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Manchester Evening News - - CITYLIFE -

TO­DAY (FRI­DAY 18) Mu­sic / Nick Mul­vey Few mu­si­cal rein­ven­tions are as suc­cess­ful as Nick Mul­vey’s. A found­ing mem­ber of the ac­claimed jazz fu­sion act Por­tico Quar­tet, the Cam­bridge mu­si­cian has now forged an im­pres­sive solo ca­reer, re­leas­ing two al­bums of mel­low, jazzy, off­beat folk-pop. Cur­rently on his big­gest UK tour to date, he’ll be head­lin­ing the Al­bert Hall with sup­port from Warpaint gui­tarist-turned-solo artist Theresa Way­man.

Al­bert Hall / al­berthall manch­ester.com / 0161 817 3490 / Fri­day, May 18, 7pm / £18.50 Mu­sic / The Mouse Out­fit Put on your danc­ing shoes as Manc mu­sic’s finest party band, The Mouse Out­fit, play a mas­sive homecoming show at the O2 Ritz. The band’s lat­est LP, Jagged Tooth Crook, is packed with ap­pear­ances from some of Manch­ester’s finest MC tal­ent in­clud­ing El­lie Meade, Berry Blacc and Dub­bul O – all of whom will be per­form­ing at tonight’s must-see gig.

O2 Ritz / acade­my­mu­sic­group. com/o2ritz­manch­ester / 0161 714 4140 / Fri­day, May 18, 7pm / £15 Mu­sic / Easter Although hail­ing from Crump­sall, gui­tar four-piece Easter could eas­ily have been trans­ported here from the mid-90s Amer­i­can alt-rock scene. Echo­ing the scuzzy-yet­melodic songcraft of Pave­ment, Se­badoh and Slint, these Manc faves are back with a stun­ning sec­ond LP, Me­an­der Lines, ac­com­pa­nied by this in­ti­mate home­town shindig at The Peer Hat.

The Peer Hat / thep­eer­hat.com / 07510 728092 / Fri­day, May 18, 7pm / £5 The­atre / Off­side In­spired by the ex­pe­ri­ences of real fe­male foot­ballers, Sab­rina Mah­fouz and Hol­lie McNish’s ac­claimed piece pro­vides the un­told commentary on the break­throughs and lim­i­ta­tions of women’s foot­ball over the decades. If you missed the show’s sell-out run at Con­tact last year, then here’s an­other to see it at the ex­cel­lent 53Two space.

53Two / 53two.com / 07432 198724 / Fri­day, May 18 and Satur­day, May 19 / £12.50 Club­bing / Sweat What’s the one thing that Manch­ester’s club scene is ob­vi­ously miss­ing? We know what you’re all think­ing: a club night that com­bines ‘90s dance mu­sic with, erm, knitwear? Well, fi­nally, your prayers have been an­swered in the form of Sweat, a brand new event at Go­rilla that mixes old-school house and techno tunes (pro­vided by DJs Daisy Dou­glas, Dike, Moore and Noah) with a strict knitwear-only dress code. If you’re not wear­ing a gar­ish jumper, then you ain’t get­ting in.

Go­rilla / thi­sis­go­rilla.com / 0161 826 2998 / Fri­day, May 18, 11pm / £6.50 Club­bing / The Psy­che­delic Dis­coTech Mak­ing a rare city cen­tre ap­pear­ance, South Manch­ester crew the Psy­che­delic Dis­coTech have as­sem­bled a stel­lar trio of tal­ents this evening: De­tone’s Dar­ren Emerson, Fila Brazil­lia’s Steve Cobby and, most ex­cit­ingly, techno in­no­va­tor and Left­field lynch­pin Neil Barnes.

Band On The Wall / ban­don­the­wall.org / 0161 834 1786 / Fri­day, May 18, 9pm-4am / £20 Lit­er­a­ture / Alice Ose­man and Akemi Dawn Bow­man Two of Young Adult fic­tion’s most ex­cit­ing prac­ti­tion­ers – Alice Ose­man, the au­thor of I Was Born For This, and Akemi Dawn Bow­man, the voice be­hind Starfish – are team­ing up for this spe­cial dis­cus­sion event at Water­stones Deans­gate.

Water­stones Deans­gate / water­stones.com / Fri­day, May 18, Fes­ti­val / Chorl­ton Arts Fes­ti­val As the sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son gets into full swing, it’s per­haps in­evitable that the big­ger, more city cen­tre-based events will grab most of the at­ten­tion and spot­light.

It’s im­por­tant, then, not to over­look those fes­ti­vals which re­side beyond the city lim­its, the smaller events that con­tinue to punch well above their weight – ones such as the Chorl­ton Arts Fes­ti­val.

Back for an 18th out­ing this week­end, the South Manch­ester gath­er­ing is un­leash­ing its big­gest, most am­bi­tious line-up to date, with a fort­night-long pro­gramme of mu­sic, the­atre, com­edy, food and fam­ily events.

The­atre high­lights in­clude the world premiere of The God Delu­sion, based on the best­selling work by evo­lu­tion­ary bi­ol­o­gist Richard Dawkins (Blue Box The­atre, 18-26 May), plus an adap­ta­tion of Cowspiracy, an adap­ta­tion of the 6.30pm / Free, con­firm at­ten­dance by email­ing – events.manch­ester@ water­stones.com TO­MOR­ROW (SATUR­DAY 19) Club­bing / Spaced Out Launch Party DJ Waitz has been a pro­lific fig­ure on the tech house scene, but that hasn’t stopped him from cu­rat­ing his very own club­night. Join the renowned DJ as he serves up gen­er­ous slabs of techno, R&B and house at this in­au­gu­ral ‘Spaced Out’ party.

Joshua Brooks / face­book.com/ joshuabrooks­man­ch­ester / 0161 273 7336 / Satur­day, May 19, 10pm-4am / £3/£6/£9 ac­claimed Net­flix doc­u­men­tary ex­plor­ing how fac­tory farm­ing is dec­i­mat­ing the planet’s nat­u­ral re­sources (Blue Box The­atre, May 28 to May 31).

For com­edy fans, there’s an ap­pear­ance from the bril­liantly sur­real sketch duo Nor­ris & Parker (Chorl­ton Cen­tral Church, 18 May), while a bumper mu­sic pro­gramme in­cludes shows from Manc ex­per­i­men­tal­ists Fran­cis Lung (Wil­bra­ham St Nini­ans, 19 May) and synth-pop duo Koalas (Wil­bra­ham St Nini­ans, 1 June).

There’s also plenty of choice for food­ies in the form of a pop-up restau­rant from chef Si­mon Rim­mer (Wil­bra­ham St Nini­ans, 25 May) and a mas­sive fes­ti­val feast with free food and live mu­sic (Chorl­ton Cen­tral Church, June 3).

Var­i­ous venues, Chorl­ton / Fri­day, May 18 to Sun­day, June 3 / Full line-up and ticket info at chorl­tonarts­fes­ti­val.com

Nor­ris and Parker

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