Balloon Machine Presents

‘Balloon Machine Presents’ are specially curated evenings in Manchester, UK. We pick two or three acts we love, usually they’ve featured on the website or are scheduled to be, and put them on in unique venues. Set-times are published well-ahead, this means that people with accessibility issues can plan their evening. All shows aim to be finished by 10.30pm (latest), sleep is nearly as important to us as music!

Upcoming

Crake + Gold Baby at The Eagle Inn, Salford, Saturday 08 February 2020

After being hand-picked by Big Thief’s Buck Meek to support the band on their European tour, Crake return to Manchester to play our first 2020 showcase on Saturday, February 8th! The Leeds quartet released single ‘Glycerin’ to praise from The Skinny, Gold Flake Paint and For The Rabbits earlier this year, later giving the song a home alongside two new tracks on EP ‘Dear Natalie’.  The group have been lauded for swathing their alt-folk in earthy autumnal tones.

Backing them up are Balloon Machine faves, Gold Baby. The North London outfit’s dreamy grunge-pop is fermented with the knotty impatience and potent vulnerability of obsessive-compulsive songwriter Siân Alex. Singles ‘Philadelphia’ and ‘500/1’ impressed us so much at Balloon Machine HQ, that we just had to ask them to play for us – you can imagine how thrilled we were when they said yes. 

£6 tickets

Past

Katy Kirby + Omes + Papergirl at Gullivers Lounge, Manchester, Tuesday 15 October

Katy Kirby

Credit: Andy Iveson

Omes

Credit: Andy Iveson

Papergirl

Credit: Andy Iveson

Natalie Evans, Bonniesongs and Tea Leaf at The Castle Hotel, Sunday 22 September.

Natalie Evans

Credit: Paul Samuel

Bonniesongs

Credit: Paul Samuel

Tealeaf

Credit: Paul Samuel

Merival, Elk & Robbie Thompson at The Eagle Inn, 12 September.

Merival

Elk

GHUM, Aufbau Principle and Cat Apostrophe at The Castle Hotel, July 15

GHUM

Credit: Paul Samuel
Credit: Paul Samuel
Credit: Mojojo

Aufbau Principle

Credit: Paul Samuel
Credit: Mojojo

Cat Apostrophe

Credit: Mojojo
Credit: Mojojo