No Matter presents New Matter #2 Spoken word/poetry night No Matter is back for the second of six events featuring specially commissioned performances. The line-up includes Canadian writer Lisa Robertson, Edinburgh-based poet Harry Josephine Giles and co-founder of the poetry magazine Front Horse, Lila Matsumoto. 

The Castle Hotel / thecastlehotel.info / 0161 237 9485 / Wednesday, June 19 / 7.30pm / Free Film / Yesterday Preview and Danny Boyle Q&A Directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, the hugely-anticipated new comedy film Yesterday is receiving a special preview screening at HOME ahead of its general release later this month.

Make sure you stick around afterwards – as Danny Boyle himself (a patron of HOME, of course) will be taking part in an audience Q&A. HOME / homemcr.org / 0161 200 1500 / Wednesday, June 19 / 8pm / GBP9 THURSDAY 20

Theatre / Jnr JB Shorts A Manchester theatre institution for over a decade, the excellent JB Shorts has now spawned a junior spin-off version. The basic format stays the same (six short plays written and directed by northwest talent), but with a slight twist – the cast is made up of young, up-and-coming Manchester actors.

The King’s Arms, Salford / kingsarmssalford.com / 0161 832 3605 / Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 / 7.30pm / GBP5-GBP8 Theatre / The Hired Man First staged in 1984, Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall’s musical follows the life of a working class family in early 20th century Cumbria.

This latest touring revival – a co-production between Hull Truck Theatre and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – now comes to Oldham Coliseum after receiving rave reviews and three Off West End Theatre Award nominations. Oldham Coliseum / coliseum.org.uk / 0161 624 2829 / Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, July 6 / GBP17-GBP23.50 Theatre / Be More Martyn

The life of Martyn Hett – one of the 22 victims of 2017’s Manchester Arena attack – is remembered with this powerful verbatim play from the Hope Theatre Company. Bring plenty of tissues – this one seriously tugs at your heartstrings. The Lowry / thelowry.com / 0343 208 6000 / Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, June 22 / GBP16.50

Comedy / Angela Barnes A regular on radio and TV panel shows (she holds the most appearances on Mock The Week by a female comedian), the lovely Angela Barnes presents an engaging mix of the topical and personal, always capped off with a terrific punchline. The Lowry / thelowry.com / 0343 208 6000 / Thursday, June 20, 8pm / GBP14

Music / Nick Cave After headlining Manchester Arena in 2017, rock’s ultimate Prince of Darkness, Mr Nick Cave, is returning for a more intimate evening (sort of) at the Bridgewater Hall. Billed as an ‘evening of talk and music’, the legendary singer-songwriter will be answering audience questions and performing some of his most iconic tracks on the piano.

Not to be missed. Bridgewater Hall / bridgewater-hall.co.uk / 0161 907 9000 / Thursday, June 20 / 7pm / GBP30 Music / Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

Performing both Beautiful South classics and songs from their more recent collaboration, the mighty Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are playing two massive concerts at Stockport’s Edgeley Park next week.

Support comes from acclaimed Sheffield troubadour Richard Hawley.

Edgeley Park, Stockport / stockportcounty.com/edgeley-park / 0161 286 8888 / Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 / 5.30pm / GBP30

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