Unless you’ve been hiding away somewhere, you’ll know that two of Manchester’s most favoured promoters have teamed up to create an event with a line-up that’ll blow your socks off. Taking place this Friday (9th September), Strange Days and Now Wave – two event collectives who favour the new, unusual and exciting with an impressive track record of discovering everyone’s new favourite band before anyone else has heard of them – have collided to form Strange Waves, and have put together one night of some of the most exciting bands around at the moment. Taking place at The Ritz, seven bands will perform across both the ballroom and the basement. Tickets are unsurprisingly almost sold out, but you can get your hands on the last few here. We’ve put together a handy guide to each act appearing across the evening:

The Big Moon

This band have been hotly tipped for big things over the past couple of years, and rightfully so. The London quartet’s harmony-laden grunge-pop has already landed them support slots with The Maccabees and Ezra Furman in their short time together and are on the path to making a huge splash. Their debut album is in the works – let’s hope they tease a few tracks for us at Strange Waves.

Where?: The Ballroom
When?: 9pm


Shame are angry, outspoken and provocative. Hailing from South London, there isn’t much to be found of their music online, which is the perfect reason not to miss them down at Strange Waves. Their politically charged tales don’t shy away from being unashamedly brash and daring – expect an unforgettable in-your-face performance.

Where?: The Basement
When?: 8.30pm

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Strange Waves couldn’t have done better when booking their headline act. This Australian band have made a huge impact on people over the last few years with music that pulls together a whole range of influences to create experimental, exciting sounds. Their fuzzy psych-surf tunes and slower bluesy-soul jams will alter your mind forever and make for an unforgettable show.

Where?: The Ballroom
When?: 10pm

Charlotte Cannon

This solo singer will get your toes tapping and your shoulders shimmying in no time with her jazzy, Nina Simone inspired numbers. Charlotte Cannon’s a rather new kid on the block but has been making quite the impression on those in the know. She’ll be opening Strange Waves down in the basement so get down early to catch her.

Where?: The Basement
Time?: 7:30pm

Methyl Ethel

Aussie trio Methyl Ethel blend psych rock and dream pop to form sweet, chilled out tunes that could be filed amongst MGMT and early Tame Impala. Originally a solo project from frontman Jake Webb, the band as it is now known got together in 2014 and evolved their sound to merge reverb, synths and a little bit of glam rock.

Where?: The Ballroom
When?: 8pm

The Parrots


While they first gained attention thanks to Hinds naming them their favourite band, The Parrots have rightfully claimed their place as one of the most exciting live bands around today. The Spanish trio’s groovy garage-punk tunes are guaranteed to liven things up a bit.

Where?: The Basement
When?: 9:30pm

The Wytches

The Brighton trio are set to return with their second album ‘All Your Happy Life’ on 30th September, so we’re bound to get a taste of it during their set. The Wytches quickly became everyone’s favourite band after their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ dropped in 2014 and they’re showing no signs of going away any time soon. Their howling vocals and riotous guitars will be a climactic finale to Strange Waves – you’d be a fool to miss them.

Where?: The Ballroom
When?: 11:45pm