The Indie Cred Manchester Music Guide: 28th July – 3rd August 2008

As usually happens when the school holidays hit, the gigs dry up a little. With the Academy closing its doors for a couple of weeks there are few what you might call “name” bands coming to town in the immediate future, although Billy Idol plays the MEN Arena on Wednesday and friend of the blog Bricking Chick may well be going along and hopefully reporting on the experience. Also on Wednesday, Brooklyn electro duo Ratatat play the Roadhouse with support from local post-rockers Laymar. At the Roadhouse on Thursday there is an excellent line-up of local talent with Magic Arm and This Is My Lawnmower playing support to the hotly-tipped Delphic, who boast two former members of defunct and slightly dull indie hobbits Snowfight In The City Centre among their ranks but promise a whole lot more. Not only this but behind the decks for the evening is fellow blogger DJ Grammar of Black Country Grammar fame, a busy man these days given that he has collaborated with James from Yer Mam! to bring you Dig For Victory!, a new club night at the Bay Horse pub on Thomas Street which kicks off tonight (Sunday 27th) and will take place on the last Sunday of every month.

Sheffield’s Bromheads Jacket play the Ruby Lounge on Friday with Orphan Boy in support but the main event of the week, as far as we’re concerned, is the A Day At The Races festival which takes place on Saturday at the Night & Day and MoHo Live, having originally been scheduled to take place on two stages at New Century Hall. Proceedings begin with Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening at Moho Live at 4:30pm with other bands at MoHo including Elf Power, Jeffrey Lewis and Los Campesinos! while the likes of Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, Bearsuit and Múm play the Night & Day. I hope the weather cools a little next Saturday because a packed Night & Day is like a sauna on even the chilliest of nights.

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