Live Music at Sound Control

Pinpointed at the heart of Manchester's rich music scene, Sound Control continues to pull out all of the stops to bring a strong roster of acts to the city.

Ben Smith

Last updated: 9th Sep 2015

Image: Space Monkeys 

For a city steeped in musical heritage, it takes quite something to stand out amongst the many musical haunts dotted around Manchester. Sound Control, located a tad off Oxford Road, is more than a music venue, it's a part of that history.

Originally existing as A1 Music, it wouldn't be uncommon to bump into the likes of Johnny Marr or Noel Gallagher picking some musical weaponry. And that's without mentioning the venue's instrumentation in the formation of The Stone Roses.

Nowadays, Sound Control plies its trade showcasing a programme cut with the artists currently buzzing the cosmos of pop and rock to alternative heavyweights and a stream of blistering emerging acts. 

To give you a greater sense of what the next couple of months holds for the hotspot, we've picked our shots at some of the acts pencilled in to its diversified run of events. 

Sticking out at the front end of September, hot as iron grime MC Bugzy Malone takes control of the mic on the 16th. Ticking off the 29th as part of their nationwide tour, Manchester quartet Flesh plug the venue's inners with heavy metal guitar solos, licks of Madchester and Britpop. 

Fans of Jim Jones will be eager to catch his brand new collective The Righteous Mind on Thursday 1st October. He's been a firm fixture at the venue with the Jim Jones Revue, and if forthcoming single 'Boil Yer Blood' is anything to go by, we can be safe in the knowledge that this show will continue his streak.

Turning the tables with an instalment of hip hop on the 2nd, Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon link up once again for some prolific wordplay, body popping beats and the unveiling of upcoming LP Elaborate Anoraks. Looking for some techno? Formidable selector and live operator Dave Clarke takes to the controls for Lowdown on Saturday 3rd October.

Shifting to the 5th, if you're a firm listener of Radio 1's Huw Stephens or indie gateway XFM, there's a hefty chance you'll be acquainted with the stunning acoustic spun pop of Kimberly Anne. Carving out a sound that incorporates an assortment of convivial textures, the high flying musician has scored hits like 'Bury It There' above.   

Now Wave introduce alt-rock outfit Speedy Ortiz  to the venue on Friday 16th October, to boost their portfolio of ground-breaking acts  they've introduced to the city. Get acquainted to the band's nineties indie tinged sounds by listening to 'Raising the Skate' (below).

It's almost like the Jim Jones Revue never split up, the band's former pianist Henri Herbert visits with his outfit The Henri Herbert band on Friday 23rd.  

Manchester nostalgia is once again on the cards when Space Monkeys perform their debut album Daddy Of Them All In Full on Saturday 24th OctoberSigned to legendary imprint Factory Records, the band reformed in 2015 for a series of one off special gigs, meaning this is a must for any true Manchester music head of that era. 

To scan all of Sound Control's upcoming live shows and for tickets head to the group.