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ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + INSPIRAL CARPETS + POP WILL EAT ITSELF + GANG OF FOUR + HURRICANE #1 + THE PRIMITIVES+ + EAT + DIESEL PARK WEST (PERFORMING THEIR CLASSIC ALBUM SHAKESPEARE ALABAMA + MILLTOWN BROTHERS + ECHOBELLY (ACOUSTIC) + THE WOODENTOPS+ MARK MORRIS (THE BLUETONES) + BOB + MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON

 

Doors 1.30pm - 11.30pm

 

WITH A BIG, BIG LOVE... WE PRESENT TWO MORE INDIE BIG HITTERS…
 

Announcing to you the addition to the Gigantic Indie All Dayer Vol 2 line-up of...

The Milltown Brothers... and... Mark Morriss (The Bluetones)!

Even more Gigantic news! We're making huge strides towards the announcement of our very special guests this Friday (19th December). But before then, just in case you've been in any doubt that the Gigantic Indie All Dayer 2015 line up can possibly get any bigger before the week is out, think again.

With a flagrant disregard for the Manchester Academy's capacity for heavy weights of classic indie, perhaps it's just as well that we've put in two additional stages to prop up our ever-expanding 2015 line up. Joining the bill we are delighted to announce former A&M Records label mates: THE MILLTOWN BROTHERS and MARK MORRISS of The Bluetones.

 

Twenty-five years since THE MILLTOWN BROTHERS bounced into the top 40 with their transatlantic hit 'Which Way Should I Jump?' and former NME single of the Week 'Coming from the Mill', we're delighted to announce the five-piece from Colne will be making one giant leap for indie-kind by joining the Gigantic second stage next May Bank Holiday.

And, with his much-lauded indie rock'n'roll outfit The Bluetones before going it alone after their split in 2011, MARK MORRISS, isn't exactly a stranger to chart success either. Notching up an impressive thirteen top 40 singles and three top 10 albums, Morriss has been coming home with some of the most memorable choruses for the last 20 years with hits including 'Slight Return', 'Bluetonic' and 'Marblehead Johnson'. Creating some of the most understated, yet melodic work of his career in solo efforts Memory Muscle (2008) and this year's a Flash of Darkness, Morriss is sure to wow as he joins our acoustic-only third stage.


Elsewhere on the second stage, we are expecting indie appetites to be whetted after we previously confirmed that recently reformed alt-rockers EAT will be unleashing one of their notorious live sets at the do. Manchester Academy are thrilled to announce that DIESEL PARK WEST will be tanked-up on the vitriolic psychedelia of their masterpiece, Shakespeare Alabama, as the enigmatic four piece prepare to play their seminal long-player in its full glory.


And seeing as it's that festive time of year again, you can ditch your Mariah Carey and dig out your copy of a former John Peel Festive Favourite. Swooning indie-popsters BOB are on the bill to exclusively play their very first live show since 1993. Championed by the iconic DJ, BOB's infectious single 'Convenience' was boosted by you listeners into the Festive Favourites list 1989. Who need needs 'All I Want For Christmas' right?


As mentioned, the brand-new third stage will now feature MARK MORRISS alongside a trove of hand-picked indie stalwarts who will be taking things down for the occasion with rarely seen all-acoustic renditions of their back catalogues.

ECHOBELLY have been confirmed to headline the ‘Acoustic Stage’ and promise to deliver an unmissable set for fans old and new alike as they strip back their infectious Brit Pop smashes including ‘Great Things’ and ‘King of The Kerb’ for this Gigantic event. Also filling your ears with acoustic sweetness will be the breezy guitars of THE WOODENTOPS who no doubt will be more than just a 'Good Thing' to get your Bank Holiday going.

But in case that wasn't enough, the Main Stage line-up will also see 90s Creation sensations HURRICANE #1 step into the Academy to play a whirlwind set of their Brit-Pop gold as they chart their grand comeback tour in 2015.

These latest exciting additions will be heading up north to stand shoulder to shoulder with the indie rock goliaths already announced for the once annual event. Sets from post-punk titans GANG OF FOUR, Coventry's finest THE PRIMITIVES and industrial mavericks POP WILL EAT ITSELF who will be playing a special GREATEST HITS set which  all looks set to make the Gigantic Indie All Dayer 2015 bash a truly unforgettable one.

Then to cap it all off, make sure you pack your trench coat (even if it is a May Bank Holiday scorcher) and get down the post-punk frontline as Liverpool legends ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN bring the annual event to a close with a momentous hit-laden headline performance.

 

But, don't forget, the indie love-in is only due to get bigger again with a very special guest announcement on 19th of December - stay tuned!

As previously announced, the Gigantic Indie All-Dayer Vol. 2 will be held on Bank Holiday Saturday 23rd May 2015, taking over Manchester Academy for no less than ten hours of uninterrupted music.

In addition to the musical offering, Gigantic Vol. 2 will also feature an expanded beer and cider festival, offering some of the finest apple and hop based tipples known to mankind, direct from the country’s leading independent breweries.

Doors to the event will open from 1.30PM and the final curtain falls at 11.30PM, with tickets priced at 29.00.

 

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