Long regarded as Britain’s ‘second city’, Manchester is the industrial capital of northern England. Famous for football, dreary weather, and a nasal accent that even fellow Brits mock, the city also has a musical lineage that stretches back decades.

Past standard-bearers for Manchester music have included rock giants Oasis, Doves, The Smiths, and New Order. The city also claims to have given birth to the dance music that dominated charts in the 1980s and ’90s, after the opening of the legendary Haçienda nightclub.

But through Manchester’s still-notorious nightspots, fresh acts emerge every week that show off a new side of the Mancunian sound. Check out free music from these three Manchester-based artists below, to see what we mean.

Artist: Little Neemo
Track: “Enemy Aces”
Sounds like: The earnest young man in music class singing his heart out
For fans of: Goo Goo Dolls, James Morrison, Snow Patrol

Artist: The Portlands
Track: “Sunshine and Stars”
Sounds like: Parent-friendly indie-rock, perfect for drive time sing-alongs
For fans of: Elbow, Belle and Sebastian, Decemberists

Artist: WU LYF
Track: “Heavy Pop” (demo)
Sounds like: An angry gang smashing up a drum factory
For fans of: HEALTH, Crystal Castles, British Sea Power

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