A Manc-night out at The Stables

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TICKETS for this evening’s performance by Georgie Fame went walking from the box office a while ago now, but if you fancy stepping back to the Britpop days, there is still time to take a ticket for Oasish at the venue tomorrow night, with all of the Gallagher songs, but hopefully a little less of that Liam lairyness...

Tickets are £16 for the Mancy night out.

There are still a few tickets ‘clogging’ up the box office for The Dutch Swing College Band, who will jazz up Saturday night.

The seven-piece trad-jazz delivery are something special, even ace Humphrey Lyttelton says so: “A great jazz institution,” he reckons.

Over on Stage 2, Ethan Ash will show how he cuts the tunes.

An Evening with Noah Stewart is a late addition to the programme for Sunday, and a chance to catch a fella on the verge of major success.

It’s well deserved and has been a long while coming for the New York-based tenor.

This date is one of a handful of intimate UK shows, and is a long way from his time spent working at NYs prestigious Carnegie Hall, as a receptionist: “I remember one morning I was humming a tune and one of my supervisors said ‘you can’t do that here’ it’s very distracting,’ so I quit that job.

“It was too hard for me to be in such a musical place and not be able to be musical,” he recalls.

The debut album, cunningly titled Noah, is out now and smashed the UKs Classical album chart, going straight in at the top spot.

“When we were making the record it was at the time of the big uprising in Egypt, and sometimes you can pull inspiration from things like that going on around you.

“The arrangement is epic and exciting, and I got to pour everything into it.”

Between 1982 and 1985, Blancmange had seven chart hits of their own, and a couple of enthusiastically received albums.

Their synthpop made a major connection with the record buying public, and against the odds they became pop stars.

Join the ‘maiden aunts of electronic music’ from 8pm on Monday, as they play in support of their first album for a quarter of a century...

Girlyman, above, are about close-harmony pop-folk – the sounds that would be made if Indigo Girls got together with Paul Simon and created Peter, Paul and Mary.

But it would be sexier...

Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts appear on Stage 2 the same evening. Last up, this week, Neil Innes, known for his collaborative work with Monty Python and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Celebrate the absurdities of modern existence with a chap who likes to tickle the emotions.

Call MK 280800 and book for your preferred date.