Your guide to what’s on in and around Manchester this week.
Monday April 9
Diversity, Manchester Arena, Doors from 6pm, tickets £21.50 & £29.50
After two successful sell out tours, 2009 Britain’s Got Talent Winners begin their biggest UK arena tour this month.
The group already has two previously sold out tours under their belt which gained stand out reviews. This promises to be an exciting evening of entertainment suitable for all the family. Starting promptly at 7.30pm, they will perform their trade mark eye-catching routines to a background of music that blends several styles from classical to hip hop, for two and a half hours.
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tuesday April 10
Myke Wilson Trio, Matt & Phreds, Doors from 5pm, free entry
This group is pivotal to Manchester’s Jazz scene. The group describes their sound as hard swinging and funky.
Myke Wilson has played with nearly every musician on the scene as a percussionist and a drummer. After taking a hiatus to concentrate on alternative projects he is back with a group of old and new friends to perform up-beat numbers, a mixture of straight ahead and what he likes to call ‘funky jazz with a Latin flavour’.
Whether playing at big events or performing as a trio, you can always guarantee that the energy will be exactly the same.
For bookings call 0161 839 7187 between 10am and 6pm
Wedsnesday April 11
Martin Stephenson and the Daintees, Lowry, tickets £19.50
If you fancy an evening of rock pop then the renowned Martin Stephenson with The Daintees is in town to perform their acclaimed and most clelebrated album ‘Boat to Bolivia'.
County Durham singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson’s has an impressive reputation for hearty live shows and this tour follows the success of when Martin and The Daintees performed ‘Boat To Bolivia’ in full at two sold out shows the Jazz Café three years ago.
This show is part of Martin Stephenson and The Daintees first full tour in 20 years and is not to be missed.
Tickets from www.thelowry.com
Thursday April 12
Wood sculpture exhibition, Zion Arts Centre, doors from 5pm, free admission
South Manchester based artist, Rachel Ramchurn, shows off her new exhibition.
A collection of abstract wood sculptures made from reclaimed wood. Much of the art work is carved by using a chain saw, sanded down with power tools and then finely hand sanded to highlight the beauty of the grain and produce a super smooth tactile finish.
For more information contact visit www.zionarts.com
Friday 13 April
Il Divo, Manchester Arena, doors from 7:30pm, Tickets £29.50 & £65
The international operatic pop vocal group will be performing tracks from their latest album Wicked Game alongside classics from their first four albums Il Divo, Ancora, Siempre and The Promise.
Since forming in 2004, Il Divo - USA's David Miller, France's Sebastien Izambard, Switzerland's Urs Buhler and Spain's Carlos Marin - have sold out three world tours performing to over two million fans in 30 countries. They have recently been named 'Artist of the Decade' at the Classic Brits, Il Divo are the most successful international musical break-out story of the decade, selling more than 25 million albums and inventing the classical crossover genre, this promises to be great spectacle.
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Saturday 14 April
Retro, Venus, Doors from 11pm-6am, entry fee £12
For all the clubbers in Manchester, Retro returns to Venus for its next instalment of 2012.
Featuring the finest house anthems expect an electric atmosphere, an up for it crowd, lots of energy and plenty of retro branding. The event is brought to you by Paul Taylor, a successful house Dj who will be performing at the event. Also Included in the line-up are Ricky Isted and Les Paul.
Sunday 15 April
Monster Convention, Sachas Hotel, Tickets £10. Opens from 11am
For Fans of Horror films and amateur writes, why not visit this unusual event, beginning with how to make a monster by Rick Hudson.
A talk on creative writing by the successful writer who has had work published across the globe and has appeared on programmes by the BBC. Next up you will delve into the mind of serial killers and round off with a question and answer session with successful graphic novelists. The event also features stalls, talks and book signings and film screenings.