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GIG NEWS: Manchester’s best live shows for February

Written by James Young.
Posted February 14, 2024.
The O2 Apollo in Manchester is hosting A Concert to Fight Food Poverty as a part of its February events

It might not be festival season just yet, but there’s still plenty of chance to enjoy live music with a host of bands coming to Manchester with new albums to promote and a busy summer to prepare for. From Sampha to the 1975 – here’s our pick of the best February events.

Pip Blom

Venue: Canvas

Date: 14 February

Hailing from Amsterdam, Pip Blom are one of the most exciting indie pop groups around at the minute. The Dutch four-piece released their third album Bobbie in October last year and are currently on a European tour. The night before in Sheffield has totally sold out as has the night after in Bristol so be quick.

Pip Blossom will be playing at Canvas in February


Venue: Aviva Studios

Date: 15 February

Mercury-Prize winning Sampha is set to take the stage at our neighbours, Factory International in the Aviva Studios. Staged in the round, this very special performance will be his first headline Manchester show for nearly seven years and one of only two UK stops on his 2024 tour.

The 1975

Venue: AO Arena

Date 17-18 February

Formed just down the road in Wilmslow, The 1975 are gracing us with two dates at the AO Arena as a part of the ‘Still… At Their Very Best’ tour. Definitely one of the most exciting events to attend in Feb.

The 1975 will be playing at the AO Arena

Nouvelle Vague

Venue: Band on the Wall

Date: Friday 23 February

Famous for doing bossa nova style covers of post-punk bands like Joy Division and Public Image Limited, this is one not to be missed. Throughout their 20-year career, Nouvelle Vague have constantly re-invented their sound and changed the concept of covers. This tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of their debut album which features covers of The Clash and XTC like you’ve not heard before.

Nouvelle Vague are playing at Band on the Wall

Music Feeds Live: A Concert to Fight Food Poverty

Venue: O2 Apollo Manchester

Date: 27 February

Led by James guitarist Saul Davies and his partner Vanda Guerreiro, more than 10 artists will perform to raise funds for foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. Liam Frost, Slow Readers Club, The Farm and the Joe Duddell Orchestra have all been confirmed to play on the night. Football legends Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher will be hosting alongside Chris Hawkins from 6 Music.