WHP curated by Jungle ft. John Talabot, La Priest & more | Store Street | Friday 18 December

11780222_10153426147970874_700001409_oNow Wave are proud to announce a night curated by one of our favourite artists of the last few years, as Jungle take over The Warehouse Project on Friday 18 December.

The band will play a live set – their first in the city since their sold out show at The Albert Hall in February – and have hand picked some of the most exciting and innovative acts that have shaped their own work. Alongside John Talabot – creator of one of 2012′s standout LPs with his debut album ƒIN – Leon Vynehall, Lone and Koreless, Jungle have put together a line-up featuring some of 2015′s best new acts featuring Disclosure collaborator Nao, La Priest and Happa.

TICKETS ON SALE 9AM THURSDAY 22 JULY : £29.50 / £32.50 /// 20.00 — 04.00

The Moonlandingz | Night & Day Cafe | Thursday 28 August

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The Moonlandingz is a collaboration between Lias, Saul – both taking time out from being part of one of the country’s most visceral bands, Fat White Family – and purveyors of analogue audio taxidermy, Sheffield’s Eccentronic Research Council. While the act’s touchstones can be difficult pin down, they describe themselves variously as ‘semi fictional’, ‘psychedelic’ and ‘Ouija pop’.

The Moonlandingz – Sweet Saturn Mine on YouTube

Picked up by 6music, their debut single Sweet Saturn Mine – taken from the band’s self-titled EP, put out on Fat White Family’s own Without Consent label – has earned fans as wide and varied as Sean Lennon (who has also collaborated with the group) and Sleaford Mods. This will be one of only 5 shows that the group will play before going to record their first album.

Tickets are £8 and are available through See Tickets

Metz + Protomartyr | Sound Control | Wednesday 4 November

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METZ are guitarist and singer Alex Edkins, bassist Chris Slorach and drummer Hayden Menzies – a two piece who have become renowned for their brutal live shows, with NME euphemistically saying their performance have ‘a reputation for physicality’.

METZ – The Swimmer on YouTube

Signed to Subpop, they released their eponymous debut album in 2012 – an LP that is now on the shortlist for Canada’s answer to the Mercury, the Polaris Prize. Among the perfect scores and fawning reviews, The Quietus quite accurately described METZ as “one of the finest and most ferocious punk albums in years”. They followed it up with METZ II – an effort that surpassed the heady heights of acclaimed reached by its predecessor. DIY gave it a perfect score, noting “II is an advert to be a whole new generation’s Sonic Youth or Nirvana and on this performance, you’d be foolish not to buy in.”

METZ – II on YouTube

Protomartyr have been around since 2008, quickly earning themselves a cult following with their singular noise-affected post-punk. Having put out the wildly impressive No Passion All Technique (“an impressive showing of sonic, lyrical, and emotional range” 7.8/10, Pitchfork) a few years prior, the band followed it up with Under The Color Of Official Right in 2014 (“This is the best punk rock record you’ll hear this year–never mind that it’s not wholly or even really a punk rock record”, 10/10, Blurt Magazine). The band’s latest record, The Agent Intellect, will be out this Autumn – an album that singer Joe Casey has described as “”back-handed ode to humanity’s resilient self regard in the face of inevitable oblivion”.

Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake on YouTube

Tickets are £12.50 and are available through See Tickets.

HEALTH | Gorilla | Tuesday 27 October

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Six years after their last headline show in the city, Now Wave are proud to be able to welcome HEALTH back to Manchester. Forged by Los Angeles’ creative hub The Smell, the band formed in 2005 and have since become one of the most innovative and exciting noise bands around. Already renowned in their hometown, HEALTH earned a wider audience through a Crystal Castles remix of their track Crimewave – something quickly followed by the release of their self-titled debut LP shortly afterwards in 2007. The album was awarded 7.9 by Pitchfork and described as “noisy rants and sharp stomps [executed] with such precision… the group excels at small accents and mild surprises”.

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2009 saw the release of Get Colour – an album described as “a record with definition and character” (Drowned in Sound, 8/10), “shimmering and scouring” (SPIN, 7/10) and “wonderful, eardrum punishing noise” (No Ripcord, 8/10), among other acclaim – and after that, the band all but disappeared for the best part of 5 years. Having already indulged in various side-projects (such as the wildly successful HEALTH//DISCO series of remixing their own albums), the band set about creating the soundtrack to 2012 videogame Max Payne 3. Their first standalone LP in six years, Death Magic, will be released later this year.

Tickets are £12.50 and will be available from See Tickets from 9am, Friday 17 July

Tickets running low | Mac Demarco, Everything Everything, Kurt Vile & more

This is a final warning for those looking to attend the following shows. Tickets are running low, and those who don’t act fast are likely to miss out.

Mac DeMarco | Albert Hall, Beacons Metro | Saturday 12 September

 In the first of two Now Wave shows as part of Beacons Metro series (which sees the much-loved festival put on unique shows across the North West), we are proud to be able to welcome long-time favourite Mac DeMarco back to Manchester for a special show at Albert Hall.

Tickets are £20 are available via See Tickets.

PINS | Deaf Institute | Friday 18 September

Following their impressive debut Girls Like Us, PINS returned earlier this year with their sophomore effort Wild Nights. More rounded and mature, the LP earned critical acclaim – and this show will act as their homecoming, following a summer spent in the States.

Tickets are £8 and are available through See Tickets

Kurt Vile + Waxahatchee | Ritz | Wednesday 18 November

 An incredibly special double bill containing two of our favourite artists of the last few years. As well as welcoming back Kurt Vile back to Manchester for the first time this year to celebrate the release of his new album, b’lieve i’m going down. He will be joined by Waxahatchee, who was called “one of America’s premier songwriters” in the 405′s review of her latest album Ivy Tripp.

Tickets are £15 and are available from See Tickets

Everything Everything | O2 Apollo | Saturday 21 November

Two years after the release of their last record, Arc, Everything Everything have returned – with their third LP, Get to Heaven, due out in June. After a recent sell-out warm up show at Manchester Academy 2, their largest show in recent times – headlining Manchester Apollo – only has a handful of tickets left.

Tickets are £17.50 and are available through See Tickets.

Ghostpoet | Band On The Wall | Thursday 26 November

Having long been an influential player in the music industry before he made his name with 2011′s Mercury nominated Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet followed up his breakthrough LP with two similarly vaunted efforts – Some Say I So I Say Light (2013) and this year’s Shedding Skin.

Tickets are £13 and are available through See Tickets

The Cinematic Orchestra | Albert Hall | Friday 27 November

Following an intensive period of recording and after the massive success of their recent sell out show at the Roundhouse, The Cinematic Orchestra return with a full 22 date European tour. Taking in 12 countries they will be presenting their stunning new live show including brand new material as well as TCO classics. Led by the inimitable J Swinscoe, the band will feature long time collaborator and saxophonist Tom Chant, vocalists Heidi Vogel & Larry Brown plus maverick drummer Luke Flowers will be joined by new musicians from the US and Europe.

Tickets are £25 and are available through Skiddle