MANCHESTER is renowned for having one of the best music scenes in the country. Natalie Rees looks at the best gigs happening between February 15-21…

Marina and the Diamonds

Venue: Manchester Academy
Date: Thursday, February 18
Tickets: £22

Description: On Thursday Marina Diamandis welcomes Manchester to her Neon Nature tour. The band, who will be supported by Manchester born singer-songwriter Shura, released their third studio album ‘Froot’ last March, the follow up to the chart topping ‘Electra Heart’. Those at the Academy are sure to hear electro-pop favourites including ‘Primadonna’ and ‘Hollywood’ mixed with more recent releases.

The Japanese House

Venue: The Deaf Institute
Date: Thursday, February 18
Tickets: £8

Description: The Japanese House are rather mysterious, having little information about them on the internet. However, singer-songwriter Amber Bain has still managed to make her mark, embarking on a headline UK tour this February and supporting The 1975 around Europe in the spring. The Japanese House released two EPs last year, ‘Clean’ and ‘Pools To Bathe In’.

Mystery Jets

Venue: Gorilla
Date: Friday, February 19
Tickets: £14.50

Description: Gorilla plays host to indie favourites Mystery Jets on the penultimate date of their UK tour. The recent release of their fifth studio album ‘Curve of the Earth’ and the addition of new bassist Jack Flanagan means that the band’s visit to Manchester is not to be missed.

Rosie Lowe

Venue: The Soup Kitchen
Date: Friday, February 19
Tickets: £8

Description: On the first date of her UK and Europe tour, those at the Northern Quarter venue are sure to be in for a treat. The Londoner released her debut album ‘Control’ last year, effortlessly encompassing meaningful lyrics with R&B and electronic melodies.

City and Colour

Venue: Albert Hall
Date: Saturday, February 20
Tickets: £25

Description:If I Should Go Before You’ is the latest offering of alternative rock from Canadian folk artist Dallas Green. After six dates in Europe, he brings his band to the UK, who he insists inspired in writing his fifth album. The iconic Albert Hall is the perfect place to welcome City and Colour’s latest project.

By: Natalie Rees

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