The best concerts to see in Manchester in June

As June rolls around and we reach the middle of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on the fun we’ve had so far. Post-COVID, we’ve been hit with a plethora of gigs from our favorite bands, induced by the inevitable radio listening during back-to-back shutdowns (cheers, 6Music!), and June certainly won’t put an end to that. so early.

There’s an array of places to stomp and nod in sync with melodic synth-pop, experimental Japanese and early 2000s nostalgia this month – so scroll down to see our roundup. horizon of the best shows!

Public Image Ltd at O2 Ritz
Monday, June 6
Hot off the heels of the premier of Danny Boyle’s all-new Pistols series, John Lydon will play in Manchester next week with Public Image Ltd. to the new series which gives insight into the band’s early years. If he feels up to it, I’m sure you’ll sing along to iconic tracks like “Public Image”, “Rise” and “This Is Not A Love Song”.

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YAANG at YES
Thursday June 9
Salford electronic and post-punk trio YAANG will headline YES next Thursday. The band shot to pre-COVID fame with a performance at Macclesfield’s Bluedot Festival, and after acquiring a brand new member during lockdown, the band went on to release some mega tracks including the most recent “White Socks Yellow”. The track embodies chaotic vocals and Fall-esque riffs that capture the fusion between Salford’s past and modern musical spirit.

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Daði Freyr at Manchester Academy
friday june 10
Eurovision royalty will grace Manchester Academy this month! Icelandic musician, Daði Freyr was supposed to represent the country in the 2020 contest with the catchy ‘Think About Things’ but unfortunately it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That didn’t mean his music wasn’t celebrated across the world, as he returned in 2021 with “10 Years,” finishing in a respectable fourth place.

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Deliluh at the white hotel
friday june 10
The collaboration with Toronto’s DIY community forged Deliluh, a post-punk exploration of poetry through eerie voices. Now just a duo, they return to the North West to support new album ‘Fault Lines’, which is a record that has a circular sound, drifting through moments of threat and sonic isolation to create an alternative album made to be performed at Salford’s infamous White Hotel.

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Parklife at Heaton Park
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June
Parklife is back, baby! This time in the summer too, so we can hope and pray for some sunshine. We definitely deserve it. The lineup sees the likes of 50 Cent, Bicep, Peggy Gou, Carl Cox and The Blessed Madonna take to the stage throughout the 2-day weekend, which only has Sunday tickets left, plus packages VIP weekend, so be quick if you plan to pass!

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Yama Warashi at the Talleyrand
Saturday June 11
Yama Warashi is a Japanese musician and experimental artist. His music draws inspiration from Japanese folk, dance and jazz heavily infused with psychedelia, creating unique soundscapes with outlandish and charming lyrics. She’s been living in London since 2019, where she first got the pseudonym “Yama Warashi,” and since then has been circling concept art.

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Elvis Costello at the Opera
Saturday June 11
Once at the forefront of the ’70s punk and new wave scene, Elvis Costello’s clever lyrics and daring multi-instrumental hits weakened an entire nation. Now in his late 60s, the singer is still on tour and recently released a brand new album, ‘The Boy Named If’, which he will celebrate at the Opera later this month.

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Parquet floors at Albert Hall
Sunday June 12
American indie rockers Parquet Courts played a big gig at Albert Hall in June. Hailing from New York City, the band rose to cult status following the release of their debut album ‘Tally All The Things You Broke’ and have since released an incredible discography of loud punk records designed to be experienced up close and personal!

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Diana Ross at the AO Arena
tuesday june 14
This is not an exercise ! Legendary queen of disco, Diana Ross is coming to Manchester in a few weeks to perform as part of her ‘UK Thank You’ tour. Armed with all the dancefloor classics, the 78-year-old icon is sure to put on a magnificent show celebrating everything amazing about her career, from incredible costume changes to karaoke hits.

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Bo Ningen at YES
tuesday june 14
Embodying today’s artistic music scene, Bo Ningen fuses disparate sounds and influences into a psychedelic fusion of fierce and eclectic grooves that are not for the faint-hearted! Heavily inspired by the 90s grunge scene, alongside bands such as The Fall and Primal Scream, the Japanese noise rock quartet are sure to blow up YES’ Pink Room.

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TLC at Albert Hall
Wednesday June 15
The TLC girl power pioneers will make their triumphant return to Manchester this month with a date at Albert Hall. We all love singing classic karaoke hits “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls” through our favorite 1am boozers, but in a few weeks we’ll all be lucky enough to hear these timeless tunes sung live by none other than Rozonda. Thomas and Tionne Watkins themselves!

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Tigers Jaw at YES
Thursday June 16
A nostalgic glimpse into my 14th birthday and learning the guitar for the first time, Tigers Jaw were one of the original “sad” bands I found myself angst-ridden with. The band are still going strong, bringing their melodic, uncategorized catchy songs to the latest album ‘I Won’t Care How You Remember Me’, which should be celebrated in full this tour, as it was released during lockdown.

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FEET at Gorilla
friday june 17
Clowns from Coventry, FEET return to Manchester this month with their incredibly catchy satirical indie-rock. The band will play a gig at Gorilla, belting out tunes from their 2019 debut album “What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham” with the odd stage dive as well.

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Pond at Manchester Academy
Saturday June 18
Former Tame Impala royalty, Nick Allbrook is now frontman of Australian psychedelic band Pond, who epitomize all that is great about the Western Australian cult scene. Their collective vision of sunshine and psychedelia has created incredible albums such as ‘Hobo Rocket’, ‘Man It Feels Like Space Again’ and the most recent ‘9’, which they will present at the Academy at the end of the month!

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The Avalanches at the O2 Ritz
Tuesday, June 21
Masters of the sample, The Avalanches were a group that reinvented the dance scene of the 90s, creating unreleased music based on layered soundbites, string sections and electronics heavily influenced by the clubbing movement of the decade. They’ve set the pattern for modern sampling and will be celebrating 2020 album “We Will Always Love You” in what promises to be a rowdy party at the Ritz.

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Post mail to the O2 Ritz
Thursday June 23
Snailmail aka Lindsey Jordan is finally back after a tough time between the release of ‘Lush’ in 2018 and ‘Valentine’ in 2021. The singer struggled with addiction and, in November 2020, spent 45 days in rehab. detox. Valentine is an honest account of her experiences becoming a nationally acclaimed indie rockstar and all the troubles it entailed afterward. His highly anticipated live return will hopefully be full of slow guitar melodies and beautifully matched vocals that sit atop shimmering synth pop sounds, everything we know and love about his music.

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Suzanne Ciani at Band On The Wall
friday june 24
Five-time Grammy-nominated composer and pioneer of electronic music, Suzanne Ciani is known for her countless television and film work, as well as her 16 solo albums that give her legendary status as one of the most creative in the world. His influence on the synthesizer has been epic, and his show at Band On The Wall is definitely not to be missed.

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St Vincent at Manchester Academy
Saturday June 25
Annie Clark, aka St Vincent, performs her spectacular show at Manchester Academy at the end of the month. His enigmatic and poetic music won him a Grammy, as well as an admirable interpretation of songwriting that creates beautiful melodies and heartwarming funk.

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