Sunday 22nd October | First Direct Arena
There aren’t many people that can’t be won over by J.Cole’s eloquent and breezy flow. Even Obama confessed his love for the rapper and Drake dubbed him ‘one of the smartest, greatest, most legendary artists of our generation’. If you can’t believe them, who can you believe? This autumn the States-hailing rapper makes a rare trip across the pond to perform his award-winning back catalogue for UK audiences.
Top pick if you’re into: Big Sean, A$ap Rocky, Pusha T
Saturday 28th October | Canal Mills
Having announced the release of their hotly-anticipated debut album, alongside a freshly-inked deal with Ninja Tune Records, Bicep have now dropped dates for a UK autumn/winter tour. Talk about a triple whammy, the lads are absolutely smashing it. It’s no wonder why they’ve risen to become one of the most sought after duos and brands on the dance circuit. Tickets are already flying off the shelf for this one, get involved or risk major FOMO.
Top pick if you’re into: Palms Trax, The Black Madonna, Hunee
Joy Orbison, Or:la
Saturday 28th October | Wire
It’s exciting enough to have the techno titan back in the basement, but even more so because of the promising newcomer that’ll be joining him in the booth…You’ve seen her viral Boiler Room video but now you have the chance to see what Or:la can really do. She’ll be opening up proceedings with her apocalyptic breaks and atmospheric techno before passing the baton to the formidable force that is Joy Orbison.
Top pick if you’re into: Ben UFO, Boddika, Denis Sulta
Friday 13th October | HiFi Club
“From across the Pennines comes a storm…expect a torrential downpour of beats, bass and bad-boy rhymes.” Flagbearers of Manchester’s diverse music scene LEVELZ are bringing their ground-rumbling bass to the HiFi basement again. With an abundance of talent in tow, they’ll be demonstrating why they’re some of the rowdiest party starters around.
Top pick if you’re into: The Mouse Outfit, Dub Phizix, Mungo’s Hifi
Gin & Juice House Party
Thursday 21st September | HiFi Club
Don your furs, dust off your cane and order the cristal ‘cos Gin & Juice are rolling through with another year of LA-style parties. As always they’ll be bringing extra decor, super-fly entertainment, and finger-licking good jerk BBQ. Do we even need to remind you that every September G&J of the past seven years has sold out?
Top pick if you’re into: Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Rick Ross
Good Life | 4th Birthday
Saturday 7th October | Beaver Works
Good Life is pulling out all the stops for their 4th birthday celebrations. They’ll be turning their spiritual home of Beaver Works into The Wormhole, an extraterrestrial world where nothing is as it seems. Expect galactic décor, outlandish performances, interactive experiences and most importantly: an otherworldly lineup.
Top pick if you’re into: Disco, Garage
Thursday 12th October | Arts Club Loft
Having cut their teeth on years’ worth of rigorous touring, King No-One are well-versed in putting on an electric live show. Armed with their buoyant indie bangers, the Yorkshire boys are heading back out on the road this autumn for a mammoth 19-date tour.
Top pick if you’re into: High Tyde, Yonaka, VANT
Prince | A Tribute by Late Nite Tuff Guy
Saturday 14th October | Underground
Australia’s finest musical export Late Nite Tuff Guy takes a journey back to celebrate the life’s work of one of the greatest showmen, producers, and songwriters to ever grace a stage. Following the tremendous success of the show over in Oz, LNTG is bringing his immersive all night tribute to the Purple One over to our home turf.
Top pick if you’re into: Prince.
London Astrobeat Orchestra | Talking Heads
Friday 6th October | Belgrave Music Hall
London Astrobeat Orchestra is bringing their sell-out afro renditions of Talking Head’s most iconic tracks to Leeds’ Belgrave Music Hall. Watch the West African collective rework tracks from classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking In Tongues’.
Top pick if you’re into: Talking Heads, World Music